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by BonnieL
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Christmas line
Replies: 5
Views: 1485

Re: Christmas line

Tinsel here. Some might call it a garland. added - I looked at the wiki for tinsel & was surprised by this: "Tinsel, is a type of decorative garland material that mimics the effect of roast turkey..." I've never thought the tinsel looked like roast turkey! Or is "roast turkey" slang for something el...
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)
Replies: 20
Views: 8165

Re: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)

You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent. Nestle's makes the very best - chocolate. (Chocolate was drawn out.) Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is. And who can forget, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." Both Alka-Seltzer. What crazy things we rememb...
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chest of drawers
Replies: 15
Views: 4177

Re: Chest of drawers

China cabinet or armoire - depending on what's in it. I guess you're right...you can't get to Narnia through a China cabinet But that was a wardrobe - same idea with solid door(s). Totally impractical in modern small houses - I know because I have one. Or should I say one of each - wardrobe and sma...
by BonnieL
Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chest of drawers
Replies: 15
Views: 4177

Re: Chest of drawers

China cabinet or armoire - depending on what's in it.
by BonnieL
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: “Teachers! Please Do Not Make Your Students Use Synonyms for Said,” I Blurted
Replies: 2
Views: 2385

Re: “Teachers! Please Do Not Make Your Students Use Synonyms for Said,” I Blurted

Reminds me of Swifties; remember those? In my own writing I will occasionally say something like, "he said with a smile." Or introduce a quote with something like, "He recommends caution in x situation..." Many of the articles I write need a "folksy" friendly tone (they are long-form advertisements)...
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: This mullet ain't no fish
Replies: 4
Views: 3048

Re: This mullet ain't no fish

The first time I heard someone's hairstyle called a mullet, I pictured him with a fish on his head. :)

I don't know what the dress was called in the past, but the style isn't new. I read about it in a book published in the '40s. Tho I think the front was described as knee length.
by BonnieL
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The least
Replies: 4
Views: 933

Re: The least

I've never heard that expression used as "you're welcome" - it seems a bit insulting. But it is used to downplay or be modest about one's helpful actions.
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2684

Re: Shoes

There are several different kinds of shoes in that picture. Some are ballet flats, others espadrilles. Don't know what the others would be called; I'm not exactly fashionable - I just call them slip-ons. :)
by BonnieL
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Irritating expressions or worse
Replies: 162
Views: 44346

Re: Irritating expressions or worse

[quote="trolley"]Sometimes, a train whistle blows or a coyote howls, but no one ever mentions a duck quacking.[/quote] Pat McManus uses variations such as, "somewhere in the distance, an ant coughed." Of course, he writes humor. I'm glad this thread was revived; I've had fun reading it. But no one m...
by BonnieL
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Why a "lid"
Replies: 14
Views: 31727

Re: Why a "lid"

Way over 30 here! Maybe it was because we were poor, but my friends & I never saw anything bigger than a dime bag. Funny, now that it's legal, I have no urge to try it again. :)
by BonnieL
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Rugby Football
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Re: Rugby Football

Is that a British joke?
by BonnieL
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lectures
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: Lectures

Here, homily is more usual than sermon, at least in Catholic churches.