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by Edwin Ashworth
Tue May 29, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: electric jet engine
Replies: 8
Views: 4003

electric jet engine

I remember reading that Southern California's Leading Administrator announced that he had had one of his 16-wheel-drive fleet converted to hydrogen power in a bid to suggest a reduction in carbon footprint. I remember that there is "heat leakage" whenever energy is converted from one form to another...
by Edwin Ashworth
Tue May 29, 2007 10:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

A good lock can be advantageous . . .
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 28, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

The rumoured BMW 3-Series toupé is probably a figment of Mop Top Gear's imagination.
by Edwin Ashworth
Sun May 27, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Maxwell's Mask , etc., by M J Trow
Replies: 0
Views: 4577

Maxwell's Mask , etc., by M J Trow

This is a series of Crime novels by an author who moonlights as a teacher. "Mad Max", one of the main characters, an amateur sleuth who also moonlights as a history teacher, is delightfully humorous, wacky though efficient, and cynical. His cat is the only character who can outmanoeuvre him. The plo...
by Edwin Ashworth
Sun May 27, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

Ah yes (,) Shelley, I had forgotten that they drive backwards on the Continent. This is probably because of the difficulty of seeing forwards through a Beetle haircut.
by Edwin Ashworth
Sat May 26, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

Very interesting ... but ... I thought that the Germans invented the separable verb so that they could fit it into the back of a VW Beetle.
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 21, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: messages
Replies: 15
Views: 4873

messages

Those Indian Call Centres don't always get it right.
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 21, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 18839

Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?

There are also 531 Ghits implying that I can half-bake a decision. But only 4 that I can half-cook one. Food for thought.
Making a train and taking a train are certainly different in meaning, as Mssrs George Stephenson and Butch Cassidy would perhaps testify - one was taking trouble...
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 21, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: messages
Replies: 15
Views: 4873

messages

You are not White Bear?
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 21, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: messages
Replies: 15
Views: 4873

messages

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we...
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 21, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

I suppose scrumdiddlyumptious qualifies, but supercali...doesn't measure up. Chim-chimeny spelt the way it's sung also fails to make the grade.
That's a sweeping statement if you like.
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon May 21, 2007 12:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 18839

Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?

Jim - made a decision gives c 180 000 000 Ghits ( though Google implies the indefinite article is not very significant) took a decision gives c 54 500 000 Ghits only - the ratio is thus c 3.3 : 1 make a decision gives c 244 000 000 Ghits take a decision gives c 180 000 000 Ghits - the ratio here is ...
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri May 18, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: reception wording and hyphens
Replies: 25
Views: 8371

reception wording and hyphens

After the party of the party of the second part, you'll believe in Sanity Clause.
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri May 18, 2007 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 18839

Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?

Sorry, gdwdwrkr (have you a more familiar name?) - I keyed in made a decision & the other 3 expressions, and of course got relevant hits like (guessing) They made the decision to... and doubtless irrelevant ones such as (guessing) The choice was made - a decision to...
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri May 18, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma with vocative
Replies: 24
Views: 8282

comma with vocative

Dolly will always demand a comma on being greeted. Starshine, never. Young lovers, sometimes.