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by tony h
Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Spooky pond

I agree with others , I would not use spooky. Spooky necessarily implies scary [OED SPOOKY: . Of, relating to, or characteristic of spirits or the supernatural; frightening, eerie.] . A similar emotion might be "enchanted" [OED ENCHANTED 1. Invested with magical powers or properties]. As with all ma...
by tony h
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: merely by uttering a sentence

Perhaps these, Tony: Whatever he says, goes. His word is law. Interesting ideas. They don't convey the tyrannical, awesome nature of the person. Awesome I take to be the traditional meaning , not the modern wishy-washy meaning. [definition. AWESOME: a. Arousing or inspiring awe; that fills someone ...
by tony h
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: merely by uttering a sentence

He can get anything he wants merely by uttering a sentence. I thought those sentences could be used about a tyrant. The sentences would be hyperbolical, of course. Taking these together I am understanding that your use of "merely" is to suggest that he doesn't have to demand or command simply to "s...
by tony h
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the number three
Replies: 5
Views: 3365

Re: the number three

I know I am a bit slow in responding to this post. =========================================== I do feel Ken sidestepped the question in making his answer. The question refers to things that come in threes for fairly arbitrary reasons. The three muses could easily have been the four muses or seven m...
by tony h
Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Not again
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: Not again

Very good :)

My father went to a funeral of a man who turned out not to be dead. I met the corpse, and his brother, many years later. They were still mortified, for the reputation of their country, two decades later.
by tony h
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A bottle of wine
Replies: 13
Views: 3714

Re: A bottle of wine

England is only one of the four. Referring to the UK as "England" is a gross insult to the Welsh, the Scots and Northern Irish. In this family with our mixture of the four nations over several centuries we don't get particularly worked up over the use of England or Britain. There are more important...
by tony h
Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who is your boss
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: who is your boss

It is difficult to formulate a reply. There are too many variables. If you make clear the context (who are the people and where are they) and what has lead up to it (the conversation or action prior to the question). Then answering becomes less problematic.
by tony h
Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pronouns
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: pronouns

a, b and c are all quite serviceable. In most cases c would be used in preference to d. d has a use in specific contexts. (See more information on the context makes it easier to answer) eg: Mullet, "how are you getting on in the Lascombe murder?" Frost, "In the absence of any other motive, we know t...
by tony h
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything else
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: anything else

That is much better. Almost no confusion now. First , 1 is better. The boxers are ok, you just needed to add to some more clothes. 2 suggests that you shouldn't be wearing the boxers. In 3 and 4 the situation is reversed. You shouldn't be wearing the Hawaiian shirt. You should be wearing completely ...
by tony h
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 583

Re: School Teacher

Nothing wrong with a clip round the ear. We had the cane at school for clearly defined and escalated punishments. It worked well. The issue is about the application of punishment. There has been more of a move to psychological punishments, in the home, as a result of the change in law. I haven't see...
by tony h
Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything else
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: anything else

The trouble with these questions is there is absolutely no context. We don't know where the person is: in the house, in the bedroom, in the shop, in the office. We don't know whether the person is a : man, or woman, or child, or some imaginary creature in the pages of a novel or computer game. We do...
by tony h
Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Power outage

I am still planning on getting a whole-house generator. The only thing stopping me is the cost. In most of our houses, not the current one, we have ensured we were multi-fuel to cope with disruptions. We kept a small generator which had enough power for some essentials, we learnt that central heati...
by tony h
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Not a Fluke?
Replies: 6
Views: 2980

Re: Not a Fluke?

A fluke is many things including types of worms, fish or parts of anchors or whales, In this case a fluke is a lucky happening. "Not a fluke" is something that is difficult to achieve but comes about through planning and practice. As an example : if I pick up a bow and arrow and shoot a bull's eye t...
by tony h
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: merely by uttering a sentence
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: merely by uttering a sentence

If the intent is to show the might and awesome power of the speaker to get what he wants, I think all the sentences fail.

The phrasing seems to depict the power invested in someone who has purchased an Alexa.

it might be worth your while describing the context.
by tony h
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shoehorns
Replies: 9
Views: 823

Re: Shoehorns

I'd guess that folding wooden case is also designed a boot jack (boot-puller-offer). The way those tail pieces are cut, it looks like you could wedge the back of your boot in there and slip your heel out. Indeed it is. The two rotating lugs are feet to keep the jaws end of the jack off the ground s...