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by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Colorful toy
Replies: 4
Views: 2569

Re: Colorful toy

Steve I think that you should be aware of this in your study of slinkies.

WoZ who has slinked down the stairs
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Doctor
Replies: 5
Views: 2644

Re: Doctor

Steve you may also see the expression, "this photo has been shopped" which means the photo has been manipulated in Photoshop. I use Photoshop to create digital art. So all my art photos are shopped.

WoZ who has been doctored
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pillows
Replies: 6
Views: 3539

Re: Pillows

Erik I think you are taking an overemphasised scientific viewpoint. I do agree with what you say however to the man on the Bondi bus an inflatable pillow is one that is blown up with air. Anything that is listed as being inflatable needs to have air forced into it by some means. In more modern model...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big rip
Replies: 8
Views: 3458

Re: Big rip

Steve your post has one of my favourite hates in it. "There's a rather big tear/a rather big rip on his left jean leg, right at the knee." The recent emergence of the "educated trend setters" and followers to drop the /s/ from clothes words is so maddening to me. You can't have a jean . You have jea...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Witch
Replies: 7
Views: 3606

Re: Witch

I think it is a matter of intent. Witches are generally held to be evil. The concept of good witches and white witches is an exception to the general rule that witches are bad. That is why I prefer the term Warlock[/] to be a male witch as their intent is evil. Incidentally this is the most common d...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Blatant
Replies: 3
Views: 2262

Re: Blatant

Hi Steve, I do agree with Bob but I must have worked in ruder offices than him. Steve I always feel that when you use, A blatant act , you need to add a explainer. For example the situation you gave I would write as, A blatant act of office misbehaviour. A blatant act of sexual politics. A blatant a...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pogey
Replies: 7
Views: 12873

Re: pogey

Here is one of those tangential posts that is sort of on topic but ... In Cliffy's Emporium cafe in Daylesford in country Victoria they serve poggie for breakfast. Poggie it turns out is porridge . The menu explains that it is an old country word for porridge but no more. I had thought it might be S...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Military jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 3115

Re: Military jacket

Steve when looking at clothing do not confuse colour with style. Each of the coats was in deed green. However as Bob pointed out it was a green Parka. Some jackets can been described as green military style jackets . It is possible that in the link that didn't work the clothing was a moss-green mili...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pillows
Replies: 6
Views: 3539

Re: Pillows

Steve I think you may have it slightly wrong. They do not inflate when you take them out of the plastic as much as they puff up from being taken out of the confined space of the plastic bag. On the pillow it says that they are polyester fibre. They are not filled with air. WoZ who loves boobs for pi...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Football game
Replies: 3
Views: 2430

Re: Football game

Hi Steve the word that you are looking for is Foosball or it is also called table soccer . This game was made famous in the American series Friends where Joey and Chandler had a table and played frequently. Thanks to your question I can say that in Australia it is a very low profile sport but there ...
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Pongo
Replies: 3
Views: 6540

Re: Pongo

I am not familiar with the term but it is an AIF slang term. Pongo An Infantryman. Although commonly used in some units this term could hardly be regarded as universal. General World War I. From 1919 (OED). This was originally nautical slang (1917) for ‘a marine’ , but is first attested in Digger Di...
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Collapsed road
Replies: 4
Views: 2784

Re: Collapsed road

Steve I live in a city that began as a coal mining town. Many of the suburbs are undermined with mine shafts. It is not unusual for land to collapse into one of these shafts and we would call that a sink hole . To me the defining characteristics are that the surface land sinks into an underground sp...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bitch
Replies: 3
Views: 2264

Re: Bitch

I would.

WoZ retired
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stand on edge
Replies: 3
Views: 2551

Re: Stand on edge

Steve to save all this hirsute talk you could simply say that the performance, gave me goosebumps..

WoZ feeling goosebumpy
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 34351

Re: moiety

Someone once told me that when your moiety is angry with you all you have to do is explain to her that she is being unreasonable, and she will immediately see sense and calm down. Yes. Quite! That's counselling gold right there. Some would say that it is bloody suicide in action. WoZ who tried to e...