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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2058

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

I had the same experience as you, Paula. I've been unable to identify the text from which the alleged quote by Clement Stone supposedly comes. I found the following variations: Little hinges swing big doors Small hinges swing big doors Big doors swing on little hinges Big doors swing on small hinges...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tea
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Re: Tea

To me that's a tea plantation.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Great Predictor – Trump’s new chief economic adviser
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Re: The Great Predictor – Trump’s new chief economic adviser

Which prompts me to post the Prayer of St Francis as conceived by Donald Trump and used as his guide for appointing officials: Lord, make me an instrument of disharmony. Where there is not yet hatred, let me bring detestation. Where there is no offense, let me bring four-letter words and racial slur...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: smart as he is
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: smart as he is

This seems like a distinction without a difference.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wooden thing
Replies: 3
Views: 1350

Re: Wooden thing

As far as I can tell from the picture, the object in question is a punishment yoke. In pre-revolutionary China, it was apparently called a cangue, tcha or kea: "A form of pillory used in China for minor offences, the cangue (also known as the tcha or kea) is described here by the writer F. Alverez S...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Straws
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Straws

These stir sticks / stirring sticks / stirrers resemble straws in having a tubular construction. But here the primary purpose is to give them the stiffness, surface area and ability to generate turbulence that are needed for efficient stirring and the dissolving of solids.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: List
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: List

A list is something you would get "on"
... or "onto".

You can also {be / get} included {in / on} a list. Or you could find yourself included in a list [of X].
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is not to
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Re: is not to

Depends on context, same as "His kindness is unbelievable".
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sideboards
Replies: 5
Views: 1143

Re: Sideboards

Sideboards is listed as having "sideburns" as one of its meanings (in British usage) in all the main online dictionaries I consulted. Indeed, it was the standard term for them in the southern English secondary school I attended back in the 1970s, when most of us boys tried to grow them as long and ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used in toilets / restrooms
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: Thing used in toilets / restrooms

Hi Steven,

I'd call it a privacy screen or privacy partition.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only vs. just
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: only vs. just

"You only have to get used to it" is not wrong, exactly, but it's not idiomatic English either. "{You / You'll} just have to put up with it" or "{You / You'll} just have to live with it" is probably what most people would say, with "You'll" (or "You will") being more likely to be said than just "You...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Bridge

Erik : right in most but I would expect to disagree with "suspension bridge". To me a suspension bridge must have a cable anchored at both ends and lifted onto towers from which the deck is suspended. In Steven's picture the deck is on anchored ropes. Maybe the addition of "simple" to make "simple ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Bridge

For convenience, I've posted the relevant image here: From this Wikipedia page: "A simple suspension bridge (also rope bridge, swing bridge (in New Zealand), suspended bridge, hanging bridge and catenary bridge) is a primitive type of bridge that is supported entirely from anchors at either end and ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: Minding ones P's and Q's

According to etymologist Michael Quinion, the expression was probably created by Churchill.

See Quinion's article for more details.