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by trolley
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Senior’s pigs
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Senior’s pigs

I've never had them in a pancake blanket. Here they are usually wrapped in a puffed pastry or a croissant dough. Pillsbury crescent rolls work great. My mom used pancake batter mixed with a bit of cornmeal to make corn-dogs.
by trolley
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Two hair whorls
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Two hair whorls

Steven, that is very interesting. At first, I thought "What a curious superstition." After looking around a bit, it appears that there is more to that than "old wives' tales". Many Asian cultures, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian have similar beliefs. There are also many studies that seem...
by trolley
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Capitalization
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Capitalization

Thanks, folks (Folks?) I guess it's a good thing that my co-worker doesn't read here. Good point on the genericization angle. Yes, if I pull a random tissue from a box I'm grabbing a kleenex and the John/john bit makes good sense to me (for obvious reasons)... and who am I to argue with Mr. Safire? ...
by trolley
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Capitalization
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Capitalization

A colleague was writing something at work this morning: "...this region is a mecca for well-educated natural foods customers..."
I said that a proper noun should be capitalized even when it is being used as a regular noun. She disagrees. It seems to be a split-vote on the inter-webs. Wizards...?
by trolley
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Horrors!
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Horrors!

But you just can't put your finger on exactly what it is?
by trolley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Knee-deep
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: Knee-deep

I wouldn't say it was wrong but I don't think it's perfectly okay . It doesn't seem natural. The terms xxx-deep can change meanings depending on what you are describing. Knee-deep can mean quite deep if you are talking about walking through pig manure. If you are talking about doing a high-dive into...
by trolley
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In/into
Replies: 1
Views: 280

In/into

Me: “I’m going to jump in the shower before we go.”
My wife: “OK but that seems a little reckless.”
...it took second or two to register...
by trolley
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: Lamp

I didn't realize there was a specific name for them. I'm not sure how many people in North America would know what an "anglepoise" is. We usually call them "swing-arm", "balance-arm" or articulating desk lamps. Looking at the one on my desk, It's really a great design and seems to have hardly change...
by trolley
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words that young men use to call each other
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Interesting, Bob, but what does it mean? Is there a connection to "but" and "bud" in the Welsh language...or in mining?
by trolley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words that young men use to call each other
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Words that young men use to call each other

"Bro" or "brother" is also pretty common in North America. In eastern Canada, "boy" (often pronounced as "b'y", especially in Newfoundland) is often used. The most common UK (or maybe just England?) version is probably "mate" (also, not uncommon in Canada).
by trolley
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: lie or lay
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: lie or lay

I've always struggled with those two (those, too). My mom always used "lay-down" as a noun, meaning a nap.
"I have a headache. I'm going for a little lay-down"
Should she have been saying a "lie-down"?
by trolley
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Waist
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Waist

I'd say that was a drawstring
by trolley
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: shambolic

Like Ken, I just added it to my vocabulary today and I'm not sure...but I may have witnessed some children acting in a gambolic manner as I drove past the schoolyard, on my way into work this morning.
by trolley
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: Checking attendance

The patriotism was lost on me. I had no idea what I was singing about. I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia…so I was pretty sure it was
“Send her to Victoria, happy with Gloria” (I assumed that Gloria was a friend of hers). “Long to rain over us” (it was always raining, here).
by trolley
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: Checking attendance

We either said "here" or "present". By the way, checking attendance by reading from a list of names is known as "calling (the) roll" or "taking (the) roll". It is a roll call.
Every morning, after roll call, we recited The Lord's Prayer, then sang Oh Canada, and God Save The Queen.