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by trolley
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Guacamole strategy
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Re: Guacamole strategy

I'm familiar with the game but had never heard of a "Whack-a-Mole strategy". It is an apt description, though...frantically trying to hammer out solutions as they pop up...being reactive rather than proactive. I like it but I probably will start using "guacamole strategy". That is, until someone acc...
by trolley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bars at a border
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

Re: Bars at a border

It just occurred to me that "skookum" is probably not an adjective that folks outside my neck of the woods are familiar with. Bonnie, are you familiar with that word, down there?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skookum
by trolley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bars at a border
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

Re: Bars at a border

Good question, Steve. The whole structure is a fence. On a wooden fence, those vertical parts would be called pickets, or maybe spindles or balusters but that doesn't seem correct, in this case. If it was a wrought iron fence they would be spires. These ones seem a little too skookum to be called ba...
by trolley
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Easy on the eye
Replies: 2
Views: 1173

Re: Easy on the eye

Indeed it does, Steve.
by trolley
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: where the monkey put the nuts
Replies: 5
Views: 5706

Re: where the monkey put the nuts

I'd be willing to bet that you are correct about which "jam" the phrase refers to....the spreadable kind, the kind that all kids love, the kind that the White Queen offered (or didn't offer) to Alice. Jam is (or was) something very desirable. "I had a pretty good family life, growing up in the 60s.....
by trolley
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Father's Day
Replies: 0
Views: 2102

Father's Day

A belated Happy Father's Day to all the dads...those ones still with us and those who are not. It is a very tough and important job and I, for one, did not make it any easier on my old man.
by trolley
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Effing
Replies: 2
Views: 1745

Re: Effing

I don't find it offensive, but, keep in mind that everyone has a different level of acceptance. I am not really offended by the word that it stands for and putting a mask, or a splash of perfume, or a drop of honey on it doesn't change the meaning. It's usually a good idea to know your audience and ...
by trolley
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Keeper
Replies: 2
Views: 2084

Re: Keeper

In this case, a "keeper" is something that is worth keeping. It is something that has some value and should be held onto.
by trolley
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: strikingly
Replies: 2
Views: 2266

Re: strikingly

To me, #5 sounds the least strange of them all. I wondered if #6 really meant that it was surprising that the painting was not done in black and white and the writer had simply forgotten a punctuation point (comma? em dash? colon?...)
"6) Colour has been used in these paintings, strikingly."
by trolley
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like it does with
Replies: 1
Views: 1522

Re: like it does with

In examples 2 and 3, I don't think your vision was affected at all. Example 1 may be a little less clear but I would assume your vision was not affected. I think if all 3 had a comma after "vision", I'd even be more that sure your vision was not impacted at all. I would tend to think that if you did...
by trolley
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Makeup
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: Makeup

Bob is correct. There is also another reason that the second choice sounds less natural. A native speaker would probably leave out the "on my face" part. I'm no expert but I think it would be assumed that's where she is putting it. You're more likely to hear "I'm putting on my makeup" or even "I'm p...
by trolley
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Makeup
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: Makeup

They both would be correct if #2 was reworded "applying makeup on (or to) the woman's face."
by trolley
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every member's wallet
Replies: 2
Views: 1695

Re: every member's wallet

I don't think any of them imply that. If that was the implication, I missed it. I took all three to mean that all the wallets in the member's locker room were stolen.
by trolley
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laundry
Replies: 3
Views: 1910

Re: Laundry

When you do laundry, it's a bad idea to mix different colours in the same load.The colours may blend (from bleeding together), creating an undesired result. The idea of the statement is that this is only a problem with mixing different coloured fabrics and is not a problem when mixing different colo...
by trolley
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a Bed-In
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Re: a Bed-In

I am surprised that you Googled "bed-in" and didn't come up with the complete meaning...in this case. In the 60s a(n) " x -in" was used to describe a gathering of people for a common idea (often a non violent protest). There were love-ins, sit-ins, and probably many other types of "ins". I think Joh...