Search found 2379 matches

by tony h
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ticket
Replies: 2
Views: 2252

Re: Ticket

I would call the parking facility "attended parking". The ticket is simply a "parking ticket".
by tony h
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 3913

Re: stochastic terrorism

Ah! Stochastic is the new, cool word for random. At work w used to reserve stochastic for probabilistic results that varied with time. Most of us came across it within Monte Carlo methods applied to any number of real world problems. I guess that soon we will have stochastic advertising. Being: adve...
by tony h
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 7852

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

I enjoy this group as a means of getting away from it all. I do not enjoy this thread and I think of leaving this group when I see it. As I see it: 1. The promised referendum on Maastricht was abandoned because the polls showed it would be lost. 2. The promised referendum on The European Reform Trea...
by tony h
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 17
Views: 11643

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

PauladePlume wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:22 pm
You guys have one of the best sites for phrases I've ever seen! 💜
Compliments are always welcome.
by tony h
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Overton window
Replies: 3
Views: 3067

Re: Overton window

If I have the opportunity to "adjust the Overton window" I think I will coin refenestration. eg "I shall refenestrate the Overton window."


And, just for interest something I have just found: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/ent ... _of_Prague
by tony h
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 3639

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

Bobinwales wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:46 pm
I hope he did, but I seriously doubt it.
My father was a director of various book publishers. He would say that for most authors the only thing worse than not having their book published was having your book published. Either it failed miserably or they could never write a second.
by tony h
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Protest
Replies: 7
Views: 3500

Re: Protest

The challenge for the English is that they don't really get loud about complaining. We always imagine Americans are much more exuberant in their emotions. We tend to be quiet and firm. So phrases like "created a scene", "created a bit of a fuss", "raised voices" are all useful.
by tony h
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Protest
Replies: 7
Views: 3500

Re: Protest

What is the scenario? At home? At Work? Outside the presidential place? In a restaurant or shop?
by tony h
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 3639

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

The opening paragraphs of Finnegan's Wake. I have highlighted one of his eccentric long words which never quite made it into common usage: riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. Sir Tristr...
by tony h
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 3639

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

I have taken-up reading it, and have come across the word "beesknees", which appears to be his word-of-the-moment for "business". Any insights? Thanks in advance. I wonder how you managed to survive until beesknees without a serious call for help. I remember my brother trying to read a part of it a...
by tony h
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Husky and Hoarse
Replies: 7
Views: 3780

Re: Husky and Hoarse

by tony h
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 5323

Re: Where should 'only' go?

As an aside when commissioning technical specifications I do not allow the use of "only" (or "could" or "should"). They are all words that lead to messy interpretation and errors. When asked why I comment that the phrase "I only go shopping on Wednesdays" is open to multiple interpretations. Change ...
by tony h
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad memory
Replies: 6
Views: 3740

Re: Bad memory

tony h : Thanks for your answer. StevenLoan Steven, I hope you realised my answer was a joke. The words you choose really depend on the nature of the forgetfulness. - absentminded may mean the person's mind was on other, more important, things. - forgetful is a basic description - dreamy or away-wi...
by tony h
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad memory
Replies: 6
Views: 3740

Re: Bad memory

I wish I could remember.
by tony h
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can't only
Replies: 2
Views: 2459

Re: can't only

Well the obvious thing is that they are all wrong. It is maths, or in my old world math's, not math. Mathematics is a plural, collective term.


I wait to be shot down by Erik and Phil :)