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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: It Happened in Pisa

Speaking of queuing... In March/April 1979, during the tail end of the Brezhnev era, I went to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) on a student exchange visit with a bunch of other British students. One day, not very long before we were due to return to the UK, I went with some of the others to the Dom K...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Doors down
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Doors down

Another possibility:

She lives two doors away.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: It Happened in Pisa

Bob, a web search for "one has to watch one's Pisan queues" brought up Phil's previous posting on Wordwizard as the sole hit, which corroborates his statement that he was recounting an actual event. So it looks like that's where the entry in your file must have come from. It's a shame that it hasn't...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Articulated buses
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: Articulated buses

I have ridden them in airports and in Copenhagen and St Petersburg (the Russian one). They aren't suitable for routes with a combination of narrow streets, small intersections and tight turns, which is one reason that they were withdrawn in London.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It Happened in Pisa
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: It Happened in Pisa

The chances are that if the person posting the joke doesn't remember reading it on the site, nor will almost anyone else. Phil probably remembers this one only because it was him who posted it the last time.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how responsible
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: how responsible

All the versions with "much" seem as natural to me as those without. The difference is that the extra emphasis given to equivalence in these versions has the paradoxical rhetorical effect of emphasising the importance of the role of the grammatical subject of these sentences (whether that role is po...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: High-tech
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: High-tech

It rather depends on what you consider to be "high-tech", Steven. For a translator/copy editor like me, the chief tool of the trade today is a computer plus the necessary software for performing a broad range of associated tasks. That's a commonplace set-up in a whole lot of occupations these days, ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: Sink, line and hooker

Thanks, Tony. I'm glad you enjoy these postings. 😛 Phil and I did discuss the feasibility of implementing a “like" button some while ago, but we came to the conclusion that the technical challenges were too great when set against the prospective benefit. The next best non-verbal equivalent to a “lik...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Sink, line and hooker

A retired sailor met a retired pirate in a bar, where they fell to telling each other about their maritime adventures. After the sailor had recounted some of his own, it was the turn of the pirate to answer a few questions from the sailor: - So tell me, how did you get that wooden leg? - Oh, this wa...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men

I assume your Geordie friend was just wishfully speculating, because you haven't said anything about what facts she was drawing on to back up her notion. The crux of the issue is whether a strong line of evidence — and preferably more than one — exists to support her contention. Without that, her th...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: all of whose

"A triangle whose all sides are equal".

No.

"A triangle whose sides are all equal", or

"A triangle all of whose sides are equal"; or, most simply,

"A triangle with equal sides".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The whole truth
Replies: 0
Views: 121

The whole truth

At school, the classmate of ten-year-old Johnny tells him that most adults are hiding at least one dark secret, so it’s very easy to blackmail them by saying, "I know the whole truth." Johnny decides to go home and try it out. At home he informs his mother, "Mom, I know the whole truth." His mother ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crummy
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: Crummy

This is undoubtedly a situation that is liable to attract countless candidates, partly because there are so many adjectives that would fit it, and partly because having a shitty internet connection is apt to provoke strong feelings in those who are relying on a connection to the internet for some pu...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: You got me
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: You got me

They're both OK.

"You got me" can also be used to suggest that the speaker is acknowledging having been fooled by a trick question (or sometimes a prank).
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Skip rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Skip rocks

I also know this pastime as "ducks and drakes". See this World Wide Words article for more information.