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by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: new anagram solver
Replies: 5
Views: 13520

Re: new anagram solver

Work like a working wordwizard (4,5)
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past
Replies: 7
Views: 3083

Re: Subjunctive mood in a sea of past

And agreeing with Erik makes it doubly certain.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Query
Replies: 11
Views: 6687

Re: Query

I see you're adopting the 'Wales is the centre of the universe' attitude.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Acyrologia
Replies: 6
Views: 7595

Re: Acyrologia

Ecphonesis of Explexis was a good line but a bad king.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Collision
Replies: 2
Views: 2743

Re: Collision

'The bridge came out of nowhere and hit us.' [Captain Haddock]
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Phenomenal
Replies: 2
Views: 14326

Re: Phenomenal

Ah, the old tripartite (body / soul / spirit) vs bipartite (body / soul-spirit) debate. The Bible seems to use both models - either, as best fits the occasion.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cult
Replies: 5
Views: 4889

Re: Cult

I've known someone who, when told off for using a term generally acknowledged to be a slur, said "They shouldn't take offence, because I didn't mean any." Insults are in the eye of the beholder. However, this can be taken too far. I've heard of some people who didn't like the new sense of 'gay' mean...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: multi-word verb going simplex?
Replies: 2
Views: 2087

Re: multi-word verb going simplex?

They say English is not as easy as they say it is.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: multi-word verb going simplex?
Replies: 2
Views: 2087

multi-word verb going simplex?

We haven't had a look at the grammar surrounding MWVs (here, just concentrating on the verb + particle / ? / thingy, which are sometimes grouped as 'phrasal / prepositional / phrasal-prepositional verbs') for ages. Just to annoy WiZ (and to tempt Phil H, and provoke Dante into coming, back), here is...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:37 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Weather
Replies: 6
Views: 4687

Re: Weather

Move to sunny (diurnally) Manchester, gentlemen:

'We have something of a first on Stargazing Live here at Jodrell Bank tonight: we can actually stargaze live.' [or words to that effect] [Dara O Briain]
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma before quotation
Replies: 10
Views: 5156

Re: comma before quotation

@Jerry I often find myself plumping for zero punctuation rather than the traditional comma or colon before a quote. For instance, I wouldn't want any pause-signaller in: The terrified child screamed "Help me!" from the sinking boat. I'd probably use He said, "Nothing." in most cases, but probably no...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma before quotation
Replies: 10
Views: 5156

Re: comma before quotation

By analogy with: "While my daughter Mary freaks at the sight of a bug, my daughter Eliza will pick it up." The (defining) appositives here are better not set off by commas. Contrast "While my aunt, Mary, freaks at the sight of a bug, my daughter, Eliza, will pick it up." [implication: only one of ea...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: And
Replies: 3
Views: 5376

Re: And

According to legend, someone wrote into the Times once, in response to a typo appearing in the paper, and said, "I can think of no sentence in the English language in which the word 'and' appears twice in succession." Someone else wrote a week later, in reply, "I saw a signwriter at work today and n...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: And
Replies: 3
Views: 5376

Re: And

No, the light should be working 'appily by now.

Happy 'Appy New Year's Eve, Bob.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Watch P's and Q's
Replies: 6
Views: 6862

Re: Watch P's and Q's

I thought it was from a 'Two Ronnies' sketch.