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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Limerick-rolling
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Limerick-rolling

Townsfolk need to abbreviate in
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrn-
drobwllllantysilio-
gogogoch, but will go
The whole hog when the spring tours begin.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hygge
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: hygge

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:55 am
b]Pronunciation[/b]: [[from other source]] hoo-gah [[I never did learn the OED pronunciation code. (>:) ]]
If you want to hear how the Danes pronounce the word, click on the loudspeaker icon here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crumbs
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Crumbs

The saying (in a slightly different form) can be traced back to the Gospel of St Luke. Here are verses 16:20 and 16:21 of the King James version of the Bible (published in 1611): 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed wit...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Capitalization
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Capitalization

In some contexts, place names, just like brand names, become genericized over time as the original connotations recede from speakers' consciousness. So just as you might hoover your hallway rather than Hoovering it or take your tea on the train in a thermos rather than a Thermos flask, a conurbation...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Horrors!
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Horrors!

No. That's what's so perverse about it. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Horrors!
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Horrors!

I've started reading a horror novel written in Braille.

I know something bad is about to happen. I can feel it.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Meow
Replies: 0
Views: 307

Meow

Given that the word "homeowner" also contains the word "meow", how do you plan to pronounce it from now on?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: shambolic (2)

Sorry, Ken... You were saying?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Limerick-rolling
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Limerick-rolling

There was a young man
From Cork who got limericks
And haikus confused.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Limerick-rolling
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Limerick-rolling

:D

I once knew a man from Baku
Whose limericks stopped at line two.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Limerick-rolling
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Limerick-rolling

There once was a bard from Hong Kong
Who thought limericks went on too long.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Cross purposes
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Cross purposes

Email from Richard to Max: "Hi Max. This is Richard from next door. I've been riddled with guilt for a few months, and have been trying to get up the courage to tell you face-to-face. When you're not around, I've been sharing your wife, day and night, probably much more than you. I haven't been get...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words that young men use to call each other
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Most of these terms of address can also be uttered sarcastically or contemptuously. Unless the speaker is sure of how their mode of address will be interpreted by the young man/men in question, caution is advisable: in case of doubt, addressing one's interlocutor by name would be the safest alternat...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Singing voice
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Singing voice

Technique is one of those peculiar words whose idiomatic usage doesn't always match the reality of what it seeks to describe. Skilful singers use a number of different techniques to achieve their sound, but idiomatically speaking, they are still only using "good technique". To make your wording sou...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: lie or lay
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: lie or lay

Yes, according to most grammarians. I lived in the US for 14 years, and in that time I heard people say something like "I'm going to lay down for a while" much more often than "I'm going to lie for a while". This applied equally to my own circle of friends and acquaintances and to what I heard on br...