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by Shelley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A hustle
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Re: A hustle

"A hustle" does not mean the same thing as "A dream." Depending on the context, a hustle is usually something bad; a dream is usually something good. Hustling is prostitution, frequently. And yes, sometimes "a hustle" can be legitimate, honest work, but I would never call it that, except humorously....
by Shelley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ballsy
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Ballsy

So, not your idea of a dream date, Eric? Stevenloan, as trolley said, the term "ballsy" is no more correct than "do you have enough balls": both are vulgar (and dated, by the way). Unless you intend your character to be a crude person, I suggest you re-frame the question completely. Since having bre...
by Shelley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The wearing of masks
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: The wearing of masks

Either way, it demonstrates the truth of the old adage "halitosis is better than no breath". Funny, Phil! I'm quite attached to my mask -- a folded, pink bandana. I can wash it out when I reach my destination (work), it dries quickly, and is all fresh and soap-smelling when I have to wear it again ...
by Shelley
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Food

This food has joined the dark side, Luke Skywalker -- consume it at your peril.
by Shelley
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Rant
Replies: 6
Views: 847

Re: Rant

You do your best to purchase things ethically and with a certain regard for the environment, but ultimately you have no control over the process. Phil, you are completely justified in your frustration and fury. This conundrum is the basis for the problem of "The Good Place": after several seasons, ...
by Shelley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'd like to coin the phrase: advertiser's apostrophe
Replies: 2
Views: 5011

Re: I'd like to coin the phrase: advertiser's apostrophe

That's very interesting - a screener for potential dupes. What's really cool, though, is the pi pie pic next to the article. (Don't know if it appears in everyone's screen -- could be a regional thing.)
So tony h, I will point out the advertiser's apostrophe, by name, whenever I see it.
by Shelley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Smallest Room
Replies: 3
Views: 9007

Re: The Smallest Room

I like to call it "the euphemism."
by Shelley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The best schools
Replies: 3
Views: 5453

Re: The best schools

Honey, I just call that the way of the world.

Signed,
The weary cynic
by Shelley
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 11787

Re: In the pub

"Flora of the Moors: A Vegetarian's Guide," by the Bronte Soeurs
by Shelley
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 11787

Re: In the pub

Very funny, guys. But I meant DINOSAUR ones. "Try Sarah Topps" may be the only DINOSAUR one.
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 11787

Re: In the pub

Good one, Bobinwales. I want to come up with some others, but this may be the only one!
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A close second
Replies: 3
Views: 4296

Re: A close second

Stevenloan, I think you've used the phrase perfectly in your coffee example. Like tony h says, when something beats something else by a very small margin, it's called "a close second." There are bunches of idioms to describe a very close finish between competitors: beaten by a hair/nose; a photo-fin...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Au contraire
Replies: 6
Views: 5750

Re: Au contraire

. . . whether the expression comes across as pretentious is dependent partly on who is saying it, in what context and with what intention. Indeed. Late to the party once again, I still must add my two cents: "au contraire, mon frere" is nothing but cool when Bart Simpson says it. I have a memory of...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slide and slip
Replies: 4
Views: 4508

Re: Slide and slip

I've always heard the expression as, ". . . slipped through one's fingers." This version shows up on a google search as an idiom.
Of course, Paul Simon would have it both ways: Y'know, the nearer your destination, the more you're slip sliding away.
by Shelley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poor
Replies: 2
Views: 3501

Re: poor

Hi azz. I don't find (a) to be ambiguous. It might be ambiguous if you were speaking the two words: a person might hear "poorhouse." On paper, though, I take "poor house" to simply mean badly built, rundown, or otherwise not up to standard. I might use a more specific word to describe a structure's ...