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by BonnieL
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 8
Views: 2856

Re: How old are you?

Another way of doing it without causing offence (especially if the context makes it seem relevant) is to ask how old they were in the year when the event being discussed took place, or even simply to ask what year they were born in. That way works with me. While I really don't mind anyone knowing h...
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Still
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Still

They all look fine to me.
by BonnieL
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Squeeze in
Replies: 6
Views: 1669

Re: Squeeze in

I must be a "so-called grammarian" - "try and" sets my teeth on edge. :x
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hearing
Replies: 4
Views: 1965

Re: Hearing

Both are fine. You could also say "He has trouble hearing", "He's hearing-impaired" or "He's deaf". A person who can hear nothing at all can be described as being profoundly deaf. Sometimes more detail is helpful, especially if the person you're talking with will be talking with the partially deaf ...
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A salesclerk calls a customer "Hon"
Replies: 4
Views: 1811

Re: A salesclerk calls a customer "Hon"

I know it bothers some people, but I'm not one of them. I had a favorite clerk at the grocery who called everyone 'hon." She's not there anymore. She was always cheerful & I don't think I was the only customer who felt happier after interacting with her. :cry: The only thing I find offensive is to b...
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: That's all you
Replies: 3
Views: 1559

I read the story at Not Always Right & I think it's a typo - either the OP or editors. I suspect the coworker said, "It's all yours!" Meaning she wasn't going to help with the return.
by BonnieL
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 2046

Re: Describing someone as fat

We used to know someone who loved looking like Santa Claus. He had pure white hair & beard & didn't need padding. Sadly, he passed away last year.
by BonnieL
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 2046

Re: Describing someone as fat

As someone who is a bit more plump than she should be, I can say authoritatively that there is no polite way to call someone fat.
by BonnieL
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The money
Replies: 4
Views: 1828

Re: The money

In the first call the word "already" wouldn't be used - it almost sounds like complaining.
by BonnieL
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hell-bent
Replies: 4
Views: 2286

Re: Hell-bent

One of my mother's favorite expressions was "hell bent for leather" - which was how she drove. :shock:

I've never looked it up so I'm not sure where it came from or exactly what it means. Tho in my mother's case, it meant driving must faster than she should have.
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A rural area
Replies: 8
Views: 4613

Re: A rural area

Hick, bumpkin, hillbilly, redneck, yokel, hayseed, sod-buster. Be careful using these terms, Steve. They are all derogatory (to varying degrees) and imply that the person is poorly educated, unsophisticated or lacking in social graces. I'm struggling to come up with a term that is not an insult. Th...
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Corrupt good manners
Replies: 6
Views: 6400

Re: Corrupt good manners

It's also in the Bible: "Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”" I Corinthians 15:33
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 5694

Where should 'only' go?

This is something I see often & it bugs me. But since I do see it often, I'm thinking the writers must be right & I'm wrong. Recent example: "Their mechanism only allows one possible course of action." I want to read it as: "Their mechanism allows only one possible course of action." If I'm wrong, c...
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad memory
Replies: 6
Views: 4025

Re: Bad memory

I had an aunt who used to say I was away with the fairies - I hated that. But I was a day-dreaming child.

Did a google search & found "memory like a sieve." Now why didn't I remember that! :lol:
by BonnieL
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Torn pork
Replies: 3
Views: 2458

Re: Torn pork

I've never heard of that. I'm definitely going to be looking for it! Thanks, Steven, for expanding my culinary horizons. :D