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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Get off at
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: Get off at

"To get off with someone" (in British English, anyway, and evidently also Australian English) means "to embark on a romantic relationship with someone" which might or might not involve having sex with them. When I was at school the students might get off with each other, but quite often (in the youn...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: School Teacher

From next year it will be illegal in Wales for anyone, including parents, to smack children. Quite right too! My parents smacked me and my brothers, and the effect was not to improve our behaviour — rather, it encouraged us to hide whatever questionable activities we got up to more effectively. It ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Power outage

In January 2005, an ice storm hit the Kansas city my then-wife and I were living in. After about a day the freezing rain stopped, and the wind picked up. Wind-stirred tree branches heavily coated with ice broke off and fell on the power cables that supplied our side of the street. This in turn cause...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there weren't any?
Replies: 2
Views: 536

Re: there weren't any?

The normal formulations would be "There was/were no..." and (as you hinted at, Navi) "There was/weren't any..."

Your versions with "not" sound decidedly odd.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 04, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Not again
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Not again

During a funeral, the pallbearers accidentally bump into a wall and hear a faint moan from the casket. They open it and discover that the man they are carrying is still alive. The man lives for a further decade and dies. A second funeral is held. At the end of the service, the pallbearers prepare to...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The no-shows
Replies: 0
Views: 334

The no-shows

A seven-year-old girl was usually driven to school every day by her grandpa, but when he had a bad cold one morning Granny drove her there instead. That evening the girl told her parents that the rides to and from school had been very different with Granny. "In what way?" asked her parents. "Well", ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pomegranates
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: Pomegranates

"...too lazy to..."

In my opinion, pomegranates aren't worth the effort. Much better just to buy pomegranate juice.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 02, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The bottom of the barrel
Replies: 0
Views: 324

The bottom of the barrel

A bloke in the pub told me he once had to scrape ice off his windscreen but couldn't find his scraper. So he decided to use his store discount card instead. Unfortunately he could only get 15% off.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A hiding place for
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: A hiding place for

For "entertain", you could substitute “accommodate" or "make room for".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as good a vs as good of a
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: as good a vs as good of a

The "as good (big, rich, stupid...) of a" construction is thoroughly established in American English, but as others have commented, not so much here in the UK.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 30, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coming a long way off
Replies: 2
Views: 503

Re: Coming a long way off

It's actually two separate but adjacent phrases: ”be seen coming", meaning approximately ”be noticed approaching", and "a long way off”, meaning "at/from a considerable distance [from the observer's location]". Personally I much prefer wearing shorts to long trousers except when the weather is very ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Porkers
Replies: 0
Views: 334

Porkers

An arable farmer had five sows that he had only recently bought to rear as a sideline. A few months later an unexpected repair bill for his seed drill meant he needed to raise some cash in a hurry, so reluctantly he decided to resell the pigs at the county fair and forget about the sideline for a wh...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: needs a wife
Replies: 3
Views: 602

Re: needs a wife

Not so fast...

3a) A polygamous man wants one of his wives to cease her drinking.

3b) In order to {enable him to stop / discourage him from} drinking, a man needs a wife.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: need some time
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: need some time

5) seems awkward but would be accepted in speech.

"Can opener" doesn't need a hyphen.

The remaining four sentences appear fine to me.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Couldn't give any less of
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: Couldn't give any less of

It is my strong impression that the taboos around swearing have been steadily eroding over the past few decades, at least in Britain and the United States. (In some countries, such as Australia, they were never very strong in the first place.) Social media is full of expletives, and they also freque...