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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: 43

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: 139

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: 57

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: 145

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: 130

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: 135

Re: Skip rocks

I also know this pastime as "ducks and drakes". See this World Wide Words article for more information.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fun at the farm
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Fun at the farm

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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Good for the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: Good for the soul

For that to happen to me, I'd have to belong to it in the first place. Another prerequisite would be that the Labour Party would need to have an identifiable policy programme that amounts to something more substantial than being the "We're not the party of Boris" party. It seems to be having some tr...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Out of the firing pan
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Out of the firing pan

It's 1937 in Soviet Russia, the height of the Great Purge. In one of the gulags, a firing squad is about to execute the first political prisoner of the day. The officer shouts “Ready… Aim…”, and is about to give the order "Fire!" when the prisoner yells out, “Fuck Stalin!” Everything stops. The capt...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shadow puppets
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Shadow puppets

When my two brothers and I were quite small we shared a bedroom. I do remember us entertaining each other by creating shadow animals on the walls. We did this by contorting our hands into various configurations next to one of the bedside lamps.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Good for the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Good for the soul

It was a busy day at the cathedral. But the priest was summoned away for an emergency. He wondered, “What to do? What to do? I can’t leave the confessional untended!” Then came an idea. “I’ll see if the Rabbi can fill in while I’m out.” He hurried across the street to the schul and presented the ide...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: in their hands

The problem of unambiguously describing multiple students, each of whom is holding a single flower with one hand, cannot be resolved if you insist on starting your statement with "The students had a flower..." You have to say either "Each student had a flower..." or "The students each had a flower.....
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Regret
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Regret

That reminds me of this saying, which I suspect dates from some time in the 1970s:

A woman's faults are many, but men have only two:
Everything they say, and everything they do
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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coming through
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Coming through

I would say either "Coming through!" or "Mind your backs!“ Both of those are the most usual ways of alerting people in this kind of situation, at least in my neck of the woods. The other possibilities you mentioned are acceptable, but I find them a bit too unspecific and uninformative for this purpo...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buss vs kiss
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: buss vs kiss

So, I am now interpreting the usage in the original quote Yond towers, whose wanton tops do buss the clouds, Must kiss their own feet . - Buss: to mean the towers weave around and in the clouds in a changing embrace. - Kiss: a simple peck on the footings, no passion there. I took this to be an asse...