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by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Hold liquor
Replies: 3
Views: 98

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: 56

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: 129

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: 383

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: 580

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.
by tony h
Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shadow puppets
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Shadow puppets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x9cq_EPM9s This takes it to a whole new level. Trolley, you reminded of a shadow theatre group we saw some years ago. We went having both seen th Black Theatre of Prague in our youth. This is from when they were on Britain's Got Talent so it has the unnecessary hype...
by tony h
Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Flying kites

This being wordwizard I have to mention this. You will never find a problem with these differences in everyday situations, only when talking to specialized craftsmen. Your friends who used rice to stick things used "paste", "glue" is made from rendered animal parts typically bone, "adhesive" covers ...
by tony h
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: asked them to stop
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: asked them to stop

They are not natural. Try : It is an industrial cleaner. The manufacturers have asked the public to stop using it at home. Produce/producers tend to be used with crops, not manufactured items. However this statement is capable of clarification as I am well aware that, inter alia, theatre shows and n...
by tony h
Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Flying kites

It goes in and out of fashion. Stephen, what sort of kites do you fly?
by tony h
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mugs
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: Mugs

A mug can be made from any material. It tends to be larger than a cup and without a saucer. Common sizes are ½pint for a mug,⅓ pint for a cup. Both are used as a dry measure although the use of mug in this way appears rare.
by tony h
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: pin money
Replies: 0
Views: 174

pin money

This might be better under Usage and Writing. "They were paid in pin money", I said. There was an absence of understanding on the young people's faces. "What do you think is meant by pin money?" There was a bit of demurring. Then the one chosen for the sacrifice puts forward the collective view, "mo...
by tony h
Tue Sep 07, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buss vs kiss
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: buss vs kiss

Erik, of course, you are right. I am not giving my posts the attention to detail they deserve.
by tony h
Tue Sep 07, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buss vs kiss
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: buss vs kiss

@Phil White , thank you for that. My wife, was on the phone to a Shakespearean actress friend of hers, and asked her the question. The reply was, "Kissing, a peck on the cheek, very polite." And "Bussing?", she asked. "Anything from a bit of tongue, to needing to spend a few minutes straightening yo...
by tony h
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: boulter
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: boulter

I've only seen the word (bolt/bolting/bolted) without the 'u'. The 'u' spelling would be the British one, right? Only as an archaism. Nowadays "bolt" is the standard British English spelling. The online Merriam-Webster does not list the flour-sieving connection under ”boulter" (though Collins does)...
by tony h
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buss vs kiss
Replies: 4
Views: 340

buss vs kiss

It is one of those times when words heard a thousand times just leap out and say, "there is something here you have missed". So the definition of Buss is Kiss. A kiss, esp. a loud or vigorous one. However, is there a difference between buss and kiss? Troilus and Cressida [IV, 5] Ulysses Sir, I foret...