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by trolley
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Children's toy
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: Children's toy

Steve, what do they call it in that advert?
by trolley
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Children's toy
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: Children's toy

You may see similar things in outdoor playgrounds (probably monitored by some over anxious adult wearing a high-vis vest and carrying a bundle of bubble wrap). These things, designed for children to climb on, were commonly called "monkey bars" or a "jungle gym".
by trolley
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: too many

I like "b." If I was using t "a", I'd probably say "a few yards too far away" rather than "a few yards too many away". Not sure if that's correct, but it's just how it works...in my head.
by trolley
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Out of one's skin
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: Out of one's skin

I'm only familiar with the "jumping/leaping out" versions, but Mentalfloss.com has this to say: 6. OUT OF ONE'S SKIN English really itches to let you know exactly where we stand in relation to skin. We can jump or leap out of it when we’re excited. We can fly out of it when we get really angry. And ...
by trolley
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pencil trash
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: Pencil trash

I started wondering what else they could be called. I tried "pencil shards" but didn't find anyone in that camp. It seems that more than a few people also call them "sharpenings".
by trolley
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so as to make me fall
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: so as to make me fall

"He tried to knock me down but he did not succeed"... no one is confused, at all.
by trolley
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Able to purchase
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Able to purchase

"But this is all you are able to purchase / buy" could imply that the product was unavailable for some reason (it was out of stock, you could not find it, it has been discontinued, not legal in your area). The original quote is very specific... you simply did not have the money.
by trolley
Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fetch
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: Fetch

... or in the idiom "fetch and carry", meaning to perform mindless, grunt-work for someone else. Come to think of it, that's probably how the dog views it when you just throw away a stick and tell him to go and get it.
by trolley
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on three occasions
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

Re: on three occasions

Does Tom have any other advice for us?
by trolley
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Volume on scents
Replies: 5
Views: 1725

Re: Volume on scents

Fremdschämen. Now I have a name for the feeling I get when I watch karaoke. It always amazes me that, seemingly normal people find it entertaining. They'll often say "Don't worry...you don't have to get up there if you don't want to", completely missing the point. It is not fear of embarrassing myse...
by trolley
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for the better
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Re: for the better

It's for the best/worst is commonly heard, around here.
by trolley
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Buck his sets
Replies: 4
Views: 1592

Re: Buck his sets

I can't make much sense out of either of those. It is possible that this conversation was misheard and transcribed incorrectly. "Buck his sets" could be about "cassettes" (that's what the photo is)...maybe buck cassettes (cassettes that cost a dollar)?
by trolley
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Silver singles
Replies: 4
Views: 2548

Re: Silver singles

SilverSingles is an online dating site for people over 50 years of age. Silver (haired) singles.
by trolley
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: House bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 2977

Re: House bridge

We'd call that a "breezeway", around here.