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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fun at the farm
Replies: 0
Views: 1186

Fun at the farm

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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Good for the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Re: Good for the soul

For that to happen to me, I'd have to belong to it in the first place. Another prerequisite would be that the Labour Party would need to have an identifiable policy programme that amounts to something more substantial than being the "We're not the party of Boris" party. It seems to be having some tr...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Out of the firing pan
Replies: 1
Views: 1004

Out of the firing pan

It's 1937 in Soviet Russia, the height of the Great Purge. In one of the gulags, a firing squad is about to execute the first political prisoner of the day. The officer shouts “Ready… Aim…”, and is about to give the order "Fire!" when the prisoner yells out, “Fuck Stalin!” Everything stops. The capt...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shadow puppets
Replies: 4
Views: 1483

Re: Shadow puppets

When my two brothers and I were quite small we shared a bedroom. I do remember us entertaining each other by creating shadow animals on the walls. We did this by contorting our hands into various configurations next to one of the bedside lamps.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Good for the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Good for the soul

It was a busy day at the cathedral. But the priest was summoned away for an emergency. He wondered, “What to do? What to do? I can’t leave the confessional untended!” Then came an idea. “I’ll see if the Rabbi can fill in while I’m out.” He hurried across the street to the schul and presented the ide...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 1879

Re: in their hands

The problem of unambiguously describing multiple students, each of whom is holding a single flower with one hand, cannot be resolved if you insist on starting your statement with "The students had a flower..." You have to say either "Each student had a flower..." or "The students each had a flower.....
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Regret
Replies: 5
Views: 1726

Re: Regret

That reminds me of this saying, which I suspect dates from some time in the 1970s:

A woman's faults are many, but men have only two:
Everything they say, and everything they do
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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coming through
Replies: 4
Views: 1579

Re: Coming through

I would say either "Coming through!" or "Mind your backs!“ Both of those are the most usual ways of alerting people in this kind of situation, at least in my neck of the woods. The other possibilities you mentioned are acceptable, but I find them a bit too unspecific and uninformative for this purpo...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buss vs kiss
Replies: 4
Views: 1512

Re: buss vs kiss

So, I am now interpreting the usage in the original quote Yond towers, whose wanton tops do buss the clouds, Must kiss their own feet . - Buss: to mean the towers weave around and in the clouds in a changing embrace. - Kiss: a simple peck on the footings, no passion there. I took this to be an asse...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 05, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: One step ahead
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Re: One step ahead

I love a satisfied reader. 😛
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 05, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I don't know
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Re: I don't know

They could be, but they both convey a slightly dismissive tone which makes them more equivalent to “I don't know, and I don't care".
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: One step ahead
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

One step ahead

A man who has just died is delivered to the mortuary wearing an expensive and expertly tailored black suit. The mortician comments to the widow that her late husband already looks good in his black suit, but asks her to confirm that this is indeed how she wants the body to be dressed. The widow repl...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: No time like the precedent
Replies: 0
Views: 1142

No time like the precedent

A woman takes her 16-year-old daughter to the doctor. “Well, Mrs Jones, what seems to be the problem?” The mother says, “It’s my daughter, Debbie. She keeps getting these cravings, she’s putting on weight, and she's sick most mornings.” The doctor examines Debbie thoroughly. He turns to the mother a...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flat tire / a puncture
Replies: 4
Views: 1676

Re: Flat tire / a puncture

And some cars have a skinny "space-saver" spare wheel which is intended as a stopgap that will enable you to drive to a place where your original tyre can be replaced or repaired.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: throughout her life
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Re: throughout her life

You could double-front like this:

For the {rest / remainder} of her life {after / following} her father's death, she studied dead languages
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