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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

Bob's right. Otherwise there would be endless confusion as to which location was being referred to.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swords
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: Swords

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I would call those tassels.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 856

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

"One in 1 million people is / are affected" and "One person in 1 million is affected" are essentially identical in meaning. The second statement unquestionably requires the singular verb 'is', so it can be argued that the first statement similarly requires it. However (and notwithstanding Tony's cav...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

I didn't realise that St. Alban had been leading such a notoriously dissolute lifestyle that even Chiswell Greensfolk might feel obliged to observe it with their own eyes.

If they were from North Mymms or Colney Heath, I could understand it better.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Airport pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Airport pipe

Wikipedia says: "A jet bridge (also termed jetway, gangway, aerobridge/airbridge, air jetty, portal, skybridge, or its official industry name, passenger boarding bridge (PBB)) is an enclosed, movable connector which most commonly extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, and in some ins...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Hat

I would call it a [floral] bonnet.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Your Christmas challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: Your Christmas challenge

Phil: this one is described by the vendor as "Gentlemen/Ladies Pig Shot Glass 1950s". https://img0.etsystatic.com/149/0/9656257/il_340x270.1124588336_gref.jpg ---------------- And: "Six liquor glasses with dosage for gentlemen and ladies, gold lines, pig figure". https://img0.etsystatic.com/182/0/11...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Change
Replies: 0
Views: 137

Change

The Buddha was at a hot-dog stall. "Make me one with everything." The vendor handed the Buddha the hot dog he'd assembled — the bun, the dog, fried onion, ketchup, mustard, chili peppers — and said, "That'll be $4.50." The Buddha tendered a $5 bill. The vendor put it away and started tidying his sta...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bupkus/bubkis/bubkes
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: bupkus/bubkis/bubkes

Here's a photo of some goat droppings for your viewing pleasure:

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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ribbon
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Ribbon

The object that Anastasia Lin is wearing is a sash. She should be commended for using her visibility as Miss World Canada to take a stand in support of the otherwise defenceless Falun Gong followers in China. At a time when the apparatus of the state is being used to crush even the hint of any disse...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dox/doxing
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: dox/doxing

I guess we can cross Bob and Tony off the list of suspects. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A foot long
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: A foot long

You've correctly understood part of what the headline writer was intending to convey, but I can see why this wording might be confusing to a non-native speaker. A footlong is Subway's name for one of its offerings, a kind of sandwich whose length is literally about a foot (12 inches / circa 30 cm.)....
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Long jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: Long jacket

There's a lot of overlap between a trench coat, a greatcoat and an overcoat. Partly because garment design keeps changing and evolving, there's no consensus regarding the exact definition of each of these descriptors. Based purely on the references I've cited (including the images attached to the ar...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Long jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: Long jacket