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by trolley
Wed May 13, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hot weather
Replies: 2
Views: 2075

Re: Hot weather

That’s a unusual way to express it, Steve, but you get your point across. There is a huge list of expressions to describe feeling very hot. Many of them are similar to what you’ve said: I’m cooking I’m roasting, boiling, broiling, sizzling I’m melting Some of these might require more context to be c...
by trolley
Sun May 10, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither of which
Replies: 1
Views: 2190

Re: neither of which

I can't even say why, but in both C & D i would say "useful to" rather than "useful for". After thinking about it for a while, it seems I say "useful for" when referring to an action that is performed by that useful thing and "useful to" when talking about person or group that benefits from that use...
by trolley
Fri May 08, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hanger
Replies: 2
Views: 2344

Re: Hanger

Steve, that is a spelling error (or a typo). It is spelt "hangar" and is a large building for storing airplanes, similar to a garage for storing cars.
by trolley
Fri May 01, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Faster than a hot potato
Replies: 3
Views: 2877

Re: Faster than a hot potato

Steve, imagine someone taking a potato out of the oven and placing it in your hand. You would drop it very quickly. You couldn't/wouldn't hold/tolerate it for very long. I imagine your confusion comes from you assuming that they mean a hot potato is fast...similar to "faster than a speeding bullet"....
by trolley
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The / An edge
Replies: 4
Views: 2890

Re: The / An edge

That's a very good question, Steve and something that never occurred to me. We may both have to wait for someone else to explain it. I'm not sure I could make it clear enough. Edge, here, does mean advantage but it's not an/the that makes it hard to explain. It's "give" that muddles things a bit. Wh...
by trolley
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A cool treat
Replies: 3
Views: 2617

Re: A cool treat

The treat here is "meaning 1" and "cool" refers to the temperature.Fruit, ice cream and gelato are are cool (cold).
by trolley
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The facilities
Replies: 4
Views: 2653

Re: The facilities

similar fuddyduddistic tendencies
by trolley
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What is it called?
Replies: 2
Views: 2357

Re: What is it called?

That is a condiment dish.They come in all shapes and sizes...that one just happens to be a double. They are also known as sauce bowls or dip bowls.A ramekin is a small ceramic dish for cooking and serving an individual portion. Sometimes people use ramekins as condiment dishes...but they are differe...
by trolley
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The facilities
Replies: 4
Views: 2653

Re: The facilities

You do hear it here, but less and less, it seems. I think it's somewhat old fashioned...but not too old fashioned for me.
by trolley
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet product
Replies: 5
Views: 2997

Re: Toilet product

The big white ones that were in the urinal were known as Scotch mints, at my school.
by trolley
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In all honesty
Replies: 5
Views: 2894

Re: In all honesty

Yes, Steve, a good question indeed. Phil has covered it pretty well but I'd like to expand on another of the subtleties. "We tend to use "in all honesty" when we know that what we want to say will be difficult for the user..." It may not just be difficult because the listener could find it upsetting...
by trolley
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Translations
Replies: 3
Views: 2922

Re: Translations

BTW... I liked the "BTY" part. By the Y? Back to you? Been there yesterday?
by trolley
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Coronavirus guidelines
Replies: 1
Views: 2342

Re: Coronavirus guidelines

Finally, clarity.
by trolley
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: onboarding
Replies: 2
Views: 3916

onboarding

I was on a telephone conference this morning and the Procurement Manager from our sister company was talking about expanding their selection of products. He said they planned to "onboard" several new lines. That jumped out at me because I'd never heard that useage before. Who verbed that while I was...
by trolley
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It's not flooded with water
Replies: 7
Views: 3009

Re: It's not flooded with water

People would certainly understand what you meant, Steve, but it's probably not the way a native speaker would word it.
"You can walk to the island, on the sandbar (spit, tombolo) that connects it to the mainland"
BTW...where is that...it's beautiful!