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by BonnieL
Tue May 10, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of knife
Replies: 6
Views: 2819

Re: A kind of knife

I think this may be the first time we're all in agreement - it's called a bread knife here, too!
by BonnieL
Tue May 10, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What is this item called?
Replies: 14
Views: 5282

Re: What is this item called?

in England the wobbly dessert is called a jelly. Jelly and iced-cream being a favourite combination. Eww. I can't imagine Jello & ice cream - tho people here do put whipped cream on it. Don't like that, either. This conversation has cleared up a mystery. I never understood these lines from "A Visit...
by BonnieL
Mon May 09, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What is this item called?
Replies: 14
Views: 5282

Re: What is this item called?

Do cookies cover all types of biscuits? In England cookies tend to be reserved for something harder than a shortbread and usually including chocolate pieces. So if you break a biscuit there will be usually some element of a snap or crack. Biscuits cover all types of hard cooked items including savo...
by BonnieL
Sun May 08, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What is this item called?
Replies: 14
Views: 5282

Re: What is this item called?

Bobinwales wrote:In Wales 'cookies' tend to be Americanised and vaguely Americanised biscuits. "Chocolate Chip Cookies", "Maryland Cookies" etc. I am not sure of the rest of Britain.
I had to look up Maryland cookies - we don't have them here in the States! :)
by BonnieL
Sat May 07, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What is this item called?
Replies: 14
Views: 5282

Re: What is this item called?

tony h wrote:A biscuit gun. Cookies are still a transatlantic term.
When I started reading books by British authors, I wondered why the characters ate so many biscuits. Then I found out that biscuits are cookies. :)
by BonnieL
Wed May 04, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Animals
Replies: 2
Views: 1775

Re: Animals

Context driven for sure - it's Howard Stern! I'm surprised he doesn't call them something a lot worse. 0_o
by BonnieL
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To hypen or not to hypen?
Replies: 6
Views: 2716

Re: To hypen or not to hypen?

I have to say that as "store-bought" is not an expression used in the UK, we have shops, a store is huge, I feel that if hyphens care in common use in the US, then one would be entirely suitable here. Most stores here are huge, too! Americans seem to go for the extra-large, economy size. :) I went ...
by BonnieL
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very much defeated
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

Re: very much defeated

Change the ending to "turn of events" - no "had taken" - and all are better. I'd ditch the emphasisers, too. They aren't needed. Unless you have a character saying this & it fits his style.
by BonnieL
Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dumb
Replies: 4
Views: 2210

Re: Dumb

tony h wrote:I would assume you have misheard it and the words were "damn good".
Especially if the actor's mouth was full of cake. ;)
by BonnieL
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To hypen or not to hypen?
Replies: 6
Views: 2716

To hypen or not to hypen?

Preferences for store-bought or store bought please! In the same article I'm going with handmade and homemade. But storebought doesn't seem to be an option.

Thanks in advance!
by BonnieL
Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kitchen uniform?
Replies: 3
Views: 2059

Re: A kitchen uniform?

I don't think there's a word for those here, other than chef's coats. But more run-of-the-mill uniforms are called food service (or restaurant) uniforms. Don't think I would want to put out that kind of money just to have something nice to wear in a cooking class. I'd go for scrubs - they're comfy &...
by BonnieL
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bed bus?
Replies: 6
Views: 2683

Re: Bed bus?

I recently read about one that goes from (I think) San Francisco to LA (or maybe it was San Diego?). Can't for the life of me remember what the writer called it. He (or she) wasn't too impressed - thought flying was a better use of the travel time. For people like me who don't do well in planes, it ...
by BonnieL
Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To be three sheets to the wind
Replies: 9
Views: 3337

Re: To be three sheets to the wind

I don't know how common it is, but musician friends of mine called their first album "Three Sheets to the Wind." It seemed appropriate as they were the Howling Gael & a lot of their songs were about drinking. :)
by BonnieL
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat of American Indian
Replies: 6
Views: 2844

Re: Hat of American Indian

tony h wrote:As a complete aside, why do women wearing men's clothes so often look good and are socially acceptable but men wearing women's ...
I've wondered that myself!
by BonnieL
Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat of American Indian
Replies: 6
Views: 2844

Re: Hat of American Indian

Plains Indian war bonnet - worn only by men, who are not necessarily chiefs. Good article here: http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com/ ... dont-do-it, and also a Wikipedia article.