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by russcable
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Caregiver and Caretaker
Replies: 19
Views: 17124

Re: Caregiver and Caretaker

Erik, I think you meant: US care giver = UK carer I would not say US caretaker is the same as a US janitor. A janitor does clean, take out the trash, etc. but it's generally a menial position, not one of responsibility. You hire a janitor to clean your office building, you hire a caretaker to watch ...
by russcable
Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Caregiver and Caretaker
Replies: 19
Views: 17124

Re: Caregiver and Caretaker

*$ caregiveR is dated to 1974 by etymonline $* *$ interestinglY* caretaker is not very old at 1858 $*
*$ caretakeR makes me think immediately of old men living by themselves by cemeteries and haunted houses rather than nurses* home healthcare workers* etc $*
by russcable
Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Night shift
Replies: 7
Views: 3170

Re: Night shift

*$ workinG nights also doesn't have a direct connection with fridaY $* *$ peoplE who work shifts may also have unpredictable daily schedules $*

*$ iF wOz gets to have his own punctuation* then so do I $*
by russcable
Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words spoken before eating
Replies: 13
Views: 7283

Re: Words spoken before eating

Erik said 2 paragraphs about grace already. While grace is often occurs before a meal and one shouldn't eat prior to it if one knows it is the part of the custom of the house or group, I don't think it is polite or respectful to consider the ending "Amen" of a prayer as a starter's signal to gorge y...
by russcable
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Of that sort
Replies: 5
Views: 2195

Re: Of that sort

It's a straight forward combination of "unique" and "situation". And, no, "and sort of things" doesn't work. Also, in the original "of that sort" is modifying "commitments" ("and commitments of that sort" = "and similar commitments") and you've moved it off by itself. It's as if you turned "and red ...
by russcable
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Provide with some advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2721

Re: Provide with some advice

Erik_Kowal wrote:I interpreted Steven's text the way I did because he apparently did so too, ... but only if you are willing ...
If Steven jumped over a cliff... ;-)
by russcable
Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Provide with some advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2721

Re: Provide with some advice

I knew this girl for two years back in my hometown. I read this sentence not as "I knew this girl for two years back - in my hometown" but "I knew this girl for two years - back in my hometown.", i.e "I knew this girl for two years when I lived in my hometown". This sentence by itself doesn't tell ...
by russcable
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Was conquered by
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Re: Was conquered by

Erik_Kowal wrote:You are either aristocratic or you are not. There is no 'very'.
I disagree. Being like something is not the same as being something. If you hold your pinky in the air while slurping your tea, you're a little bit aristocratic.
by russcable
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Consecutive days
Replies: 7
Views: 2584

Re: Consecutive days

Literally, if you can't live, you die. Of course, you would mean it metaphorically, but it's still much more extreme. If your friend used "I bet you couldn't live without food" in this situation, you might gather that your friend thinks that you are practically addicted to food and probably never st...
by russcable
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Proud of
Replies: 1
Views: 1263

Re: Proud of

"Since" doesn't need "up to now". "college" by itself is a bit unclear. Since starting college (you paid for your own schooling), Since the third year of college (they paid for the first two years), Since I left college (you quit to get a job), Since graduating from college (you finished), ... "... ...
by russcable
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Bovine Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 3185

Re: A Bovine Problem

Bobinwales wrote:A small town in wildest Scotland stopped giving milk.
??? Where do you put the bucket?
by russcable
Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Was conquered by
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Re: Was conquered by

"In the very first time" makes no sense. The second "sentence" is not a sentence as there is no independent clause.
by russcable
Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Consecutive days
Replies: 7
Views: 2584

Re: Consecutive days

As the Wiz already explained, you don't "win a prize" by succeeding at a dare. You win something from a bet. I'll try to turn it around to use "treat" even though "treat" is not the word that comes naturally to me in this sentence. Two weeks ago, my friend bet me that I couldn't go without food for ...
by russcable
Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Sad sad day
Replies: 11
Views: 9863

Re: Sad sad day

Roo'inate. ;-)
by russcable
Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kidnap
Replies: 10
Views: 3204

Re: kidnap

shanghai, impress, snatch, abduct, nobble