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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Easy-peasy
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Easy-peasy

It is British, but Trolley is just down the road from you in British Columbia. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Easy-peasy
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Easy-peasy

That depends rather on the exact phrasing and intonation. "That's easy-peasy!" could be taken to mean "That problem is so easy that any idiot could work it out", whereas "For you , that's easy-peasy!" would imply "You're so smart that you made solving that look easy (when other people would have str...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tom and Sally.... them
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Tom and Sally.... them

This type of construction is the spoken equivalent of a written heading that specifies a topic which is about to be raised.

It occurs frequently in speech, but is uncommon in written English the way it is formatted here, except when speech is reported or transcribed verbatim.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Doofus-dolt
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Doofus-dolt

"Doofus-dolt" is the coinage of the writer of the paragraph you quoted. Both doofus and dolt are terms for a fool, but on my opinion they imply different kinds of stupidity. To me, the Americanism doofus implies a naïve simpleton, or else someone whose lack of intelligence or common sense causes the...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: doubt
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: doubt

The sentence seems fine to me.

Without any modifying context, I would assume that the speaker was principally questioning the plausibility of the plot (though it logically follows from that that the quality of the story overall must also suffer).
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cork
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Cork

"Put a cork in it!" and "Put a sock in it!" are both heard.

Neither injunction is particularly polite.

The contributors to Wordwizard are too suffused with radiant gentility to allow such vulgar expressions past their lips.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: tenses
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: tenses

trolley wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:07 am
I should point out that I have been accused, many times, of assuming too much.
I assume that most of us have been accused of that.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A prisoner that receives capital punishment
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: A prisoner that receives capital punishment

Generically, they are trained killers or executioners.

Specifically, they comprise a firing squad.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sense and Taste
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Sense and Taste

Experience and observation have both taught me that unsolicited commenting on either attire or general appearance is a minefield. Now I avoid it unless I am absolutely sure it will be well received.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sense and Taste
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Sense and Taste

Yes to 1). It is probably the most idiomatic way of expressing this idea. You can tweak 2) in a variety of ways: She {lacks / doesn't have} good taste in clothes. She has poor taste in clothes . Without any context to modify the interpretation of all these variants, they would normally imply that th...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pipe break
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Pipe break

Pipe break might be more formally expressed as pipe breakage.

I think that makes it easier to interpret.

To my mind, pipe break has a sort of limbo existence in which "break" hovers between verb and noun.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: when he was fouled
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Re: when he was fouled

No. There is no clue given that you were also fouled, and all the focus in the main sentence is on your anger at Tom being fouled.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Moms now and then
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Moms now and then

The graphic appears to be making fun of the phenomena of helicopter parenting, parental wokeness, together with preoccupations with building up children's self-esteem and the avoidance of harsh punishments and junk food. In other words, it is lampooning the attitudes embedded in present-day bourgeoi...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bars at a border
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Bars at a border

I too would call them posts. They are too slender and too densely packed to match my conception of a typical column.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where he works
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: where he works

It is unlikely to be understood in that way. For that interpretation, "John knows his workplace" would be far preferable.