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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mattress
Replies: 3
Views: 1428

Re: Mattress

I think that could be described as a tatami mattress, although it's not made from straw, which is one of the traditional materials used for making tatami mats.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Darn
Replies: 7
Views: 1982

Re: Darn

"Darn" (or its variant "darned") is very mild, and in many US contexts it would come across as a ruralism or as a somewhat old-fashioned intensifier. I think it's safe to use it with pretty much anyone. Nowadays, the intensifier "damn" (or "damned") would usually not be regarded as objectionable exc...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whose book's cover
Replies: 12
Views: 2711

Re: whose book's cover

Phil White wrote: Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:23 pm Sorry, I just realize that I missed a "who" out of my sample sentence. Here it is: who.
Thank you. It's a very nice-looking "who".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whose book's cover
Replies: 12
Views: 2711

Re: whose book's cover

Phil White wrote: Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:19 pm"The kid whose aunt knitted him the red pullover's dog bit his friend who gave him the bicycle's arm is confused."

Don't go there. We don't think like that.
In this context, "We" = "Probably everyone who didn't grow up speaking German".
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: That idea
Replies: 3
Views: 1443

Re: That idea

"What gives you that idea?" is typically a formulation used to express either vehemence or sarcasm/irony (for example, if the speaker was clutching a grab handle so tightly that their knuckles had gone white, revealing their level of fear). "What makes you think so?" is more neutral in terms of conv...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Tea Time
Replies: 6
Views: 2125

Re: Tea Time

Bobinwales wrote: Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:00 pm A bloke in the pub told me that his friend is a property developer, he absolutely refuses to use teabags.
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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: but we didn't know
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: but we didn't know

They are all passable in speech, but they are also pretty awkward-sounding and clumsily worded. I would replace your first pair, a) and b), with: Among the writers at the party was one who had written an unknown number of books. I would replace the second pair with: Among the writers at the party wa...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A blast
Replies: 2
Views: 2214

Re: A blast

To my mind, 2) sounds perfunctory -- it's a very socially conventional exhortation. 1) sounds much more as if the person speaking it really means it.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not letting
Replies: 3
Views: 2793

Re: not letting

trolley wrote: Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:21 am If you really want to be sure there is no misunderstanding...try "Get the fuck out of my way" :)
I like your Gordian knot-slashing style. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Why old men don't get hired
Replies: 1
Views: 2654

Why old men don't get hired

Interviewer: What would you say is your worst quality?

Old man: I’m too honest.

Interviewer: I hardly think that’s a bad quality.

Old man: I don’t give a fuck what you think!
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their own way
Replies: 1
Views: 2529

Re: in their own way

Only b) sounds natural to me, though it would not surprise me if I heard c).

a) is grammatically correct, but it makes the speaker sound long-winded and pedantic.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wrong side of the oven
Replies: 2
Views: 2548

Re: Wrong side of the oven

There's a common idiom, "to {wake up on / get out of} the wrong side of the bed", meaning "to be in a bad mood". Person D has just adapted it for the context of this discussion.

I can understand what they're getting at, but I don't think this latest twist on the idiom is likely to become widespread.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: NO!!
Replies: 0
Views: 2061

NO!!

An aerospace engineer explains the future airliner cockpit concept to an airline pilot: "So, the cockpit in our next-generation airliners will have a computer, a dog and one of you guys. The computer will fly the plane, and you'll monitor the computer." "And what's the dog for?" "Making sure you don...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Old news
Replies: 0
Views: 2740

Old news

I've just heard the BBC reporter Danny Vincent speaking of the "strong weakening of the activists" in the context of the opposition in Hong Kong to the efforts by the government of mainland China to tighten their control over the territory.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: hospital corners
Replies: 18
Views: 5827

Re: hospital corners

Enjoy your delusions, Phil. :lol: