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by BonnieL
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Just learnt to drive
Replies: 6
Views: 3316

Re: Just learnt to drive

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. :D
by BonnieL
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the damage?
Replies: 7
Views: 3437

Re: What's the damage?

While it's not something I'd say, I have heard people ask, "What are the damages?" Plural.
by BonnieL
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A litre of petrol
Replies: 8
Views: 4390

Re: A litre of petrol

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...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 7059

Re: Clothes hangers

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...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 4786

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

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...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 4393

Re: Lingerie floor

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...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 7059

Re: Clothes hangers

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...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 5022

Re: Lots of cigarettes

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! ...
by BonnieL
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: numbnuts
Replies: 20
Views: 16323

Re: numbnuts

Phil White wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:19 pm
I dread to think how you deal with contraception in your family, trolley.
Are you referring to Kurt Vonnegut's story? I think it was "Welcome to the Monkey House."
by BonnieL
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 8528

Re: Hob

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'...
by BonnieL
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't want to see it past
Replies: 5
Views: 3830

Re: Don't want to see it past

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.
by BonnieL
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 6363

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

British politics have become as crazy as American. My condolences.
by BonnieL
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 3693

Re: Removing your hair

#2. The first sounds like removing the hair from the head.

Tho both are more polite than what I'd say!
by BonnieL
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a good tool to keep at home
Replies: 1
Views: 2320

Re: a good tool to keep at home

a & b are the same - neither are good.

c - no

d - is fine

e - I'd prefer "at" - doesn't matter if he does it deliberately or not.
by BonnieL
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Why Americans spell the way they do :)
Replies: 3
Views: 2965

Re: Why Americans spell the way they do :)

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...