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by Bobinwales
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Very thirsty
Replies: 5
Views: 8525

Re: Very thirsty

As a rule, we spit sawdust.
by Bobinwales
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 16663

Re: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas

In Wales we have Siôn Corn, although in truth he has been largely forgotten because of Anglicisation. A 'corn' is a chimney pot and 'Siôn' is a Welsh version of John... so Siôn Corn literally translates as John Chimney Pot. As far as I can tell he serves the functions as Father Christmas.
by Bobinwales
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: St David
Replies: 5
Views: 14438

Re: St David

Well done you.
by Bobinwales
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Are we there yet?
Replies: 4
Views: 11393

Re: Are we there yet?

Welcome Dunkeld, or can I call you Paul? Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch translates as, "The Church of St Mary's in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave". And your examples mean? I have not been to Germany since 1972, I s...
by Bobinwales
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Still
Replies: 4
Views: 4992

Re: Still

All three are admirable, and can be used easily by native speakers.
by Bobinwales
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kind of motorbike
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Kind of motorbike

I think that I would call it a moped. I know that technically a moped is a "Motor Assisted Pedal Cycle", but I am not even sure such contraptions are still made, but those light bikes fill the gap very well.
by Bobinwales
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: useful for you to
Replies: 3
Views: 5703

Re: useful for you to

Yes, but they are ungainly.
"You will find this book useful for understanding the basic concepts of physics".
by Bobinwales
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub again
Replies: 0
Views: 12456

The pub again

A bloke in the pub told me that he had iron deficiency, that was why all of his shirts were creased.
by Bobinwales
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Forgiveness application?
Replies: 4
Views: 5075

Re: Forgiveness application?

I can't imagine it happening in the UK. Motor insurance is compulsory here, so the woman's ability to pay is irrelevant.
by Bobinwales
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Dealing with canvassers
Replies: 3
Views: 9555

Re: Dealing with canvassers

Once upon a time when I was out canvassing the bloke who opened the door to me said, "We are Jehovah's Witnesses and take no interest in politics".
I said, "Well, you come and bother me on my doorstep!". He wasn't impressed, and I have no idea if he did vote for me.
by Bobinwales
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Squeeze in
Replies: 6
Views: 6230

Re: Squeeze in

There is a lovely Welsh word, "Cwtch" ('w' is a vowel in Welsh).
It can mean an enclosed space (the cupboard under the stairs for instance), or a cuddle. But if we were trying to get everyone into a photograph we might well say, "Cwtch up everyone".
by Bobinwales
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Divorce
Replies: 3
Views: 5140

Re: Divorce

I have never seen the word "exrays" before. I am not at all convinced that it exists.
by Bobinwales
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 6727

Re: Describing someone as fat

I don't think that I have mentioned it before, but I have been appointed Town Crier of Pontardawe, and will shortly be leading the Father Christmas Parade. I have spoken to our Town Clerk because our Mayor has a similar waistline to mine, he is also bearded, to find out if he would be robed for the ...
by Bobinwales
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 6727

Re: Describing someone as fat

"Overweight" is a useful word as well.
by Bobinwales
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enough painkillers
Replies: 1
Views: 4558

Re: enough painkillers

Take enough painkiller so that you won't feel any pain.