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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Beer versus wine: An ancient quarrel
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Beer versus wine: An ancient quarrel

One for you, Bob: An old Roman fort, part of Hadrian's Wall, used to guard a bridge across the River Tyne. The legionnaires who manned it were of two nationalities: Gauls and Germanic tribesmen. They despised one another, mostly because the Gauls drank wine and the Germans beer. The Germans accused ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: singular/plural
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: singular/plural

I think this is one of those cases where the context determines the meaning. You could attempt to derive the meaning from the grammar, but (partly because we know a priori that individuals — whether just one or several/many — are liable to be arrested by one or more policemen), and because the sente...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Uber
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Uber

It's an informal usage that (in my perception) is more commonly used in the USA than in Britain.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: can buy many houses
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: can buy many houses

I agree.

However, I'd have used could instead of can in all cases.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Turn up
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Turn up

Both sound fine to me. You've reminded me of a usage that I find particularly troublesome. It's often unclear what a person means when they speak of turning the A/C up. Do they mean that they want it to work harder (i.e. bring the temperature down further), or do they mean that they want to make the...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Swiss cheesiness
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Swiss cheesiness

Friend: "Do you know what the best thing about Switzerland is?”

Me: “No, what?”

Friend: “I don’t know either... but I hear the flag is a big plus!!”
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How to live forever
Replies: 1
Views: 184

How to live forever

Today, I met a fairy who granted me a single wish.

"I want to live forever," I said.

"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"

"Fine!" I exclaimed. "Then I want to die after the Browns win the Superbowl!"

"You crafty bastard!" said the fairy.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: glug

In trying to think of a synonym for ‘glug’ using its context, I had trouble coming up with one. ‘Drops’ seems too small. ‘Spoonfulls’ (teaspoon or tablespoon, is a possibility, but which is it?). ‘Thimbleful’ is also a possibility. All the quantities you've considered seem too small. I'd suggest 'a...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as my father did
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: as my father did

1) = c) or (arguably) a)
2) = d)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as he could
Replies: 5
Views: 405

Re: as he could

I don't think any native speaker of English would choose to utter either of those sentences.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1308

Re: chip on or chip off

"The bowl {has a chip/is chipped}"

is sufficient.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: with

To my mind, 1 and 3 imply causality, whereas 2 and (especially) 4 provide more detail regarding the nature of the ailment but do not necessarily imply causality (thought they do not exclude it either). The comma in each of 2 and 4 makes the clause that follows it parenthetical.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hanger
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Clothes hanger

Phil White wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Problem with all of the products is that they always seem to have an even number of pegs, and I always seem to have an odd number of socks...
Wear a sandal on the foot without a sock.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sportsman’s Double
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Sportsman’s Double

I met an older woman in the pub last night. She looked pretty good for a 60-year-old. In fact, she wasn’t too bad at all, and I found myself thinking she probably had a really hot daughter. We had a couple of beers, and she asked if I’d ever had a Sportsman’s Double. “What’s that?” I asked. “It’s a ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Make a deal over something
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Make a deal over something

You can use 'over' and 'regarding/concerning' with this expression as well as of/out of/about.