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by BonnieL
Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Denim outfit
Replies: 8
Views: 3253

Re: Denim outfit

Agree with overalls or bib overalls. Tho I prefer bib overalls to avoid confusion with the kind of overalls mechanics wear. I think there's another name for those, but it's being elusive at the moment.
by BonnieL
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where can I do Background check?
Replies: 4
Views: 4491

Re: Where can I do Background check?

The strapline of the Wordwizard site is 'For lovers of the English language'. New UK/US word choice difference! Here we say "tagline." :) Over the years I've noticed that those little differences can trip up fiction writers. I'm more apt to notice the errors in a British book that has American char...
by BonnieL
Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What kind of truck is this?
Replies: 7
Views: 2725

Re: What kind of truck is this?

Backhoe.
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Another kind of chair
Replies: 4
Views: 1598

Re: Another kind of chair

I could have used one of these when my kids were into various sports. Bleacher seats were not kind to my back!
by BonnieL
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Book
Replies: 9
Views: 2427

Re: Book

And banks have been forced into creating low-cost bank accounts for low-paid workers. Thanks for the history! Here we have credit unions that don't have the fees that banks do. Only once - when I was young & kinda dumb - did I have a regular bank account. I finally figured out that no fees were way...
by BonnieL
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Book
Replies: 9
Views: 2427

Re: Book

Here is the US we usually call it a check register. Though I just looked at the front of mine & it's now called a transaction register. More accurate, as most of the transactions I record in it are on-line rather than paper checks. Years & years ago it was called a passbook, but that was before my t...
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How's it look?
Replies: 7
Views: 3268

Re: How's it look?

My editor would prefer I didn't use contractions, but I do anyway. Sometimes it just flows better.
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How's it look?
Replies: 7
Views: 3268

Re: How's it look?

trolley wrote:If it were a contraction of how does, then I guess we'd be able to say "She's the laundry" for "She does the laundry".
Hmm- you've got a point. But as you said, it IS common.
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How's it look?
Replies: 7
Views: 3268

Re: How's it look?

When I'm badly injured I don't take the time to be grammatical! That said, "How's it look" is grammatical. "How's" is a contraction of "how" and "does."
by BonnieL
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some ice cream
Replies: 14
Views: 5020

Re: some ice cream

Something I did not realise till I went to live in America is that if you go into a supermarket (a.k.a.. 'grocery store') and buy a liquid labelled simply as cider, you will be unlikely to take home an alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic cider is known in the USA as 'hard cider', to distinguish it from r...
by BonnieL
Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some ice cream
Replies: 14
Views: 5020

Re: some ice cream

Wizard of Oz wrote:Naturally I also have a wine fridge. But that's another story.
WoZ who prefers the wine fridge
We have wine connoisseur relatives who have wine fridges. I've never cared for it - wine is just good fruit juice spoiled. Except in the case of apple cider - bad apple juice improved. ;)
by BonnieL
Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Second ever
Replies: 12
Views: 3641

Re: Second ever

I think the writer was using only part of his brain. Politics can do that to a person! ;)
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: some ice cream
Replies: 14
Views: 5020

Re: some ice cream

The terminology tends to be : fridge, fridge-freezer and freezer. The old small fridge with an ice box/compartment is something I haven't seen for a while (although I am sure they still make them). These had a single door and inside another compartment which was a freezer but wouldn't achieve the l...
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: BESCUMBERED
Replies: 10
Views: 5883

Re: BESCUMBERED

Erik_Kowal wrote:Livestock farmers are one obvious group of potential 'takers' for that term.
Being an animal owner, I've been bescumbered a few times. I'll have to remember this word!
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How the English say what they mean
Replies: 6
Views: 4088

Re: How the English say what they mean

Wizard of Oz wrote:And of course we Aussies have, "See you later", which means that at some undefined time in the future we will see each other again.

WoZ saying it how it is
Like the American, "Let's get together sometime." It usually means never.