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by BonnieL
Sat May 26, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: gaslighting

Thank you, Ken. My thoughts regarding Trump and... well, American society in general (with the honourable exception of yourself and other US-based fellow-Wordwizards, of course!) are not fit to be expressed in polite company, so I'll keep them to myself in this forum. We're probably all thinking th...
by BonnieL
Tue May 22, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 961

Re: dangling modifier?

I think all of those could be you - none are very clear.
by BonnieL
Tue May 22, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: a van for carrying

Thank you, Tony! I came across the word in a book last week & was too lazy to look it up. I was able to figure it out from the context, but it's nice to see the meaning & pictures pop up here. :)
by BonnieL
Tue May 22, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A person
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: A person

Moocher is one of my favorites.
by BonnieL
Sun May 06, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: All together

The only Danny Kaye song I remember & get stuck in my head on occasion is the Inchworm song - from the same movie, I think.

Your question is a good one - I'll be checking for replies!
by BonnieL
Thu May 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Twins
Replies: 5
Views: 1076

Re: Twins

You could ask that, and it would be a correctly-formulated question. However, I think the majority of women would squirm with discomfort and/or annoyance at being asked such an undiplomatic question, especially if they were not actually pregnant but merely overweight. It's partly the "or something"...
by BonnieL
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Glass thing
Replies: 4
Views: 994

Re: Glass thing

Table top. I looked it up because I thought it was one word but wasn't sure. Why isn't it one word?
by BonnieL
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you won't believe it
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: you won't believe it

Somehow turning the sentence around looks better to me: You wouldn't believe how many dresses she has!
by BonnieL
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: If you know anyone having a pacemaker fitted
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: If you know anyone having a pacemaker fitted

My brother-in-law just had one put in - after triple bypass surgery. He had absolutely no symptoms until he keeled over while training for a triathlon & ended up in ER. If you have a family history of heart problems - as he did - get checked out!
by BonnieL
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To be determined to
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: To be determined to

The link to the Word Detective reminded me - does anyone know how Even Morris is doing? Is he still alive? I sent a note by snail mail in January & didn't hear back.

I'm still reading his archives & enjoying them very much.
by BonnieL
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To be determined to
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: To be determined to

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:35 pm
To be {hell-bent / dead set} on [/i][object or doing something] ("He was hell-bent on being the first in line")[/in]
My mother's version of this was "hell bent for leather." Since I never understood it, I didn't pick it up. :)
by BonnieL
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Babies' clothes
Replies: 6
Views: 981

I quote from Wikipedia: --------------------- Other names of this outfit include Onesies (a registered trademark often used in the United States as if it were generic[1][2]) I've never heard of the brand Onesies, but I & every other mom I know calls them onesies. When I was new at dressing babies, ...
by BonnieL
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: BBC Radio 4 Extra : Many a Slip
Replies: 11
Views: 1872

Re: BBC Radio 4 Extra : Many a Slip

For those of us in the US, a little more BBC wouldn't hurt! We've noticed that upper class, presumably educated characters are easier to understand than the lower classes. I remember seeing an actor as a lower class character, and in another show as an upper class type. It was so much easier to unde...
by BonnieL
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathtub
Replies: 4
Views: 850

Re: Bathtub

I would call it a bathtub tray, but at least one site on-line calls it a bathtub caddy.
by BonnieL
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: L'esprit de l'escalier
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: L'esprit de l'escalier

I guess "staircase wit" was what I was thinking of. But we could really use a more elegant phrase in English for that.