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by BonnieL
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feeling of anguish
Replies: 6
Views: 1782

Re: feeling of anguish

No.
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 16
Views: 4649

Re: What is this type of word called?

More on the guinea pig from Evan Morris, the Word Detective:
http://www.word-detective.com/011405.html#guinea%20pig
by BonnieL
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: February
Replies: 8
Views: 2273

Re: February

I've never heard anyone pronounce the "r" in February - but then, I've lived my whole life on the West coast. Easterners may pronounce it.
by BonnieL
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than you are
Replies: 2
Views: 1023

Re: more than you are

Doesn't sound right. How about - They are better teachers than you.
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: On words and meaning
Replies: 6
Views: 2829

Re: On words and meaning

Temple Grandin called herself an anthropologist from Mars - very apt! While she's written a lot from her point of view - and animal's - I don't think she ever explained "normal" culture to other people with autism.
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: On words and meaning
Replies: 6
Views: 2829

Re: On words and meaning

Good for you for doing something about learning to live in the world of "normals." Not that I think anyone is really normal. Anyway, my husband has Asperger's & doesn't see any reason to learn anything about it or with dealing with others. When he first read the list of traits for Asperger's, he sai...
by BonnieL
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 1459

Re: Clothes

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Pyjamas (UK)
Pajamas (US)
In the US it's often abbreviated to PJs.
by BonnieL
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 3656

Re: unami

Now the scientist Ken quotes is called Davis. A Welsh name if ever I heard one. Thinking about the statement "Scientists think they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tweaking the food that cows eat. A recent experiment from the University of California, Davis suggests that adding seaweed to ca...
by BonnieL
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do not disturb
Replies: 5
Views: 1669

Re: Do not disturb

Since the other side can request maid service, I'd go with door hangers (or door knob hangers). Sometimes businesses use door hangers to advertise. Specially made bags were used during the 2010 census. We were to put them on the door knob if no one was home. I thought it was a horrible idea as it ad...
by BonnieL
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching
Replies: 3
Views: 2442

Re: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching

I'm surprised you never heard the phrase. I like to say I was born clutching my pearls (I worried way too much what people might think), but fortunately, I've relaxed a whole lot as I've gotten older. :D
by BonnieL
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 3757

Re: Town house - USA usage.

Thanks, Trolley, for the explanation. If the main difference between a condo & a town house is the ownership of the ground the building sits on, that explains why I can't tell the difference from just looking. :)
by BonnieL
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 3757

Re: Town house - USA usage.

In normal speech, I doubt there is much - if any - difference between a townhouse & a condo. I suspect that the owner uses whatever name will bring him more money when he sells.
by BonnieL
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 2431

Re: Ice

In the USA I believe they call it shaved ice. In structure it is very much a "slush" or "Slush puppy" mixed with beans, cream and other items as desired. A slushy is more liquid, served in a large cup & drunk with a straw. A snow cone or shave ice you eat like an ice cream cone (& boy, can you ever...
by BonnieL
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 2431

Re: Ice

Don't know about the version with fruit, but here it would be a snow cone (served in a paper cone) or shaved ice.
by BonnieL
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 3600

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

tony h wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:44 am

BonnieL : do you do the same with school? ie where, we in the UK, would say "we go to school" do you add a "the"?
Not necessarily - not very consistent, are we. :)
Tho it would depend on context. Examples: "I'm going to school today." "I'm going to the school to pick up my children."