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by Phil White
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Horrors!
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Horrors!

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by Phil White
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In/into
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: In/into

It is strange to look at sentences where "in" or "into" appear to be mandatory and those in which there is some flexibility. It is never possible to use "into" with the static meaning of "in", but there is a lot of room for flexibility the other way. Indeed, in some cases it it obligatory to use "in...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made to look
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: made to look

Sentences a and c are fine.

Sentence b needs some kind of complement to the verb "present" to make it work. Either of the following would work:
  • She was a better person than she was presented as by her detractors.
  • She was a better person than she was presented as being by her detractors.
by Phil White
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Lamp

Generally, we may talk about a "desk lamp" or "desk light". That specific design of desk lamp is usually referred to as an "anglepoise" lamp. "Anglepoise" is in fact a registered trademark, but much like "Kleenex", "Hoover" and so on, the term has become genericized and is used to refer to all desk ...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

Re: shambolic (2)

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:23 pm
But I should mention that no one else pointed this out to me either!
Pointed what out to you?
by Phil White
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Waist
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Waist

The image in Steven's post is not showing on my machine, neither are a number of images that used to show up. This is a problem with Firefox's enhanced tracking protection. I have written a few more words about it here.
by Phil White
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Images and tracking protection in Firefox
Replies: 0
Views: 273

Images and tracking protection in Firefox

I recently (January 2020) noticed that some referenced images on Wordwizard are not showing up in Firefox. Instead, the word "Image" appears. This happens, for example, on http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=27563&p=101890#p101890 It turns out that it is part of Firefox's enhanced t...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: lie or lay
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: lie or lay

Quite so, Erik! It is frustrating to have the education and linguistic knowledge to know for certain what the "rules" are while at the same time having the accumulated wisdom to know that that knowledge counts for nowt! But "lie down/lay down" is interesting in itself. Many people try to adhere to t...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words that young men use to call each other
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: Words that young men use to call each other

No longer being young, I hesitate to respond. But I shall anyway! It seems to me that, in most parts of the UK, young and old men alike still address their peers with "mate". "Guys" to address a group of people is very common among younger people, and is no longer restricted to males only. The singu...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pick up a pair
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Pick up a pair

Yes, Erik is spot on. I have only ever heard the expression "grow a pair", which has exactly the meaning Erik describes. And yes, it it also used in reference to women (much like the phrase "man up"). The expression "grow a pair" is never used in a complete form ("grow a pair of balls"), and I do wo...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gingerly
Replies: 1
Views: 721

gingerly

It crossed my mind this morning that the adverb "gingerly" has nothing to do with the adjective "ginger". "Prince Harry walked through the minefield gingerly." Oh well, perhaps it does... Seriously, the real story about "ginger" and "gingerly" is on Michael Quinion's pages: http://www.worldwidewords...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

Re: shambolic

A happy new year to you as well, Ken! And to all our readers and contributors. "Shambolic" is another one of those that I don't remember ever being absent from the language, although I would generally associate it not with, for instance, an untidy office, but with an event or organization that is (u...
by Phil White
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: copy
Replies: 1
Views: 657

Re: copy

The derivation of "copy" in English is ultimately from the Latin "copia", meaning "plenty" (as in cornucopia). It probably came into the English language through old French in the late medieval period. This is not to say that "kof" and "copia" may not be cognate through far earlier Indo-European lan...
by Phil White
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Decorative light
Replies: 2
Views: 997

Re: Decorative light

We would probably use the plural "lights": "angel figure Christmas lights", but other than that, I can't think of anything better.
I have to say, that one (from Regent Street in London) is very impressive indeed.
by Phil White
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 2499

Re: The current weather

In Merseyside, in the north of England, it was overcast this morning with a few sunny spells. Temperature about 8 °C. Much too warm for this time of year! Tomorrow should be sunny with the same temperature. In the UK, we switched from Farenheit to Celsius (we used to call it centigrade) as of about ...