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by BonnieL
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cakewalk
Replies: 5
Views: 3663

Re: Cakewalk

Thanks, Bob, for the link. In the 60s a cake walk was just the simple game that Trolley described. I was an adult before I found out it's origins & this is the first time I've seen it.
by BonnieL
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bugger
Replies: 10
Views: 5349

Re: Bugger

Those of us who are Terry Pratchett fans got quite an education in the use of "bugger." I don't use the word, but an aunt named her funny little dog Bugger. For her, it was a term of endearment.
by BonnieL
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A few shades
Replies: 5
Views: 3737

Re: A few shades

Bobinwales wrote: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:12 pm As expected
And as hoped for - at least in this American family! :D
by BonnieL
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A few shades
Replies: 5
Views: 3737

Re: A few shades

Too white.
by BonnieL
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Miles
Replies: 3
Views: 3665

Re: Miles

I don't fly, but I think that's bonus miles - a credit for free travel.
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cover it with a laugh
Replies: 3
Views: 3466

Re: Cover it with a laugh

Is that Ed Sullivan? Can't help with "on the low" except to guess, & I might guess wrong. But the 2nd part I know. When someone makes a racist or other insulting remark & you get angry, he will often laugh & say something like, "I'm joking!", or worse, "Can't you take a joke?" I hate those people. :...
by BonnieL
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Linger
Replies: 3
Views: 3720

Re: Linger

Linger sounds romantic - are you proposing? :D
by BonnieL
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food
Replies: 4
Views: 4062

Re: Food

I like the phrase "gone south" - said especially of food that's been in the fridge long enough to turn into a science experiment.
by BonnieL
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Make no bones about it
Replies: 1
Views: 2990

Make no bones about it

I used this expression last night & immediately wondered: where the heck did that come from? I did a search & the best 2 sites that came up were https://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bon1.htm and https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2007/03/make-no-bones-about-it.html. I'm going with the "lost in the m...
by BonnieL
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A hustle
Replies: 6
Views: 5223

Re: A hustle

Hustle usually means to hurry up. It can also mean a job. "Side hustle," meaning a 2nd job of some sort, is pretty common here.
by BonnieL
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A deceased fish
Replies: 6
Views: 4395

Re: A deceased fish

However, she is using a flyswatter -- an instrument of death -- to fake the fish's aliveness, a state that for some reason she had never photographed when the fish was actually alive. That's a small fish net, not a flyswatter. When we had goldfish - decades ago - we used the net for moving the fish...
by BonnieL
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A deceased fish
Replies: 6
Views: 4395

Re: A deceased fish

trolley wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:16 pm "Tbt" means "Throw Back Thursday" and is used when someone posts an old photo of themselves or an event that happened to them in the past (often from their childhood).
Thanks. I didn't know what it meant & Google told me it was Truth Be Told. Google lied. :shock:
by BonnieL
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Easy-peasy
Replies: 5
Views: 4058

Re: Easy-peasy

trolley wrote: Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:35 pm By the way, you'll often just hear the second part of that rhyme, by itself, to mean very easy.
"Just click on the file and drag it to the new folder...lemon squeezy"
I'm pretty old, but I've never heard "lemon squeezy" before! Is that British, or just something I missed over the years?
by BonnieL
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sense and Taste
Replies: 4
Views: 3210

Re: Sense and Taste

I avoid this kind of issue in my own life by dressing for comfort and utility most of the time. If other people don't like it, that's their problem except when I am in situations where a formal dress code is enforced or I am attending a formal event. That's what I do, tho my idea of "comfort and ut...
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Guacamole strategy
Replies: 2
Views: 3430

Re: Guacomole strategy

I, too, thought the term had been around a lot longer - the phenomena certainly has been! Perhaps there was a different phrase to describe the same thing?