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by tony h
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bread
Replies: 3
Views: 903

Re: Bread

From my imperfect observation. I would say it is: 1) a lattice - that is the way the strands of dough are folded 2)leavened - which is the addition of a rising agent (usually yeast) to produce gas which makes the bread rise and makes the texture more open (usually softer) 3) made from wheat - from t...
by tony h
Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: Sink, line and hooker

Well done Erik. I do feel conflicted on so many excellent posts, and responses, that the only way of appreciation is through a reply. Making a reply seems overly weighty, for a number of perceptions, whereas the internet standard of a number of images-of-appreciation, you will understand from that t...
by tony h
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men
Replies: 1
Views: 681

Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men

History often questions whether we would be up to the challenges our forefather had. Also I just wonder if the highlighted part in red might be the origin of Geordie. I know the official etymology if from King George but a Geordie lass I knew was convinced otherwise :) From the OED yard, n.2 Forms: ...
by tony h
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: almost all
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Re: almost all

There is an ambiguity in all, some more so than others. I suspect the context would have made it clear eg the question to which this is a response. However, without making the response over long changing the various forms of "almost all" to "most" seems to work better. 1) I can eat almost all the fr...
by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Hold liquor
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: Hold liquor

The polite thing to do is to drink safely within your limits.
by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Indenture
Replies: 0
Views: 1002

Indenture

I have known, for a good half century, that an Indenture was a sort of contract. And that Indenture could cover "employment", property purchase, investment. In fact pretty much anything. It has also occurred that indenture sounds a bit like all sorts of other words. And that Indentures are often qui...
by tony h
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crummy
Replies: 3
Views: 1213

Re: Crummy

It also depends on whether this a permanent or temporary thing. I am not given to the colourful epithets of others but here are some words. Our internet is flaky - a problem that is often the case at any time of day. It waxes and wanes in relatively short periods. The internet is flaky - a temporary...
by tony h
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their hands
Replies: 4
Views: 1994

Re: in their hands

Thank you so much Erik and my apologies if my questions are irritating. ... misunderstand a written text can cause problems, especially if you are translating it Many thanks. They do come across as irritating but probably because you write so well. What puzzles me is how you come up with these appa...
by tony h
Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 2477

Re: Flying kites

Phil White wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:11 pm When I was in my late teens, there was a craze in the UK for flying Peter Powells
I missed out but no longer! Just ordered one from www.peterpowellkites.com. This order is a classic of hope over experience.
by tony h
Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shadow puppets
Replies: 4
Views: 1579

Re: Shadow puppets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x9cq_EPM9s This takes it to a whole new level. Trolley, you reminded of a shadow theatre group we saw some years ago. We went having both seen th Black Theatre of Prague in our youth. This is from when they were on Britain's Got Talent so it has the unnecessary hype...
by tony h
Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 2477

Re: Flying kites

This being wordwizard I have to mention this. You will never find a problem with these differences in everyday situations, only when talking to specialized craftsmen. Your friends who used rice to stick things used "paste", "glue" is made from rendered animal parts typically bone, "adhesive" covers ...
by tony h
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: asked them to stop
Replies: 2
Views: 1447

Re: asked them to stop

They are not natural. Try : It is an industrial cleaner. The manufacturers have asked the public to stop using it at home. Produce/producers tend to be used with crops, not manufactured items. However this statement is capable of clarification as I am well aware that, inter alia, theatre shows and n...
by tony h
Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Flying kites
Replies: 9
Views: 2477

Re: Flying kites

It goes in and out of fashion. Stephen, what sort of kites do you fly?
by tony h
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mugs
Replies: 2
Views: 1461

Re: Mugs

A mug can be made from any material. It tends to be larger than a cup and without a saucer. Common sizes are ½pint for a mug,⅓ pint for a cup. Both are used as a dry measure although the use of mug in this way appears rare.
by tony h
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: pin money
Replies: 0
Views: 1087

pin money

This might be better under Usage and Writing. "They were paid in pin money", I said. There was an absence of understanding on the young people's faces. "What do you think is meant by pin money?" There was a bit of demurring. Then the one chosen for the sacrifice puts forward the collective view, "mo...