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Steve, you may have misinterpreted or misread the sentence. Perhaps the author meant that to praise the student was easy-peasy and was not suggesting you use that phrase as a compliment. By the way, you'll often just hear the second part of that rhyme, by itself, to mean very easy. "Just click on th...
"Dolt" also describes a person of low intelligence. A doofus and a dolt are the same thing. I have never seen them combined before. I suspect that Mr. Carville just doubled them up for effect...sort of like "stupid idiot".
I assumed that the offence for which Tom or the shopkeeper was arrested was the stealing of the badge so it's hard for me to imagine the theft occurring later. I also assumed that if you meant that the arrest came first, then you would have said it... "They arrested Tom, who later stole an officer's...
- Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:03 pm
- Forum: Usage and Writing
- Topic: Getting back with an ex
- Replies: 2
- Views: 125
It has nothing to do with decency (or cleanliness). The meaning behind the statement is that it is a bad (pointless?) idea. It makes about as much sense as putting on dirty clothes after you shower...or scratching a spot that is not itchy...or rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic...
"a friend that breaks all your dopest peices."... I don't understand that, either, Steve but it has nothing to do with what is being talked about here. They are talking about a (water? sewer?) pipe that is in the basement and has broken (burst, failed) and caused some damage to the basement and/or g...
When I read that statement, with no context, my first thought was "John knows where who works?... Mike?...Gary?" As Erik said, it's unlikely to be taken as in your second option and I eliminated your first because, really, doesn't everybody "know where they work"?
- Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:15 pm
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
- Topic: Guacamole strategy
- Replies: 2
- Views: 361
I'm familiar with the game but had never heard of a "Whack-a-Mole strategy". It is an apt description, though...frantically trying to hammer out solutions as they pop up...being reactive rather than proactive. I like it but I probably will start using "guacamole strategy". That is, until someone acc...
It just occurred to me that "skookum" is probably not an adjective that folks outside my neck of the woods are familiar with. Bonnie, are you familiar with that word, down there?
Good question, Steve. The whole structure is a fence. On a wooden fence, those vertical parts would be called pickets, or maybe spindles or balusters but that doesn't seem correct, in this case. If it was a wrought iron fence they would be spires. These ones seem a little too skookum to be called ba...
- Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:00 pm
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
- Topic: where the monkey put the nuts
- Replies: 5
- Views: 4122
I'd be willing to bet that you are correct about which "jam" the phrase refers to....the spreadable kind, the kind that all kids love, the kind that the White Queen offered (or didn't offer) to Alice. Jam is (or was) something very desirable. "I had a pretty good family life, growing up in the 60s.....
A belated Happy Father's Day to all the dads...those ones still with us and those who are not. It is a very tough and important job and I, for one, did not make it any easier on my old man.
I don't find it offensive, but, keep in mind that everyone has a different level of acceptance. I am not really offended by the word that it stands for and putting a mask, or a splash of perfume, or a drop of honey on it doesn't change the meaning. It's usually a good idea to know your audience and ...