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by BonnieL
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Irritating expressions or worse
Replies: 168
Views: 96151

Re: Irritating expressions or worse

Stella365 wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:42 pm
"Better safe than sorry"
My apologies - I say that a lot! :oops:
by BonnieL
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: molly bolt
Replies: 5
Views: 5115

Re: molly bolt

The inventor was George Frederick Croessant. I wondered if he named it after his wife or a child. His wife's name was Mary, so perhaps her nickname was Molly?
by BonnieL
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: W-Trouble
Replies: 16
Views: 8548

Re: W-Trouble

I never heard of it. Mum's the word. Same here. As I get older I'm finding it much easier to read on-line if I increase the font size. And different fonts do need different sizes! The local newspaper needs to be increased much more than what I need for most - including WW. I don't understand the pe...
by BonnieL
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 4537

Re: Avocado cart

trolley wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:33 am
Often called a hand-truck or two-wheeler, usually it's called a "dolly" around here. I'd never even wondered why until I typed that answer...The Word Detective explains... http://www.word-detective.com/2011/03/dolly/
Any word on how Evan is doing?
by BonnieL
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 4537

Re: Avocado cart

My dad called a flat wheeled thing a dolly (the kind to help you go under cars & in crawl spaces), but the one Steven pictured a hand truck. I use a hand truck to haul 50-lb feed bags - wish I had a contraption to hold them upright & more easily dump them into the feed barrels.
by BonnieL
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thick skull
Replies: 3
Views: 2918

Re: Thick skull

It's taken him 20 years to figure out that's he's one lucky guy, that his wife is a special person. In other words, he's a slow learner.
by BonnieL
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 6585

Re: glug

In trying to think of a synonym for ‘glug’ using its context, I had trouble coming up with one. ‘Drops’ seems too small. ‘Spoonfulls’ (teaspoon or tablespoon, is a possibility, but which is it?). ‘Thimbleful’ is also a possibility. All the quantities you've considered seem too small. I'd suggest 'a...
by BonnieL
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 8742

Re: chip on or chip off

I'm not familiar with that design. Prices are high for me, so I mostly follow the real collectors & sigh a lot.But I do have a few really good pieces that I acquired before I even knew it was a thing - I just liked the bright colors. :)
by BonnieL
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hanger
Replies: 13
Views: 5120

Re: Clothes hanger

In the US you'd have to call them clothespins - pegs are different.
by BonnieL
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 8742

Re: chip on or chip off

Since I collect certain kinds of pottery, I'd prefer: "It has a chip on the (whatever)." It would make a difference to me (& most collectors) where the chip is - some are more obvious than others. What are you collecting? Of the Upsala Ekeby, Dybdahl, and related work that I collect, chips on or of...
by BonnieL
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 8742

Re: chip on or chip off

Since I collect certain kinds of pottery, I'd prefer: "It has a chip on the (whatever)." It would make a difference to me (& most collectors) where the chip is - some are more obvious than others.
by BonnieL
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hanger
Replies: 13
Views: 5120

Re: Clothes hanger

From the picture I'm guessing it's a hanging dryer for baby clothes or other small items. But I've never seen one like that.
by BonnieL
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Piece of fabric
Replies: 4
Views: 2908

Re: Piece of fabric

I have a couple of blouses with that kind of sleeve & I didn't know what it's called. Looked up on some sewing sites & found out it's called a Swiss tab, roll up tab, or just sleeve tab. Take your pick. :)
by BonnieL
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 4
Views: 4393

Re: Hyper/Hypo

I looked it up & there isn't much on it - I think it might have morphed into "hyped" too quickly to make much of an impact. And you're right - it does seem to go either way in the examples I found.
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 5
Views: 2862

Re: In a jiffy

#2 doesn't sound right to me. But I'm afraid I can't explain why! I know what you mean. My thinking is that "a jiffy" is a time taken by a (human) agency as a description of the time it will take, or has taken, to achieve. Traffic jams clearing, grass growing, clouds appearing happen on their own. ...