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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Genre or Register?
Replies: 8
Views: 22822

Genre or Register?

While on the subject of alternative spellings for chemical elements, Wikipedia has the following to say about 'aluminium' versus 'aluminum': "In the English-speaking world, the spellings (and associated pronunciations) aluminium and aluminum are both in common use in both scientific and nonscientifi...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no entry
Replies: 23
Views: 10344

no entry

We are living in permissive times. In the 1920s, Nanette was a no-no.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cream teas
Replies: 19
Views: 7043

cream teas

But it would probably fit over a classic English detective novel.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: luggage and baggage
Replies: 16
Views: 4364

luggage and baggage

That all depends on the point of view. I can think of quite a few teachers who might have benefited from being subjected to it.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: luggage and baggage
Replies: 16
Views: 4364

luggage and baggage

Edwin's excellent summary of the situation will prove invaluable to generations of learners of business English.

If my teachers had only been that wise, I should not be here now.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 7:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thanking my inlaws
Replies: 7
Views: 37455

Thanking my inlaws

Some worm-eaten fogeys apparently think it's unseemly for Les Dawson to create the torrent of mother-in-law jokes that is the mainstay of his spare-time career as a comic out of the endless material he gets from penning the pseudonymous replies in his 'Dear Abby' advice column. Which only goes to sh...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cream teas
Replies: 19
Views: 7043

cream teas

A British cozy is just the thing to slip over a pot of Cornish cream tea.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: luggage and baggage
Replies: 16
Views: 4364

luggage and baggage

Some people are well matched with their baggage.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Genre or Register?
Replies: 8
Views: 22822

Genre or Register?

The requirement to spell 'sulphur' 'sulfur' is a consequence of an orthographic change on the part of the international body responsible for deciding such matters. According to Wikipedia: "The element has traditionally been spelled sulphur in the United Kingdom, India, and New Zealand, but sulfur in...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not enough English?
Replies: 18
Views: 7979

Not enough English?

Russ, of course your basic point is right. However, one of the nurses' important tasks is to monitor the condition of the patient, and effective communication with the patient, it seems to me, cannot be regarded as separate from that duty. The failure of the patient in the newspaper story to survive...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: luggage and baggage
Replies: 16
Views: 4364

luggage and baggage

Baggage, it seems to me, is luggage in transit.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A Blegburn Dickshonary
Replies: 7
Views: 4672

A Blegburn Dickshonary

Podictionary, I suspect Phil may be drawing attention to the distinction between 'dialectal' ('pertaining to dialects') and 'dialectical' ('pertaining to logical argumentation'). On the other hand, my Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary states that 'dialectical' can also be used in the sam...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not enough English?
Replies: 18
Views: 7979

Not enough English?

If I were being uncharitable, I would say that 'bullshit logic' is one of the most succinct terms for the newspaper paragraph's presentation of a specious assertion that conflicts with the basic facts described in the article. (You could also call it 'faulty logic' or 'illogicality' if you insist on...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: think of and think about
Replies: 3
Views: 3400

think of and think about

4b may be somewhat arcane, but not to an extreme extent. "I think about myself as a blues guitarist" could legitimately express the musings of a musician who is trying to decide where he belongs stylistically amid all the other blues guitarists he knows of, as a prelude to a statement like "I feel I...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: jump to conclusions
Replies: 2
Views: 1878

jump to conclusions

Try 'rush to judg(e)ment', 'put two and two together and make five', 'have/give/produce a knee-jerk/gut/automatic/instinctive/spontaneous/reflex/Pavlovian reaction/response', 'rush to conclusions', 'react automatically', 'take for granted', 'rely on supposition', 'hazard a guess', 'conjecture', 'hav...