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by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what is an anti-pun
Replies: 24
Views: 8897

Re: what is an anti-pun

The anti-pun part is the punch-line. Milan is truly the arm-pit of Italy. It's damp , smelly, generally always in the dark, except for a few months during the summer when it's exposed to too much sun... and it's hairy too. The first three descriptions are comparable analogies; a town can be damp, sm...
by PhilHunt
Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what is an anti-pun
Replies: 24
Views: 8897

Re: what is an anti-pun

Could an anti-pun be something like this?

Milan is truly the arm-pit of Italy.
It's usually smelly, generally always in the dark, except for a few months during the summer when it's exposed to too much sun...and it's hairy too.
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The bottom line
Replies: 1
Views: 1789

Re: The bottom line

I once got a bottom line sunbathing.
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: above the fold
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: above the fold

Is there the antonym 'below the fold'?

For example: Lady Gaga is above the fold in the UK but below the fold in Italy where no-one gives two hoots as to who she is.
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He wants......
Replies: 9
Views: 2141

Re: He wants......

We are truly two nations divided by a common language.
...and I always thought it was called the North Atlantic Ocean.
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He wants......
Replies: 9
Views: 2141

Re: He wants......

Thanks Harry, good to get some US input.
Bob, Similar to 'he's asking for...' could be 'he's looking for...' or my personal favourite 'he's cruising for a bruising' ;)
by PhilHunt
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He wants......
Replies: 9
Views: 2141

He wants......

Is the use of 'want' in sentences such as "He wants a good kicking" , where want actually means 'needs', exclusively country/social and class specific? I remember it being used a lot in hard hitting English crime shows and in the playground (not sure about Scotland or Wales) , but when I searched fo...
by PhilHunt
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 15
Views: 3277

Re: Merry Christmas

Buon Natale, tutti quanti.
by PhilHunt
Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Re-education
Replies: 8
Views: 3172

Re: Re-education

I don't really work to terms as I work in a private school often re-educating adults who've been pre-educated badly in the ways of English, but yes, I have been really busy with things lately.
by PhilHunt
Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Re-education
Replies: 8
Views: 3172

Re: Re-education

A friend of mine grew up in East Berlin. before the wall came down, and they were very familiar with re-education centres there. Her father once expressed his views about the state over dinner and the next day his own brother shopped him in to the Stazi. After that, every evening he would go off for...
by PhilHunt
Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: at the end of the day
Replies: 9
Views: 5434

Re: at the end of the day

My wife always mixes the expression up with 'not the end of the world' and says things like "Stop complaining! It's not the end of the day."
I love that about her.
by PhilHunt
Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bull's eye / bull's-eye
Replies: 22
Views: 9944

Re: bull's eye / bull's-eye

....I like my figures of speech fully rounded with pert bits.*

Thanks Ken for a sterling castle job.**




*in my best python-esque manner (of fact)...**

**in my best John Cleese word-association sketch-a-etch a flaming minute.
by PhilHunt
Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bull's eye / bull's-eye
Replies: 22
Views: 9944

Re: Bull's eye

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*There goes Private Willy.
by PhilHunt
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: vee hickles
Replies: 26
Views: 5366

Re: Vee Hickles

Edwin, I'm not sure an emphasised schwa exists; if it does perhaps it could be represented as such /ә:/ I'll try my best to describe how I see [?] the pronunciation issue here. Instead of using pure terminology with my students, I often try to get them to think physically about pronunciation. Just a...
by PhilHunt
Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bull's eye / bull's-eye
Replies: 22
Views: 9944

Re: Bull's eye

If we're building walls, can we make a 'Rugger Hall'.
When I see mention of that sport, it makes me want to mutilate my privates*.













*Said General Whithers.