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by BonnieL
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Piece of fabric
Replies: 4
Views: 3598

Re: Piece of fabric

I have a couple of blouses with that kind of sleeve & I didn't know what it's called. Looked up on some sewing sites & found out it's called a Swiss tab, roll up tab, or just sleeve tab. Take your pick. :)
by BonnieL
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 4
Views: 6574

Re: Hyper/Hypo

I looked it up & there isn't much on it - I think it might have morphed into "hyped" too quickly to make much of an impact. And you're right - it does seem to go either way in the examples I found.
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 5
Views: 3611

Re: In a jiffy

#2 doesn't sound right to me. But I'm afraid I can't explain why! I know what you mean. My thinking is that "a jiffy" is a time taken by a (human) agency as a description of the time it will take, or has taken, to achieve. Traffic jams clearing, grass growing, clouds appearing happen on their own. ...
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 5
Views: 3611

Re: In a jiffy

#2 doesn't sound right to me. But I'm afraid I can't explain why!
by BonnieL
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: below vs. under?
Replies: 1
Views: 2527

Re: below vs. under?

When something is under something else, it is also below it, but the converse doesn't work. Is that correct? Not necessarily. I still remember reading a news article that described Ted Kennedy (at a party) as wearing nothing "under" his shirt. That confused me (since when is not wearing an undershi...
by BonnieL
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 4
Views: 5688

Re: pitted/pittered out?

He was probably going for "petered" out. Perhaps he had misheard the word? But then, there is also "sputtered" out, like a candle.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
by BonnieL
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't bother
Replies: 4
Views: 3379

Re: Don't bother

#1 should be "doesn't," not "don't." Otherwise both are OK, but do you mean a difference in ages? Or that people very old or young can fall in love?
by BonnieL
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 4913

Re: Swings

We have a bench swing that is 2 benches facing each other. Is there a special name for that?
by BonnieL
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 4913

Re: Swings

I'd call the one in the bottom picture a baby swing, but there may be another name for it that I'm not aware of.
by BonnieL
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Assist a woman give birth
Replies: 3
Views: 3187

Re: Assist a woman give birth

Both doulas and midwives are trained. As far as I know, there is no word for an untrained person, such as husband, boyfriend, taxi driver, or passerby, who assists a woman giving birth.

I know an excellent midwife if you're in need of one. :D
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cow and Ox
Replies: 2
Views: 2818

Re: Cow and Ox

That would be a calf. They are called calves from birth to weaning, or up to about a year old. A female calf is also called a heifer.
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 8
Views: 13611

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

It's nice how books can come back home. Many (many!) years ago I picked up a copy of "Of Space and Time and Other Things" thinking it was science fiction. Once I realized it was science, I decided to read it anyway - I was in love with it by the end of the first page. Over the years the book went mi...
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Outdoor area
Replies: 4
Views: 3180

Re: Outdoor area

Or just deck.
by BonnieL
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Incense
Replies: 3
Views: 2973

Re: Incense

I've never seen one like that. How well do they work?
by BonnieL
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 34699

Re: blind men on galloping horses

It's in French! But they put pictures with the ingredients so I should be able to figure it out. Thank you!