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by trolley
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 6
Views: 770

Re: Where should 'only' go?

Some, if not all, of those meanings can be implied without using "only" at all...try saying "she told him she loved him", using an emphasis on a different word each time you say it.
by trolley
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bossed by one's girlfriend
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: Bossed by one's girlfriend

Most that spring to mind aren't specific to the situation that you describe. They are more generic terms describing someone being bullied by another person, without regard to their gender or their relationship to each other...badgered, browbeaten, coerced, dominated, intimidated. There are two that ...
by trolley
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Needle
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Needle

They both sound a bit formal. You're more likely to hear "you're almost on empty/almost on E". I don't think a native speaker would reference the needle.
by trolley
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Win against someone
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: Win against someone

Steve, there's probably too many to list. Many of the words or phrases can also be used to describe other types of victories...in an argument, in a sporting contest, in a war, etc. A common one used to describe besting someone in a physical altercation is to "beat someone up". "Kicking someone's ass...
by trolley
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

I doubt you’ll get a definitive answer on that one. There seems to be a lot of folks trying to track the origin down and as many different theories as there are researchers. Most of the theories sound like complete cack. I don’t listen to rap and had never heard the North/South Carolina connection. ...
by trolley
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 457

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

As kids, we used "beeswax" as a substitute word for business...
"Mind your own beeswax!" I'm not even sure why we needed a euphemism to soften "business".
by trolley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Damascene conversion
Replies: 7
Views: 4658

Re: Damascene conversion

That phrase is a new one, for me. I've heard of a "road to Damascus" moment, or turn-around or decision. A Damascene conversion is easy enough to figure out but I probably would have never deciphered a "Pauline conversion"...
by trolley
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Traffic
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Traffic

The "go-to" phrase on our local news stations seems to be "traffic congestion". They talk of certain areas of the city that are congested. Another phrase is "heavy traffic". When traffic is moving slowly because of volume (usually the morning commute to work or the evening return from work) it can b...
by trolley
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Husky and Hoarse
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Husky and Hoarse

"Husky", used to describe a voice, can also be a compliment. Oddly, it's a quality that seems sexy or desirable to some people. You are definitely looking for "hoarse" or "raspy" in your example.
by trolley
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 1206

Re: On the fly

It's easier to imagine that there is no connection when you take the time to look it up. Apparently, "on the fly" is another baseball idiom and "winging it" has its origin in the theatre. Actors who learned their lines while standing in the wings, waiting to go on stage, were just "winging it".
by trolley
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 1206

Re: On the fly

A similar phrase, used in my neck of the woods is "winging it". To "wing it" is to do something without practice or preperation...to ad lib. This is very close to how I interpret "on the fly". It seems hard to imagine there is not a connection between winging and flying.
by trolley
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 1206

Re: On the fly

I've never heard it used that way, either. Are you sure you don't mean "on the double"? That means to do something in a hurry. I would not say that to a waiter...I suspect it might have the opposite effect. A more polite version might get your desired result : "I would appreciate it if you could hur...
by trolley
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Airline seat
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: Airline seat

We call that type of seat a "recliner". That bottom part is known as the footrest or leg rest.
by trolley
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Never does a thing
Replies: 4
Views: 806

Re: Never does a thing

"Windbag" is the closest noun I can think of, although it (and it's counterparts gasbag, blowhard, bloviator?) are more about someone who speaks at great length but really says little, of substance. There are a lot of humorous descriptions for the person you refer to, that follow the same format as ...
by trolley
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 1606

Re: Violin, viola.

I've always pronounced the name of the musical instrument as "vee ola" but I've known two women with that name and both pronounced their names as "Vye ola".