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by Phil White
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 3066

Re: Ketchup

Gets stranger all the time. I can now see all of them. I right-clicked on the image I couldn't see and chose "Copy image location" and pasted that into the browser URL bar to see the image in the first place. It may just be to do with the sizes of the originals. Either way, we are there now.
by Phil White
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 3066

Re: Ketchup

Erik, The first of Steve's images appears on my machine. The second doesn't. Could be your ad blocker that is stopping them from appearing. One odd phenomenon: If you reply to the message and scroll through to the original post in the reply screen, you see the images. Very strange. This is a similar...
by Phil White
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 3066

Re: Ketchup

Hi Steven, Looks like Walmart don't like you linking to their pictures. Your second photo does not show up. Here is a different photo of the same bottle: https://d2lnr5mha7bycj.cloudfront.net/product-image/file/large_6bd32c4e-4368-4374-b4a2-01d5f63bc7b8.JPG I don't really know the answer to your que...
by Phil White
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 7
Views: 17855

Re: Coronavirus

It is quite alarming. I have a short list of all my elderly acquaintances and am ringing them frequently to make sure they are OK. Suddenly I realized that several of my younger acquaintances have taken to ringing me frequently... There is a message in there somewhere! Fortunately, Sheba and I can g...
by Phil White
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 7
Views: 17855

Coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic begins to tighten its grip on countries throughout the world, may I take the opportunity to urge all of our readers and contributors to stay safe. Whatever your government in your country is telling you to do, please follow the advice, however difficult it might be. Think...
by Phil White
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Flying through the letter box
Replies: 3
Views: 3183

Re: Flying through the letter box

I understand it as a rather unpleasant comment about the long-term unemployed. The writer is suggesting that they do nothing and have no intention of doing anything and yet the government is still paying them large amounts of various benefit payments very often (the payments are "flying" through the...
by Phil White
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It gets the lungs
Replies: 7
Views: 10063

Re: It gets the lungs

It is all an illiterate misunderstanding. The virus is spread by aerosol, not arsehole.
by Phil White
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A lesson to
Replies: 3
Views: 4785

Re: A lesson to

Yes. Erik is right. We tend to use "a lesson to" when something bad has happened (usually as a result of doing something wilfully wrong or foolish) and we are saying that a person should learn from the unpleasant experience. It carries a little of the sense "that serves you right". We see the expres...
by Phil White
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: With its faults
Replies: 3
Views: 5634

Re: With its faults

I understand it to mean "Despite its (Australia's) faults, we're lucky to live in Australia."

For me, it's a clumsy way of saying it, but perhaps "with" is used like that in Australia.
by Phil White
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Some thoughts
Replies: 0
Views: 7093

Some thoughts

Now that coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, does this make it an "unchained malady"?

Is it reasonable to call a conference of senior executives from trade and industry a "managerie"?
by Phil White
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It gets the lungs
Replies: 7
Views: 10063

Re: It gets the lungs

I'm glad you worked it out, trolley! I had no idea what the writer was on about!
by Phil White
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint David's Day
Replies: 4
Views: 9327

Re: Saint David's Day

I think they just slipped off to the pub, Bob.
by Phil White
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: commas
Replies: 1
Views: 6562

Re: commas

Note: You had a typo in your examples. They should read "on this subject", not "in this subject". Depending on your intended nuance of meaning, either could be correct. The punctuated version makes the phrase "by other authors" parenthetical. They have the same effect as putting the phrase in bracke...
by Phil White
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint David's Day
Replies: 4
Views: 9327

Saint David's Day

Happy St. David's Day, Bob!

Mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn llyswennod!
by Phil White
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Taxis in The UK
Replies: 2
Views: 6716

Re: Taxis in The UK

Hi Steven, These vehicles, commonly called "black cabs" are still common on British roads. They are also called "Hackney cabs" or simply "Hackneys", but none of those are brand names. There are two types of licensing for taxis in the UK, one for Hackney cabs and one for "radio cabs" or "radio taxis"...