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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 1767

Re: Do someone else's work

Just let me know the next time you need maternity cover, John. I'll be happy to stand in for you any time. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 1767

Re: Do someone else's work

Substitute [or sub] for John.
Stand in for John.
Do maternity cover for John.
Provide sickness cover for John.
Take on John's tasks while he's off sick.
Keep John's seat warm while he's recuperating.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 13695

Re: Finger food for thought

Thanks! That's not the sort of history that's taught in public schools here. An awful lot of American history is not taught in American schools, whether they are state-run or privately run, and a lot of what is taught is, regrettably, tendentious and self-serving. (In that respect it's like most of...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Convenience shops
Replies: 4
Views: 1278

Re: Convenience shops

As Tony says, local customs vary. Where I used to live in the USA there were convenience stores attached to gas stations which were open 24/7. In large metropolises like New York City you will also find some that are independent of gas stations.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nothing good
Replies: 3
Views: 1200

Re: Nothing good

It's an example of what you might call mock modesty, implying that you are deliberately downplaying your good qualities in order not to sound big-headed.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man and woman
Replies: 1
Views: 944

Re: a man and woman

I agree with your interpretations, though they could easily be overturned by a contradicting clarification.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: Chrome circle

I can see that website, but the link is to the top-level domain's landing page, not to an image file or even a lower-level page. Do you have any other images? (If you can still see the original photo, open the link in Chrome in your PC, right-click on the image, and select the option to run a search...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: Chrome circle

Not showing here either.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

I'm sorry to hear of this development, Phil. I can only imagine how wrenching it must be to you to close such a significant chapter.

Hopefully, by letting go of it you are making more room for something else in your life that has positive value for you.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 1326

Re: Trousers

The treatment given to the lower part of the chaps (which usually cover only the front part of the leg — something that is not obvious from the photo you have included here) is known as a fringe. They are intentional cuts, not accidental rips. So you could describe the chaps as being fringed at the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Worse
Replies: 2
Views: 913

Re: Worse

Because James was only pretending to be Harry's friend. That kind of 'comfort' is no comfort at all. It's the very opposite, in fact: the casual dismissal of the gravity of Harry's predicament is a demonstration of callousness and James's obvious lack of concern regarding the welfare of Harry and hi...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fifty quid pro quo
Replies: 1
Views: 1131

Fifty quid pro quo

A man walks into a bar with a mouse on his shoulder. "What are you doing with that animal in here?" the barman asks the stranger. The man replies, "Well, I have a proposition for you. The mouse gets to stay — and I get a full bottle of good whisky — if I can show you the little feller playing the pi...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Either will do
Replies: 3
Views: 1048

Re: Either will do

No apology necessary. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the stories that won
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Re: one of the stories that won

None of them are wrong, but only 1) is both elegantly and convincingly worded.

Specifically, 2) is unnecessarily verbose, and 3) makes the both the story and the contest sound distinctly underwhelming.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet
Replies: 0
Views: 1339

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

In a stimulating article in The Guardian dated 2018-07-27, Jacob Mikanowski makes a convincing case that the global dominance of English as what the Dutch sociologist Abram de Swaan calls the world's sole 'hypercentral' language is impoverishing humanity both imaginatively, emotionally and culturall...