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by tony h
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: words that lose the apostrophe
Replies: 1
Views: 38

words that lose the apostrophe

Is there a name for words that lose their apostrophe?
Harrod's > Harrods
influenza > 'flu' > flu
by tony h
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: doesn't often
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: doesn't often

a. He doesn't often watch movies he has acted in. He only watches his movies occasionally.
b. He often doesn't watch movies he has acted in. He does watch his films but not all of them.
by tony h
Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Push
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Push

I am unclear whether these are unpleasant tasks or whether they are difficult , complex tasks.

A useful, but less than polite, phrase is , "all the crap lands on my desk", "they push all the crap onto me".

"They keep all the best jobs and just give me the dregs"
by tony h
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: most rapidly
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: most rapidly

I find fastest and rapidly sit rather uncomfortably here. I think the reason is that fastest and rapidly seem to have more of a competitive element to them. I don't associate an assignment with a competition of speed. With an assignment words like "finished it first" or "first to hand it in" is more...
by tony h
Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: It Happened in Pisa

A different queuing experience. In China , before they embraced their version of capitalism, arriving unexpectedly at a hotel somewhat to the east of Qiemo there was need to book three rooms. "no rooms", was the greeting. Actually it took a lot longer to get to that point, Simon's Chinese which we k...
by tony h
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: It Happened in Pisa

Jokes are meant to be repeated. I think it is sad that we don't here. There are some of Ken's that I remember enjoying but nothing of their substance. I have looked but can't find them.
by tony h
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bread
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Bread

From my imperfect observation. I would say it is: 1) a lattice - that is the way the strands of dough are folded 2)leavened - which is the addition of a rising agent (usually yeast) to produce gas which makes the bread rise and makes the texture more open (usually softer) 3) made from wheat - from t...
by tony h
Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Sink, line and hooker

Well done Erik. I do feel conflicted on so many excellent posts, and responses, that the only way of appreciation is through a reply. Making a reply seems overly weighty, for a number of perceptions, whereas the internet standard of a number of images-of-appreciation, you will understand from that t...
by tony h
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men

History often questions whether we would be up to the challenges our forefather had. Also I just wonder if the highlighted part in red might be the origin of Geordie. I know the official etymology if from King George but a Geordie lass I knew was convinced otherwise :) From the OED yard, n.2 Forms: ...
by tony h
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: almost all
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: almost all

There is an ambiguity in all, some more so than others. I suspect the context would have made it clear eg the question to which this is a response. However, without making the response over long changing the various forms of "almost all" to "most" seems to work better. 1) I can eat almost all the fr...
by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Hold liquor
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Hold liquor

The polite thing to do is to drink safely within your limits.
by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Indenture
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Indenture

I have known, for a good half century, that an Indenture was a sort of contract. And that Indenture could cover "employment", property purchase, investment. In fact pretty much anything. It has also occurred that indenture sounds a bit like all sorts of other words. And that Indentures are often qui...
by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crummy
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Crummy

It also depends on whether this a permanent or temporary thing. I am not given to the colourful epithets of others but here are some words. Our internet is flaky - a problem that is often the case at any time of day. It waxes and wanes in relatively short periods. The internet is flaky - a temporary...
by tony h
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: in their hands

Thank you so much Erik and my apologies if my questions are irritating. ... misunderstand a written text can cause problems, especially if you are translating it Many thanks. They do come across as irritating but probably because you write so well. What puzzles me is how you come up with these appa...
by tony h
Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: Flying kites

Phil White wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:11 pm When I was in my late teens, there was a craze in the UK for flying Peter Powells
I missed out but no longer! Just ordered one from www.peterpowellkites.com. This order is a classic of hope over experience.