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- Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:49 pm
- Forum: Usage and Writing
- Topic: Crocodile - children walking in pairs
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Maybe it's that side to side, undulating way a croc swims. BTW, I have never heard that expression before but I've seen plenty of school children in that formation...and they are rarely following a straight line.
When Steve posted this I realized that I knew what it meant... but not why. When I looked it up, there seemed to be a lot of suggestions that it referred to an apprentice, whose job it was to "hold the candle" for the journeyman (so he could see well enough to do the work). It was the most basic of ...
- Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:28 pm
- Forum: Usage and Writing
- Topic: which I didn't know
- Replies: 3
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I'm not at all sure about correctness but I don't think I would have used any of your suggestions. Trying to stick with your format, I would have said each one a little differently... 1) I said things that I didn't know were true. 2) I said things and I didn't know whether they were true or not. 3) ...
Wine bottles have traditionally been stoppered with a cork. When screw-tops started to be used they were associated with cheap wine. This is no longer the case as many fine wines now come with a screw-top. I do have to say, though, I rather like the whole production (ritual?) of pulling the cork on ...
It's new to me, as well. Could it be a "slough" hole? Something mucky , swampy and dirty? Whatever it is supposed to mean, we can be sure it is not a compliment. I saw some footage of the Cardi B dance... it was not pretty.
Try "cantilever" or "offset" patio umbrella. Stationary umbrellas used for shade are usually referred to as patio umbrellas. I've never seen an offset one quite the same shape as the one in your photo, though. It looks more like what we call a "gazebo". Whether it's an umbrella or a gazebo...it is s...
It is still in use, around here. It is usually used as a toast before tossing back an alcoholic beverage, but not always. It really just means to swallow something. You could toss a habanero pepper "down the hatch" or a handful of pills. It is usually something that may be difficult or unpleasant to...
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".
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.
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 ...