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by Phil White
Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: words that lose the apostrophe
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: words that lose the apostrophe

I am unaware of an explicit term for the phenomenon. It has been common in the UK for many years, particularly with place names, building names and names of companies and shops. But it is by no means consistent or systematic. We have "Lytham St Annes", but "St George's Hall/Plateau" in Liverpool. Yo...
by Phil White
Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: both your cars
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: both your cars

I seem to remember mentioning on here before that I grew up, having been looked after for much of my early life by my Lancashire-born grandmam, thinking that my name was "daft bugger". For some reason, her favourite phrase when addressing me was "Eee, tha daft bugger".
by Phil White
Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: both your cars
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: both your cars

It is not so much old fashioned as historical. I wouldna be sayin' that round Barnsley way if tha values thee life. Or indeed in some parts of Lancashire, where the distinction between the familiar singular form "tha" (thou) and the polite form "you" is still upheld: "Don't thee me, tha. I's you to...
by Phil White
Sat Sep 25, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: both your cars
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: both your cars

If you are speaking to one person who has two cars that are both in good condition, then meaning 1 (probably) applies. If you are speaking to two people, each of whom has one car, meaning 2 (probably) applies. If, however, you are talking to two people who have or may have more than one car, making ...
by Phil White
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: It Happened in Pisa

Erik_Kowal wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:27 pm The chances are that if the person posting the joke doesn't remember reading it on the site, nor will almost anyone else. Phil probably remembers this one only because it was him who posted it the last time.
And because it is, quite genuinely, a true story about my first visit to Pisa.
by Phil White
Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: It Happened in Pisa

by Phil White
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: almost all
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: almost all

In the way in which you stated the sentences, they are not really ambiguous in the way you suggest. And intuitively, you know why. You write: However in the case of the three first sentences things seem to be different. (a) and (b) mean I can almost finish all the fruit on that table. All of the ori...
by Phil White
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Articulated buses
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Articulated buses

Articulated buses have only rarely been used in the UK. The current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promoted their use in London when he was Mayor of London, but they have since all been withdrawn. I believe that they were also used in a couple of other cities, but they have never been popular here. W...
by Phil White
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: all of whose

"A triangle whose all sides are equal". No. Quite so. Sadly, there are more than 3500 hits for precisely that phrase on Google. All sites that are plagiarizing the same source. If you look at the full text of these pages (e.g. the one at https://www.ask-math.com/types-of-triangles-on-the-basis-of-s...
by Phil White
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: all of whose

Only b sounds correct to me. Correct, but tiresomely pedantic. Try:
"He was the man whose belongings were all destroyed." Far more natural.

I can think of no mathematical context for the structure in c.
by Phil White
Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Steamed apple snails
Replies: 4
Views: 408

Re: Steamed apple snails

I'm a vegetarian nowadays, but when I still ate meat, I could never bring myself to eat snails, insects of any kind, including locusts, or indeed offal, blood sausage of any kind. Now, after a few years as a vegetarian, I actually find the thought of meat quite unpleasant most of the time. My own jo...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Skip rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Skip rocks

In the UK, we say "skip stones", not "skip rocks". When I was younger and could see far more than I can now, I loved skipping stones and was pretty good at it. When you get one just right, it's almost impossible to count the number of times a stone skips before it sinks. I guess the best I ever did ...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Redeemer
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: The Redeemer

In all Christian traditions, it is believed that all humans are sinful and deserve to be punished in Hell when they die (the notion of "original sin"). But Christians also believe that Christ came to earth to take the punishment due to all humans by dying on the cross. If people believe in Christ, t...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: Flying kites

I am impressed! They are very easy to fly when you get the hang of it. The only tip I have is: if you do, say, ten clockwise loops, make sure you do ten anticlockwise loops to unwind the control lines again. When they are twisted about 20 or so times, the kite gets difficult to control. Oh, and have...
by Phil White
Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: Flying kites

When I was in my late teens, there was a craze in the UK for flying "Peter Powell" stunt kites , and I had two. They had two strings and you could join several together and fly them in formation. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed them! The footage in the link above has made me very nostalgic! Here'...