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by BonnieL
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Commencement
Replies: 9
Views: 5242

Re: Commencement

trolley wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:18 pm
I’ve heard “graduation ceremony” and “commencement ceremony” but I don’t think I’ve ever heard “graduation commencement”
Me neither. Aren't they the same thing?
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Christmas!
Replies: 14
Views: 8418

Re: Happy Christmas!

A merry Christmas to all the wizards!

And Ken - maybe - if we wish hard enough - we'll get a Christmas present of a certain government official resigning? A girl can dream, right? :lol:
by BonnieL
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: than you made it
Replies: 10
Views: 4980

Re: than you made it

I don't care for the "it" at the end. a) I modified a few little things in that story and made it a much better story than what you wrote. b. I added a few things to that machine and now it is a better machine than what you made. Are my changes correct? Either way, neither sentence is polite. My hus...
by BonnieL
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Answer
Replies: 6
Views: 4394

Re: Answer

I don't care. Just don't call me late for dinner.

I'm guessing that's an Americanism.
by BonnieL
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Star Trek
Replies: 5
Views: 3740

Re: Star Trek

Not a fan. Which is why he confused Star Trek with Star Wars.

Now me, I'm a fan of both. I still have the Enterprise poster I bought at my first Star Trek convention. :D
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: British to American translation needed
Replies: 6
Views: 4720

Re: British to American translation needed

The Five Red Herrings. It's a good mystery, but a strange story. So far she's eliminated 2 of the 5 suspects, so don't tell me whodunit! :D
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: British to American translation needed
Replies: 6
Views: 4720

British to American translation needed

I'm reading a Dorothy Sayers mystery and found myself puzzled by a phrase. In the 87 years since the book was published, meanings might have changed, but someone might know what she meant by it. Here's the sentence: "It was a small alley, rather than a street, containing nothing but the back-entranc...
by BonnieL
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every day
Replies: 6
Views: 3948

Re: every day

Can't say about grammatical, but not natural. "She never mentioned (or spoke of) her children."
by BonnieL
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cabinets
Replies: 21
Views: 8822

Re: Cabinets

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:28 pm
The designer was light-fixture-challenged.
I so agree with you! I really don't like hanging lights; if you decide to not have a table under them, you bump your head on it.
by BonnieL
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over thirty
Replies: 5
Views: 3984

Re: over thirty

Collocation is a new word for this over-thirty (way over thirty!) woman - I had to look it up. Navi - it's not just the collocation, but "over thirty" doesn't really say much. I'm over thirty by more than thirty years. I suspect what you want to say is that the shop is run by three women who are in ...
by BonnieL
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Irritating expressions or worse
Replies: 168
Views: 104022

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: 5744

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: 9698

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: 4830

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: 4830

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.