Search found 7948 matches

by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Re: box to store rare stones

Phil White wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:29 pm
[...] I think most people would actually say:
"Jack stole Tom's poster to put on his wall."

Somehow it seems to round the statement off better, although I am unsure as to why.
Because it ties the wall more closely to Jack as the agent and beneficiary of his theft of the poster.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Re: box to store rare stones

Neither 1) nor 2) would come naturally to a native speaker, regardless of the intended meaning. They would write: 1) First meaning: Jack stole the guitar that Tom uses for playing in small venues. Second meaning: Jack stole Tom's guitar {so that he could play / in order to be able to play} in small ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Re: The backside of the moon

The age-old post-1986 conundrum: should 'Uranus' be pronounced like 'urinous' or 'your anus'?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Re: might win yet

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:41 pm
...and here we might add "so it is" or "once".
Could you please expand on that with a couple of examples?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 3
Views: 1181

Re: Shoes

They are Velcro fastening straps. For more information about the hook-and-loop fastening system, see this rather interesting Wikipedia article, which includes the comment that "Shoe closures can resist a large force with only a small amount of hook-and-loop fasteners. This is because the strap is wr...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Old years eve
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Old years eve

Thanks, Trolley, for that reminder.

Here's the link:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24747&p=88859
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 1613

Re: altogether

These are both unambiguous:

He gave each of them one hundred dollars.

He gave them collectively one hundred dollars.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talking loudly and using bad language
Replies: 3
Views: 1434

Re: talking loudly and using bad language

In the case of b), 3) applies. A significant difference between a) and b) is that in a) specific behaviours are being described in the second clause. In b)'s second clause, a particular attitude is being described. So in the case of b), the second clause is merely underscoring or amplifying what has...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Up to the D
Replies: 11
Views: 1825

Re: Up to the D

This expression, which I had not previously encountered, was a bit of a head-scratcher. I found that quote on a motivational quotes website, but nowhere else; the expression "up to the D" appears to be almost unknown to Google except as false positives. It was only when I looked up Jack Black on Wik...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Useful tip for those with hard-to-open wallets
Replies: 5
Views: 1520

Re: Useful tip for those with hard-to-open wallets

tony h wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:19 pm
After the friend had left Mrs Oliver said to me, "That will never happen to Mr Oliver and me because we always look to repair and mend and love the things better for their repairs."
Very heartwarming! :)
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spin to the holiday
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Re: Spin to the holiday

In this context, spin = variation, twist, (alternative) way of doing something.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Iron frames
Replies: 3
Views: 1490

Re: Iron frames

A free-standing structure made from scaffolding poles can be termed a scaffolding tower.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Christmas!
Replies: 14
Views: 3709

Re: Happy Christmas!

Gdwdwrkr, I don't know where Bob got the picture (unless he says otherwise, I assume it's one he took himself). However, I can tell you that the honey locust is not found in the wild in Britain.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome lock
Replies: 7
Views: 2196

Re: Chrome lock

I would call the clamp a spring-clip {retainer / fastener}. Jars for home canning are usually referred to as Kilner jars in the UK (as Bob mentioned), and Mason jars in the USA. I have also found them described online as Fido jars (which Trolley mentioned) and wire bale jars. Both of these two names...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Commencement
Replies: 9
Views: 2326

Re: Commencement

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:24 pm
I have never heard of a "commencement". Is this something that only happens in the USA?
As far as I know, this term is used chiefly in North America (i.e. also including Canada). The allusion is to the beginning of the new graduate's life as a full adult.