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by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Violin, viola.

Yes Erik, we are most definitely in the vawz, varz and vayz territory. I rather suspected that one pronunciation was just as correct as the other!
And thank you Ken, I somehow did not not suspect that it could be a a UK/USA thing.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Violin, viola.

I enjoyed a lovely string quartet last night. The viola player did most of the talking referring to her instrument as a VEE -OLA . I have always called it a VYE -OLA , after all, her sister was playing a VYE -OLIN not a VEE -OLIN, but it set me thinking about which is correct, VEE-OLA or VYE-OLA ? P...
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Having Drinking

I prefer this construction, and note the "a".
She's over there in Starbucks having a coffee.
She's over there in Starbucks drinking a coffee.
by Bobinwales
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: I'm still alive

I usually say, "Still standing!" or "On the right side of the grass", or being Welsh, "Tidy!".
by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: True Story
Replies: 1
Views: 362

True Story

Apparently there is a film called "Yesterday". A friend of mine went into a cinema with her husband and asked:
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"What are the times for Yesterday?
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"Today?"
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"No, tomorrow".
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Who said that English is an easy language?
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: again
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: again

a. He'll make things right again. means things were right at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were.
b. He'll make things right one more time. means things are continually going wrong but he will correct it one last time.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

Re: Addicted to exercising

I think that this bloke is completely bonkers, but I would not want him to hear me calling him that!
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by Bobinwales
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

Re: Addicted to exercising

Bonkers!
by Bobinwales
Mon May 27, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An eatery that cheats a customer
Replies: 5
Views: 2407

Re: An eatery that cheats a customer

I would call it a bloody rip-off.
I would also have asked for the bill. Our American friends would probably ask for the check.
This is a cheque in the UK (American English "check").
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by Bobinwales
Tue May 21, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 4040

Re: Gee Gee

Many thanks.
by Bobinwales
Sun May 19, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 4040

Gee Gee

We went for day out in the Welsh countryside today and the conversation, as often happens, got a bit silly. "Oh look! Moo cows". "There are baa lambs over there", and what have you. I, being what I am started to think, why, when we have moo cows, baa lambs, bow wows and what have you, do we have "Ge...
by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too high a sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 2539

Re: Too high a sentence

Either of the first two would be perfectly satisfactory, as would be the third if it had read,
"That is too severe a sentence" (without 'of').
by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 2504

Re: Gossip

Amazing. I only knew it as someone who spreads "news".
by Bobinwales
Thu May 09, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 2504

Re: Gossip

Many thanks both.
by Bobinwales
Tue May 07, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 2504

Gossip

I am reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, rephrasing that, I am attempting to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it is hard going in English, what it is like in French will remain a mystery. . In one interminable chapter Dom Claude is visited by Gossip Coictier and Gossip Tourangeau. Not even t...