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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: boulter
Replies: 4
Views: 2043

Re: boulter

I've only seen the word (bolt/bolting/bolted) without the 'u'. The 'u' spelling would be the British one, right? Only as an archaism. Nowadays "bolt" is the standard British English spelling. The online Merriam-Webster does not list the flour-sieving connection under ”boulter" (though Collins does)...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at any price
Replies: 1
Views: 1751

Re: at any price

I think this speaker's problems extend far beyond questions of rhetorical emphasis. Any normal recipient of their message would immediately want them to explain how they could cause the death of other people by continuing to live. They would also want to know how the speaker's death could possibly i...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hold out
Replies: 2
Views: 1991

Re: Hold out

Yes.

Or, with a slight variation in wording:

"Dave does not know how much longer he can hold out, given his current financial hardship."

The "current" is arguably superfluous.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Zodiac
Replies: 7
Views: 3960

Re: Zodiac

From this it is absolutely clear that the unit of a Zodiac , comprising Aries, Taurus etc) would only make sense if it was a year. Where I presume your 12 year usage comes from is what I know as the Chinese Zodiac which is a 12 year cycle named by animals Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Hors...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever
Replies: 2
Views: 2444

Re: whoever

3) and 4) are both incorrect. I can't think of a situation where you could use a naked "who" as the grammatical subject of a subject clause. (But " Those who ..." is possible: "Those who wrote the gospels were capable of speaking and writing Greek.“ This is because the "those who" combination invoke...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Worth living in
Replies: 4
Views: 2975

Re: Worth living in

Of course, the extent to which any country deserves the description "great" is questionable.

When you have to define exactly what that term means, such claims are liable to fall apart once the historical details and current realities pertaining to any given country are scrutinised and evaluated.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Worth living in
Replies: 4
Views: 2975

Re: Worth living in

Yes.

Even more idiomatic than "beyond a doubt" are the variants "beyond doubt" and "beyond any doubt".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 26, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I might be dead
Replies: 7
Views: 3870

Re: I might be dead

3) and 4) are syntactically correct, but not something a native speaker would say.

1) is the better of the two remaining sentences, though it would be more idiomatic if you substituted “by now" for just "now":

If he hadn't helped me, I might be dead by now.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: behind which
Replies: 1
Views: 2992

Re: behind which

They all make syntactic sense, but only a) and c) sound ‘normal'. The other two sound stilted and pedantic.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In vino veritas
Replies: 0
Views: 3229

In vino veritas

An old woman is sitting on the porch with her husband, sipping a glass of wine. "I love you so much," she says. "In fact, I doubt I could live without you. I don't want to even try to get through a single day without you." The husband is almost speechless. "Is that you talking, or the wine?" he asks...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 23, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A change of name
Replies: 6
Views: 3860

Re: A change of name

Thank you, Bob.

The internet (and all of us) is/are enriched by the existence of ingenious and outrageous puns like the ones on your page. 😛
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: You read my mind
Replies: 2
Views: 3567

Re: You read my mind

Debatable. "You could read me like a book" suggests a more comprehensive ability to mind-read the speaker than "You read my mind". In the context of merely guessing that the other person would like a cup of coffee, such an assertion seems excessive. On the other hand, it might be accurate if the ind...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 22, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A change of name
Replies: 6
Views: 3860

Re: A change of name

I do now. 😁
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 21, 2021 1:58 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A change of name
Replies: 6
Views: 3860

Re: A change of name

A bloke down the pub told me he regularly "lets the cat out of the bag" -- his term for farting.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 19, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Make concessions
Replies: 3
Views: 3300

Re: Make concessions

Agreed. "{Relinquish / let go of / set aside} their egos" would be better.