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by trolley
Thu Oct 21, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Offering seats to the elderly
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Offering seats to the elderly

At first, I thought that statement had actually been made by some internet troll, just stirring the pot. I found the original quote from 2017 and that ridiculously wide paintbrush was wielded by Sir John Armstrong Muir Gray. What a twit!
by trolley
Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rattle
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Rattle

Steve, to "rattle off" is a phrasal verb (idiom?) meaning to say things or list things quickly and without having to think very hard about it. "Off the top of my head" also means done quickly and without much effort. "Rattle off the top of one's head" is a fairly common phrase but now that I think a...
by trolley
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was rich herself
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: was rich herself

I'm not sure whether it is grammatically correct, but "was rich herself" would not have given me your intended meaning without all that other information. That whole myself/herself thing gets a little muddied, for me, when used with "I" or "she". Does "she herself was rich" mean the same thing as "s...
by trolley
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Religion - politics - weather
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Religion - politics - weather

When I turned 19, my Dad took me to the pub for my first (legal) pint. He gave a few words of advice about how to behave in a bar. Among them, were do not discuss religion or politics, be skeptical of any promises that strangers may make to you and if a fight breaks out, stay in your seat, unless yo...
by trolley
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: Spooky pond

Steve, I wouldn't know what to call it. I'd never seen such a thing. This is a spring in Croatia known as the "Eye of the Earth". I'm not sure I'd say it was "spooky", but it is amazing!
by trolley
Mon Oct 11, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: A ferry

It always did take about 90 minutes (it's about 50km). When I was a kid it seemed like such an adventure and time didn't really seem to matter. Now I just want to get to where I am going.
by trolley
Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: A ferry

I live on Vancouver Island, so a ferry trip is a necessary part of travel, for us. As a kid, I loved to ride the ferry...now it's just a 90 minute pain in the arse.
by trolley
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: School Teacher

Corporal punishment in schools has been banned since the 70s in my province but was widely used when I was a youngster. I went to a private Catholic school for about a year...I got my share! Having said that, by the time I was in ninth grade, I would not be letting anyone put their hands on me!
by trolley
Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Power outage

Yikes, Bonnie! Two weeks? I can't imagine...
by trolley
Wed Oct 06, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Power outage

I live in a fairly rural area. In 1996 there was a huge snow storm combined with high winds. Most of our utilities run above ground and between the snow, the wind and the downed trees large portions of the power grid were compromised. We were without electricity for almost 4 days as they tried to cl...
by trolley
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there weren't any?
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: there weren't any?

Even as contradictions, they don't sound natural. I'm not sure, but they seem to work better if it is a direct contradiction.
"There was paper in the drawer."
"There was not paper in the drawer."

"There were bullets in the gun."
"There were not bullets in the gun."
by trolley
Sun Oct 03, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shoehorns
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: Shoehorns

I'd guess that folding wooden case is also designed a boot jack (boot-puller-offer). The way those tail pieces are cut, it looks like you could wedge the back of your boot in there and slip your heel out.
by trolley
Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shoehorns
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: Shoehorns

I don't think I've ever used one either. Oddly enough, I do own 2 or 3 of them...for some strange reason. That one in your photo is not your typical shoehorn. It looks more like a device for the elderly or folks with mobility issues. My Dad struggles to put on his own shoes and socks. Those horns wi...
by trolley
Fri Oct 01, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A hiding place for
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: A hiding place for

It could mean that, Steve. What it is really saying though is that if you are afraid of your enemy, that is an advantage, for him. Seems similar to FDR's "we have nothing to fear but fear itself".
by trolley
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as good a vs as good of a
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: as good a vs as good of a

As good answers as I could hope to get?