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by Phil White
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: (The) Wirral
Replies: 1
Views: 7068

(The) Wirral

Wirral, and indeed the Wirral, has been in the news a lot in the UK over the past few weeks, as the coronavirus evacuees have been brought to our local hospital at Arrowe Park for quarantine. But clearly, the news broadcasters have little respect for the sensitivities of Wirral citizens. Then again,...
by Phil White
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Danish pastry - and Rosinenschnecke
Replies: 9
Views: 12059

Re: Danish pastry - and Rosinenschnecke

Thank you trolley. Is there no end to the range of skills the Wizards have?
by Phil White
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Danish pastry - and Rosinenschnecke
Replies: 9
Views: 12059

Re: Danish pastry - and Rosinenschnecke

I am probably the worlds least qualified person to answer this, as I rarely, if ever, eat pastries, buns or cakes - apart from a very occasional croissant, although the last one would have been about twelve years ago. The important thing about Danish pastries is that they are made from "laminated do...
by Phil White
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Powder one's nose
Replies: 3
Views: 7553

Re: Powder one's nose

A very interesting question!

I strongly suspect that it is exactly the sort of thing that I would have said, although I can remember no concrete instance when I did so.

The answer to the question you didn't ask is that it would, in my opinion, be a perfectly good humorous comment for a male to make.
by Phil White
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spelling mistake police
Replies: 4
Views: 8386

Re: Spelling mistake police

trolley wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:09 pm
The motto of the spelling/grammar/PC police is "to serve and correct".
I think you'll find that should have been "to surf and correct".
by Phil White
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Folded like a cheap xxxx
Replies: 3
Views: 8852

Re: Folded like a cheap xxxx

I reckon I live on the wrong side of the pond for all of those. "Cheap suit" and "cheap suitcase" are foreign to me. So is "dirty shirt", although I have heard "dirty shit" plenty of times...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Handsome
Replies: 5
Views: 8562

Re: Handsome

Interesting, John. My sensibilities about "handsome" may be peculiar to the UK.
by Phil White
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not so much
Replies: 3
Views: 8379

Re: not so much

Idiomatically, I think it would be far more normal to say "Pete is tall; his brother less so", but Erik's comments still apply.
by Phil White
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Handsome
Replies: 5
Views: 8562

Re: Handsome

Good question! "Handsome" is a strange word. Its meaning has shifted over time, and the different things that we may describe as "handsome" have also changed over time. Furthermore, it has for a long time been a word that is only used by certain groups of speakers in certain meanings. I shall do my ...
by Phil White
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used to take a picture
Replies: 3
Views: 7905

Re: Thing used to take a picture

Hi Steven, I really don't think that I have ever heard them called anything, but Wikipedia gives all of these alternatives: "photo stand-in", "face in the hole board", "photo cutout board", "comic foreground" "picture you put your head in" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_stand-in). Of all those...
by Phil White
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sui generis
Replies: 4
Views: 9506

Re: sui generis

Hi Ken. Thanks for this post. It gives me the opportunity for a good rant! There are few Latin or Latin-derived expressions that annoy me more than this one. There are plenty of Latin expressions that neatly fill a void in the English language, that represent a concise expression of a concept and th...
by Phil White
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The pants only go down so far
Replies: 3
Views: 7469

Re: The pants only go down so far

I'm with trolley. I also have no idea what it means.
by Phil White
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Virus device
Replies: 5
Views: 8674

Re: Virus device

My guess is that it is a body heat scanner. There are several names for this kind of device. A "handheld thermal scanner" may well be the best choice. I wouldn't use "thermometer", as this suggests an instrument that is actually applied to the source of heat. The device shown measures infrared light...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Horrors!
Replies: 3
Views: 8007

Re: Horrors!

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by Phil White
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In/into
Replies: 2
Views: 8270

Re: In/into

It is strange to look at sentences where "in" or "into" appear to be mandatory and those in which there is some flexibility. It is never possible to use "into" with the static meaning of "in", but there is a lot of room for flexibility the other way. Indeed, in some cases it it obligatory to use "in...