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by BonnieL
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chump change
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Chump change

Oh my goodness! I didn't see that because I knew what I meant! Hmmm - maybe that was a slip of the keyboard - I am looking for part-time work right now. :D
by BonnieL
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chump change
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Chump change

Thank you, Erik, for the link to The Work Detective. I've never read it before & I don't know how I missed it.
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Re: Sea change

Every time I see "sea change" used to mean any other kind of change, I find myself wondering who's dead.
by BonnieL
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cars
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: Cars

I didn't buy my car for the moon(sun)roof, it was just there. I've used it all of one time & didn't see the point. Tho my son & his friends got a kick out of the roof window (better name for it in my opinion) in the SUV. They would take turns standing up in it & driving up & down our very long drive...
by BonnieL
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cars
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: Cars

CARS.COM — There is a technical difference between a sunroof and a moonroof, but most everybody uses the terms interchangeably. First off, both are panels in the roof that let light or fresh air inside the cabin. Getting down to details, though: A sunroof is typically a solid body-colored panel tha...
by BonnieL
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Semi-aquatics
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Re: Semi-aquatics

I'm slow this morning - had to say it out loud before I got it.
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drink
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Drink

I'm having trouble figuring out how someone is forced to drink. Tempted? Encouraged? Dared? Shamed? There might be other suitable verbs to describe this, but I haven't had enough coffee to come up with them. :D
by BonnieL
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: other than that
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: other than that

I would think it would be the other way around: "I have a meeting with John next week, but other than that, I don't know what I'll be doing."
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: any ideas on the difference betwwen paint kettles and paint scuttles?
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: any ideas on the difference betwwen paint kettles and paint scuttles?

I had to look up those. Here, it's a paint bucket & tray (but if very large it might be another bucket). Kettles are to cook in & scuttle is either for coal (we use an old one for ashes from our wood stove) or what a crab does. Or to kill something - like a project. No wonder Americans get so lost i...
by BonnieL
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Blown-up
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: Blown-up

It isn't a term I'm familiar with in this context, but the meaning seems to be explained in the next sentence. I would think it means actors who have a lot of media exposure, such as those who are famous for being famous. The show is using less well-known actors who can actually act.
by BonnieL
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: comma question

I can't imagine using any of those sentences. What's the context? Are you introducing someone at a gathering? Pointing to someone across the room? Or wanting to be remembered to someone who isn't there (as in: Say hey to Pete & Tom when you see them.)?
by BonnieL
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cutting the long red thing
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Cutting the long red thing

Thanks, Trolley. For the life of me I wasn't able to remember the term "ground-breaking!" :D
by BonnieL
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cutting the long red thing
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Cutting the long red thing

Ribbon cutting ceremony - at least here in the US. It's also used at business openings.

I'm pretty sure that here in the US a new construction project would be heralded by a bunch of suits in hard hats digging a small, ceremonial hole.
by BonnieL
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pineapple
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: Pineapple

On medical and other matters you can't put pineapple in a jelly because the enzymes won't let it set. Canned pineapple works, tho, just not raw. And I think this is another example of differences in UK/US words. What you call jelly we would call jello - tho the Jell-O people aren't happy about that...
by BonnieL
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Certainly
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Certainly

I've never heard it used that way, but it is understandable. Around here the favorite seems to be "no problem." Which a lot of other people have a problem with. :roll: