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by Big Squirrel
Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ruling in and ruling out
Replies: 5
Views: 2354

ruling in and ruling out

If ruling something out doesn't essentially mean striking it off a list then where does it come from? I don't think you've really dealt with my original question, gd.
by Big Squirrel
Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ruling in and ruling out
Replies: 5
Views: 2354

ruling in and ruling out

In the context of the crisis in English Football and the search for a new manager I heard a commentator on the radio this morning saying that nobody could be ruled out and nobody could be ruled in. This seems wrong in two ways. Firstly, if someone is ruled in, presumably that means that they have go...
by Big Squirrel
Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noun/pronoun + relating/related
Replies: 9
Views: 3104

noun/pronoun + relating/related

I would prefer the first sentence. The second doesn't sound quite right.
by Big Squirrel
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noun/pronoun + relating/related
Replies: 9
Views: 3104

noun/pronoun + relating/related

I would use relating to as an alternative for concerning or regarding. As for related to, I am related to my brother; he is my relation. I hope that helps but I would be able to give a fuller reply if I knew what had prompted your query in the first place.
by Big Squirrel
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Would
Replies: 5
Views: 2021

Would

Quoc, I think it would be helpful for you to bear in mind that the modal verbs (will, would, can, could, must, may, etc.) all have multiple uses. Would can be used to form conditionals but that is only one of the ways in which it is used. 1/ is a conditional use. You could rewrite the sentence as: "...
by Big Squirrel
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: noun/pronoun + relating/related
Replies: 9
Views: 3104

noun/pronoun + relating/related

Quoc, where has this query come from? Have you got some real-life examples that you have seen somewhere?
by Big Squirrel
Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Newspaper Names
Replies: 59
Views: 29807

Newspaper Names

Wikipedia says that it is named The Gray Lady for its "staid appearance and style."
by Big Squirrel
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: personnel vs staff
Replies: 16
Views: 9033

personnel vs staff

TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TESOL is (I think) Teaching English as a Second Language.
by Big Squirrel
Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: personnel vs staff
Replies: 16
Views: 9033

personnel vs staff

Could this be a sign, gd, that your Plain English Handbook may not be sufficient for all your linguistic needs? There are plenty of good English grammars available over here which explain countability very well. Their number has multiplied in recent years to satisfy the demands of the burgeoning TEF...
by Big Squirrel
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: castles in Spain
Replies: 34
Views: 10280

castles in Spain

Under Castles in Spain the Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms has "unreal wealth and splendour which only exists in the mind." I suppose your Moorish castles would have seemed unreal and unattainable to anyone looking on from afar, Agilis.
by Big Squirrel
Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Newspaper Names
Replies: 59
Views: 29807

Newspaper Names

Our local paper is the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, just known as the Standard (Wilts is Wiltshire.)
by Big Squirrel
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: logos or logo's
Replies: 36
Views: 25028

logos or logo's

Dale, it's quite common here in the UK on market stalls. YOu often see tomatoe's, plum's, apple's, and so on. The practice periodically arouses the ire of retired colonels in places like Tunbridge Wells who fire off letters to the Times about the way the language is going to the dogs. (You may not b...
by Big Squirrel
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: logos or logo's
Replies: 36
Views: 25028

logos or logo's

Can I take it then, Agilis, that you agree with gdwdwrkr over the plural form of logo?
by Big Squirrel
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: logos or logo's
Replies: 36
Views: 25028

logos or logo's

What is the correct plural of the word logo: logos or logo's? I ask because it seems to me that there is a risk of confusion with the Greek word logos which appears in English texts on Theology and Esoteric Philosophy (I've just checked and it's in the dictionary).
by Big Squirrel
Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If I did it
Replies: 10
Views: 3588

If I did it

I would be interested to know what others in the US think of this because according to every grammar I 've ever consulted a sentence like "If I did it, here's what would have happened" is wrong. Is that acceptable in American English?