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by Bobinwales
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"

As far as I know the word "wizard" comes from the Middle English "Wys" meaning "wise".
I have no idea where the magical bumbling illegitimate men came from because I have never come across the concept. The wizards that I have met (in literature) have all been wise men.
by Bobinwales
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his ex-wife
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: his ex-wife

Being someone who has been married three times, if you said that you had seen my ex-wife in the pub I would probably ask which one. As would my (current) wife.
by Bobinwales
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Let me take care of it
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: Let me take care of it

Actually Steven, using all three at the same time would be completely natural and nice.
by Bobinwales
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Green blood stream
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Green blood stream

I would not pay any attention to the piece at all when you see such bad English as, " She would of said to the journalist’s , make sure the camera is on ME... . What should have been written is, " She would have said to the journalists , make sure the camera is on ME... . (The comma is in the wrong ...
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Christ above
Replies: 7
Views: 1153

Re: Christ above

I drink my coffee black. Quite often when I order an Americano I get asked if I want milk,
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: plan
Replies: 1
Views: 748

Re: plan

Sorry, I don't think any of them make sense.
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Hook
Replies: 0
Views: 754

Hook

A bloke in the pub told me that he hadn't slept for three nights trying to
find out what Captain Hook was called before the crocodile ate his hand.
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cakewalk
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: Cakewalk

by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bugger
Replies: 10
Views: 1758

Re: Bugger

I have not come across "bugger's grips" before, and I am sorry if I am stating the obvious, but surely "bugger" in that sense refers to origin of the word rather than the slang.
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one more time
Replies: 2
Views: 997

Re: one more time

I don't think that a native speaker would use any of those in normal speech.
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A few shades
Replies: 5
Views: 1354

Re: A few shades

by Bobinwales
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tradeoff
Replies: 2
Views: 1769

Re: Tradeoff

That is a good a description.
by Bobinwales
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The wearing of masks
Replies: 4
Views: 2213

Re: The wearing of masks

Margaret and I went to a garden centre today. Mask wearing is not compulsory in Wales, but we were both covered up. There was a woman our sort of age dithering at the entrance. She moved and backed off. I smiled at her and realised that she couldn't see the smile, so I merrily told her that I was sm...
by Bobinwales
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Keep up with
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

Re: Keep up with

I have heard both used and both are correct.
by Bobinwales
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: open
Replies: 1
Views: 2881

Re: open

Does 'to open a shirt' mean to unbutton it? Yes Does 'to close a shirt' mean to button it up? Not an expression I have ever heard If a man's shirt is unbuttoned and he pulls the two sides further apart, exposing his chest, how would one describe what he does? Does he open his shirt? Does he open it ...