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by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 4902

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: 8087

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: 5630

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: 18856

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: 9862

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: 4151

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: 7973

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: 4045

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: 2515

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: 3634

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...
by BonnieL
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: look like Peter Pan
Replies: 6
Views: 3740

Re: look like Peter Pan

I suspect it was because slightly built women looked more boyish than mature men. I think now a slender young man would be cast in the role.
by BonnieL
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 11059

Re: Authoress

Our local weekly had a front page headline about an "authoress." Haven't seen that word since the last time I read Little Women. We know the young man who wrote that (husband was his Latin teacher), so I might say something the when I see him. Feminine endings on words are slowly going away - good r...
by BonnieL
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 3034

Re: so charmed

Ditto. It's also what inspired "Baby, It's Cold Outside." :D
by BonnieL
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rodeo Drive
Replies: 9
Views: 3898

Re: Rodeo Drive

Rodeo is an interesting word. I've always pronounced it "RO-dee-o" (grew up in the NW US & went to rodeos). Then I heard the song (don't remember which it is) that pronounced it "ro-DAY-o." Rodeo Drive is pronounced the 2nd way. My quick read on it is that Rodeo Drive is pronounced closer to the ori...
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Useful tip for those with hard-to-open wallets
Replies: 5
Views: 4829

Re: Useful tip for those with hard-to-open wallets

Tony - that's such a sweet story. Thank you for sharing it!