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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dancing acrobatically
Replies: 1
Views: 1564

Re: dancing acrobatically

No. If that was what you meant, you would have to write something like "I very much enjoy [watching] acrobatic dancing", where the phrase "acrobatic dancing" refers unambiguously to the phenomenon of the dance rather than to performing it. Note that my version requires the inclusion of "watching" to...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Unusual clothes
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Re: Unusual clothes

Unusual, anachronistic or outlandish-looking outfits such as those frequently worn by people performing on a stage or film set are known generically as costumes.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 29, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: analphyxia
Replies: 2
Views: 2783

Re: analphyxia

I assent.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 29, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Car payment is due
Replies: 5
Views: 2643

Re: Car payment is due

Now that I'm viewing the image on my PC rather than on the Lilliputian screen of my phone, I can see you're right, Bonnie.

Onwards and upwards! :D
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 29, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Car payment is due
Replies: 5
Views: 2643

Re: Car payment is due

I notice that the hand holding the glass is also wearing a ring bearing an enormous green stone.

Looks like "Grandpa" might be good for a few more car payments.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 29, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ordered them to
Replies: 2
Views: 2416

Re: ordered them to

1) seems fine to me.

2) is not idiomatic English.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 27, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Go for
Replies: 6
Views: 2966

Re: Go for

I don't think Bob is going to be too happy about having to spend more time in the office.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 23, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Some mishtake, surely?
Replies: 0
Views: 1960

Some mishtake, surely?

A priest, a rabbit and a vicar walk into a bar.

The bartender asks the rabbit, "What will you have?"

"I don't know", the rabbit replies. "I'm only here because of autocorrect".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 23, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boats and leaves
Replies: 2
Views: 2325

Re: Boats and leaves

I would say "The boats {look like / resemble} leaves when {seen / viewed} from [high] above".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 21, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pew
Replies: 11
Views: 3638

Re: Pew

Bob, if you're using a PC you can download the Epic browser (www.epicbrowser.com), install the VPN, and set it to one of the North American locations. Then you should have no problem seeing the page.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 21, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authenticity
Replies: 3
Views: 2445

Re: Authenticity

It is another way of saying (approximately) "Don't compromise your integrity in order to gain the approval of others." A worthy enough objective, I suppose, but the exhortation's particular relevance to introverts escapes me. The meme's photo depicts a busking cello player who has established his pi...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 18, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pew
Replies: 11
Views: 3638

Re: Pew

A lot more reverence.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 17, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pew
Replies: 11
Views: 3638

Re: Pew

In my case, a lot more. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 15, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the roll call
Replies: 5
Views: 2616

Re: Do the roll call

Seven boys, huh? That sounds like quite the handful!

Kind of takes the edge off the admonishment when you have to run down a verbal drop-down list to identify the correct miscreant. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 12, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Break up
Replies: 2
Views: 2115

Re: Break up

"Breaking up" implies not a total loss of sound, but degradation or intermittency of the sound to such a degree that it has become difficult or impossible to understand what is being said. "I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up" implies to me that the sound has degraded to the point of being incompre...