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by trolley
Sun May 31, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Diaper
Replies: 4
Views: 2361

Re: Diaper

I know it's hard to keep all this straight, in your mind, Steve but try and remember that in Canada (and maybe The States) a nappy is a slang term for a napkin. If you are ever at my house for a barbecue and I offer you a nappy...don't take it the wrong way :)
by trolley
Sat May 30, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Diaper
Replies: 4
Views: 2361

Re: Diaper

I can only assume that the insult here is referring to Mayor Frey as a baby. B may think he is weak or childish. It could be a reference to his looks...he does appear to be quite young. Sometimes it is very difficult to figure out what comments made by keyboard warriors are supposed to mean.
by trolley
Thu May 28, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Car payment is due
Replies: 5
Views: 2701

Re: Car payment is due

The assumption is that the young woman's car payment is due and it will probably be paid by the elderly gent in exchange for her "companionship". Then again, it could just be an innocent Grandfather and Granddaughter photo. :lol: Either way, it's her car payment that is due.
by trolley
Wed May 27, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Go for
Replies: 6
Views: 3030

Re: Go for

I thought it would be preferable to lumping freight on the Swansea Docks...
by trolley
Wed May 27, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Go for
Replies: 6
Views: 3030

Re: Go for

Steve, in this case, "goes for" means that something that was said previously also applies to, or is true of, someone or something else.

"Joe, you need to spend more time in the office. Bob, that goes for you, too."

Joe needs to spend more time in the office, and so does Bob.
by trolley
Tue May 26, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't use to
Replies: 3
Views: 2663

Re: didn't use to

I'm not a big fan of "didn't used to", either. "Used to" is something that happened in the past, but (probably) does not happen anymore. "Usually" is something that happened with regularity that may or may not still happen. "Use to" does imply some degree of regularity (I can't think of an example w...
by trolley
Sun May 24, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't use to
Replies: 3
Views: 2663

Re: didn't use to

I equate "didn't use to" with "I never", so they all seem a little off, to me. If you said "I didn't use to smoke very often when...", then you could add how little you did.
by trolley
Fri May 22, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 2693

Re: as was ordered

My apologies, Azz. I don't even know why I made that assumption. Many years ago, when I first started coming to the clubhouse, I subconsciously created an image of the various members. This was based on their names and some other clues that I must've picked up along they way...where they were from, ...
by trolley
Fri May 22, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as was ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 2693

Re: as was ordered

This native listener was left wondering who had ordered the box. Was Azz the vendor and someone had ordered a blue box from him but he only had a red one to offer? Had Azz tried to order a blue box from someone but received a red one instead?
by trolley
Wed May 20, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pew
Replies: 11
Views: 3714

Re: Pew

things are almost back to normal in The States...
https://www.wtnh.com/news/unusual-stori ... -pandemic/
by trolley
Wed May 20, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Melted butter
Replies: 2
Views: 2097

Re: Melted butter

If it is a "saying", it's probably not a very well-known one. This is just a wild guess, but the hint may be in the first part..."gets under his skin". Getting under someone's skin means to aggravate them. Nancy Pelosi seems to do this quite easily (as easily as melted butter). It's fairly common, w...
by trolley
Tue May 19, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: So far up in the air
Replies: 2
Views: 2045

Re: So far up in the air

Google "nose up in the air" and it'll probably become clearer. The quip about the rain means it was "so up in the air" it was in danger of filling up with water.
by trolley
Sun May 17, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pew
Replies: 11
Views: 3714

Re: Pew

I think it would be fine to say that to a stranger. It is intended to be slightly humorous. A pew is a type of seat that you would find in a Christian church...not in a pub, although some folks might afford their local pub the same reverence that others reserve for a place of worship.
by trolley
Fri May 15, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the roll call
Replies: 5
Views: 2672

Re: Do the roll call

That was at Granny's house, when all the various cousins were there. Sometimes she'd even throw in random names, just to cover all the angles.
by trolley
Fri May 15, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the roll call
Replies: 5
Views: 2672

Re: Do the roll call

Steve, it's not really a roll call, at least (probably) not in the way you understand it. It's a humorous anecdote about mothers of large families. They sometimes get the names confused with the faces, especially when excited or angry and just start listing off names when trying to single out one ch...