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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Corrupt good manners
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Corrupt good manners

I think 'associates' or 'associations' would be better than 'communications' in this context. The issue here isn't the communication of information, but character. 'Manners' is also an unsuitable word choice, because it implies that there is a problem of etiquette rather than of morals. However, cha...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: compared to
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Re: compared to

In her class she's tall for a girl, but not compared to the boys.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: Where should 'only' go?

You could do that in multiple places for additional nuances of meaning, e.g.

Only she told only him she loved him only.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vision
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Vision

Yes. Very good! :)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Word Scrabble Game
Replies: 25
Views: 20572

Re: Word Scrabble Game

Yes, it looks like the site has disappeared. Try www.wordplays.com instead.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The story
Replies: 1
Views: 83

The story

One day, the English professor told his class the following: "Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. You will form into pairs. As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragrap...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: solace and consolation

It seems plausible: according to Wiktionary, the very similar Latin word solaris means

1) Of or pertaining to the sun, solar.
2) (figuratively) sunny

However, mere plausibility is not the same as evidence. I couldn't find any; maybe someone else can.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: solace and consolation

According to Etymonline.com, they both ultimately derive from the Latin solari, "to comfort, console, soothe." Etymonline's search engine is quite sophisticated: when I looked up solace, it generated hits for many other words related to it in terms of either meaning or etymological derivation, or bo...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Needle
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Needle

"You're running on fumes".

"You're down to almost nothing [ in the tank ]".

"The fuel light is showing" (if it is).
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was kidnapped
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: was kidnapped

My comments regarding how natural these variants seem are shown in black. Which are correct: 1) He was killed to keep him silent. Yes. 2) He was killed to be kept silent. No. 3) He was killed to keep silent (meaning: He was killed so that he would keep silent.) No. 4) He was killed in order to keep ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: stochastic terrorism

“ Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. [...] DailyKos.com, 10 January 2019 I am not keen on this novel usage. I get the point being made by the c...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Live off one's parents

I would call him, A-lazy-sod-who-will-live-to-regret-being-a-lazy-sod-when-his-parents-have-popped-off. He probably won't outlive his parents. Steve: I don't think there's a specific term for that category of person. More general terms for someone who lives off someone else without making a contrib...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 4848

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

https://www.brugesgroup.com/images/easyblog_articles/657/b2ap3_large_Brexit-cake.jpg LEAVER: I want an omelette. REMAINER: Right. It’s just we haven’t got any eggs. LEAVER: Yes, we have. There they are. [HE POINTS AT A CAKE] REMAINER: They’re in the cake. LEAVER: Yes, get them out of the cake, plea...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Live off one's parents

I'd call them fortunate to be able to have this brief interlude in which to enjoy life before exponentially accelerating climate catastrophe, a global financial meltdown, planetary ecosystem collapse and/or famine takes us all down, probably around 1-2 years from now (depending on where one happens ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad seed
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Bad seed

The reason you couldn't find that term is that it is not an established idiom. The proverb the person who used the phrase was probably grappling for (and failing to remember correctly) was "There's a bad apple in every barrel", meaning (in this context) "Even a well-run/ethical organization will hav...