I agree with "Student Driver" being easy to understand. But if you used the word "learnt" in the US, people would wonder where you were from. Here it's "learned."
Found out I've been pronouncing the Briticism "whilst" incorrectly. Amazing what we can learn from movies.
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you will have noticed that machines are inevitable "she". They look good, work hard and men spend a lot of money on them even if they are unreliable. I wonder if that depends on the owner. I've had a lot of cars (I tend to buy losers), most of whom were male. I've had only 1 car that was female. So...
I wonder if you have missed the humour in that in the UK "pants" are undergarments. I would hang trousers on hangers. Slacks are a type of trouser worn by women. :) Nope - just didn't know if you used the word 'slacks' in the UK. Here slacks can be for men or women. Tho men's would be referred to a...
- Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:08 am
- Forum: Addicts' Corner
- Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
- Replies: 7
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I recently found a shoebox of letters written by my father to his parents during WWII. In the box were also 2 letters from my great-uncle to my grandmother, written at the end of WW1. It shouldn't have surprised me that the letters sounded alike: death, cold, misery, bad food, hunger, more death. Th...
In order to save money during a brief stay in a vintage, down-at-heel Denver hotel, I ran the elevator for about $5 a day. It was one of those really old ones, with two doors I operated manually: the inner, an ornate metal-work accordion-like job; the outer, a two-piece sliding thing with a long le...
Pants hangers usually have an extra bar along the bottom which the folded pants hang on, and there's a notch the bar tucks into that keeps the pants from slipping. It would never occur to me to hang pants on a hanger. As far as I am aware the common expectation is that they would be kept in drawers...
A twenty a day man. We usually called ourselves, "pack-a-day" smokers, or (horrors!) "two- or three-packs-a-day." Cigarettes came twenty to a pack, so the result is the same. I was a pack-a-day smoker, off and on, until, thankfully, I quit for good -- almost twenty-five years ago. Congratulations! ...
- Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:50 pm
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
- Topic: numbnuts
- Replies: 20
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I don't have a fireplace, so if one of my old cookbooks said to cook something "on the hob," I would guess that slow cooking in the oven would be closer to what was meant than cooking on the stovetop. Hobs are mentioned in a lot of older books. If memory serves me right, it's usually hot water that'...
- Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:15 pm
- Forum: Usage and Writing
- Topic: Don't want to see it past
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Hey Steven - I read Not Always Right, too. The entries can be fun to read, but be careful about using them to learn English. The grammar, spelling, etc. are often atrocious.
- Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:08 pm
- Forum: Addicts' Corner
- Topic: Why Americans spell the way they do :)
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I always assumed that they were just too busy to waste time on letters that weren't really necessary. Living right upstairs, for the past 60 odd years, I'm pretty familiar with Amlish but I never noticed the missing "e" in axe. And here I thought it was just extra "u"s they had a problem with. They...