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by trolley
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Full Stop
Replies: 0
Views: 16

Full Stop

I'm giving up drinking until Christmas.
Sorry...I meant
"I'm giving up. Drinking until Christmas.
by trolley
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Route
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Route

#1 is closer to the idea being expressed, except, in this case it's not really a way or direction between two places. It's a way or direction between two (or more) choices. Imagine that your final "destination" is a Thanksgiving dinner. A traditional American Thanksgiving dinner is usually a roast t...
by trolley
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: not everyone

I think your best bet would be to find whoever wrote/said that and ask them exactly what they mean. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Nothing good ever comes from purposeful ambiguity.
by trolley
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: hospital corners
Replies: 18
Views: 2526

Re: hospital corners

It's just a little too restrictive, for me. First thing I do when I get into a hotel bed is kick my feet around a bit to loosen it up. I'm not really into foot- bondage.
by trolley
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Come close
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Come close

Not really. "No place comes close" means that it is so much better than any other choice, it's hardly worth comparing. Saying "no place is similar" is not nearly as strong (of) a statement.
by trolley
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Run a red light
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Run a red light

#1 might be taken as a threat and #2 doesn't really make any sense...I'd probably just consider myself lucky and drive on or give him the "palms up" gesture, which (around here) means "what the fuck were you thinking?"
by trolley
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too good
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: too good

That's odd. I always thought that the construction "too good of a person" sounded more "proper" and that "too good a person" was informal. Turns out, it's the other way around (if you believe that "of" can be used at all, in these circumstances.) I didn't even realize there was a debate on whether i...
by trolley
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Roger
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Roger

It's fairly common around here. I use it, myself. In the phonetic alphabet (often used by the military) "Roger" stood for the letter "R". Used in a reply, Roger means "R", which means "received", which means I understand what you are saying. "Copy that" means the same thing but is not from the phone...
by trolley
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drool
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Drool

"Makes my mouth water" would be my choice. "Drool" has a bit of a negative hint to it. When I think "drool", I think of a dog and imagine the saliva actually running out of its mouth. Dogs drool, babies drool, people with dementia or other neurological disorders might drool. Try Googling "slobber" (...
by trolley
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Absent-minded
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Absent-minded

Certainly, #2 is more common. In fact, I had to check and see if forgettery was even a real word. It is, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've encountered it. Maybe I just unremembered it. Somewhat coincidently (this being Remembrance Day), "forgettance" is also a word...9:00 am and I've a...
by trolley
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Point straight at
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Point straight at

If you are talking about having the fan move back and forth to alter the direction of air flow, that movement is known as oscillation
You feel more comfortable when the fan is oscillating.
by trolley
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tap water
Replies: 5
Views: 1255

Re: Tap water

We call them "drinking fountains". I guess it's a sign of the times, but when I was a kid they were everywhere... in department stores, bus depots, random spots on the sidewalk downtown...
by trolley
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Second to none
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: Second to none

Most certainly, it can apply to a person. Your example is perfect. When you apply it to a person, you need some sort of qualifier, explaining in what way they you think they are second to none...as a cook, as a Mom , as a friend, as a bullshitter, etc. You wouldn't just say "Julia is second to none"...
by trolley
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dodge to be
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: Dodge to be

...and it probably won't be the last time!
by trolley
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dodge to be
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: Dodge to be

Is it just me, or does using "doctor" (change in order to deceive) in a statement about something medical seem to somehow detract from the statement? I immediately thought there was some (attempt at) humour injected in there and questioned how serious the statement was. For some reason, I would not ...