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by BonnieL
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Straws
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Straws

I call them coffee stirrers. But since I don't put anything in my coffee that needs stirring, I don't see them too often.
by BonnieL
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gig (as in musician's engagement)
Replies: 8
Views: 3511

Re: gig (as in musician's engagement)

When I was in the Army (many, many years ago), a gig was a demerit. I've never heard it used that way since.
by BonnieL
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beach things
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Beach things

Those are rescue buoys. There's more info about them on Wikipedia if you're interested.
by BonnieL
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet paper roll
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Toilet paper roll

Yes, Steve, it does. I laugh a heck of a lot more now - so much in life strikes me as funny. :D
by BonnieL
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet paper roll
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Toilet paper roll

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:38 pm
No need to apologize, Steven. In my experience, most people find toilet humour funny, whether they admit it or not. :)
I was born clutching my pearls & bodily function jokes make me uncomfortable. Now that I'm old(er), I'm a lot looser about humor. :wink:
by BonnieL
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet paper roll
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Toilet paper roll

Bobinwales wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:37 pm
Steven, it has nothing to do with your use of English, but perhaps you might like to reconsider your wording. :D
I hadn't had enough coffee when I read his question. NOW I'm laughing! :lol:
by BonnieL
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet paper roll
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Toilet paper roll

Tube or core.
by BonnieL
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crime scenes chalk
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Crime scenes chalk

It begs the question: did policeman normally carry chalk with them and if so why? Some must, because otherwise there wouldn't be any chalk fairies. I have a hard time watching police procedural shows because so often the main characters are idiots. They contaminate crime scenes & can't do a decent ...
by BonnieL
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes rack
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: Clothes rack

I've heard of people called clothes horses, but didn't know it was also furniture. :)
by BonnieL
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wooden thing
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: Wooden thing

What would one serve on a serving paddle?
by BonnieL
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: consorting in government departments
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: consorting in government departments

Do you think she meant consulted? I read something yesterday where the author used the word "invaluable" when he meant the opposite.
by BonnieL
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 2247

Re: currently sat

trolley wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:25 am
Being stood or sat feels a bit like being posed or placed.
To me, that would seem to be an action by someone else: "The usher sat me." Weird, but understandable.
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 2247

Re: currently sat

I've been seeing that too & it just doesn't look right to me."I am sat..." No, no, no. My Webster's 3rd has only one definition of "sat" - it's the past tense of "sit." So - "I am" is present, & the words that go with it are "seated" or "sitting."
by BonnieL
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Detox the body
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: Detox the body

trolley wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:05 pm
That therapy is considered as "alternative medicine" or "pseudoscience", in the west.
I'll go with pseudoscience. :roll:
by BonnieL
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 1201

Re: gave her the flashlight to...

Hmmmm. Of your 4 sentences, the first 3 are fine. Something troubles me about "We send you to school to acquire useful knowledge," although I cannot pin down why. If it's American schools being referred to, I think I can pin down your discomfort with it: our schools don't teach much "useful knowled...