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by tony h
Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A bottle of wine
Replies: 13
Views: 3704

Re: A bottle of wine

If they came for a meal, then it would depend on the meal. If someone brought a champagne and we were eating lobster, the bottle wouldn't be opened at the table. Mind you, if someone I don't like brings some rubbish and they have come for drinks, I'll make sure they get served their own wine. Otherw...
by tony h
Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 85
Views: 201353

Re: Good Quotes

I thought you might enjoy a piece from the Heavenly Trousers I amuse myself by putting a few spoonfuls of tea into the lotus flowers, just before they close at evening. And I carefully pick the tea out again next morning all scented with the perfume of the lotus. It seems a rather delightful thing ...
by tony h
Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fete
Replies: 1
Views: 2234

Fete

We are off to an aircraft museum at the weekend. They have a big fete with one of the attractions being food from all over the world. We will go early to the stall selling tajine, couscous and tahricht. The Berber queue is always the longest.
by tony h
Tue Aug 17, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we didn't know
Replies: 11
Views: 4766

Re: we didn't know

Her bank accounts were drained and she very nearly lost her home. An opportunity of pure chance prevented it.
by tony h
Tue Aug 17, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we didn't know
Replies: 11
Views: 4766

Re: we didn't know

Thank you all so much. Yes, I see what the problem is. The whole narrative seems to have a 'garden path' of sorts. I'd say each man stole from his own wife. That's the way guys do it, isn't it? Grammar doesn't tell us that, but our knowledge of the world (men?) does! I am joking... Many thanks. I a...
by tony h
Mon Aug 16, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we didn't know
Replies: 11
Views: 4766

Re: we didn't know

Some excellent advice, especially from Phil. One aspect I find confusing in both the originals is: had "the other two" stolen from the third person's wife? Or had they all stolen from their own wives?
by tony h
Wed Aug 11, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fronting
Replies: 4
Views: 3263

Re: fronting

Personally I wouldn't use any of them. I struggled to understand what the sentences were trying to say. And then, I gave up.
by tony h
Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Distemper
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

Re: Distemper

The British used to paint everything in the Empire white, buildings, hospitals, road markers etc. It made it look clean and neat and was easy to apply and covered up everything.. It also gave people something to do to save them going doolali tap. The paint that was used was distemper. Cheap and safe...
by tony h
Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Distemper
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

Re: Distemper

"The walls were cream distempered, and the paint was grey." We used distemper for "whitewashing" our outbuildings, It needed redoing every few years. It was easy to transport as it came as a powder "just add water" it said on the packet. It was used especially used for concrete as it could be appli...
by tony h
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Chapter
Replies: 8
Views: 6225

Re: Chapter

Glad to help.
by tony h
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Chapter
Replies: 8
Views: 6225

Re: Chapter

from the OED a. A duly constituted general meeting or assembly of the canons of a collegiate or cathedral church, of the members of any monastic or religious order, or of an order of knights, for consultation and transaction of the affairs of their order. [‘From the last-mentioned usage (the capitul...
by tony h
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Declare
Replies: 4
Views: 3634

Re: Declare

trolley wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:22 pm That product or product line is "discontinued", known in the business as "discoing"
"I think we have to disco that mutton-flavoured ice cream."
Discoing, in that sense, is a new one on me.
by tony h
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What a sin!
Replies: 11
Views: 6037

Re: What a sin!

Because "the Natural Order" is given by God, breaking the natural order is breaking God's laws and so is sin. It seems to me that there are two definitions of the word "sin" in play in this discussion. One is the narrower religious meaning; the other is embodied in the looser colloquial usage of th...
by tony h
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What a sin!
Replies: 11
Views: 6037

Re: What a sin!

I thought there had to be a religious connotation...going against God's wishes. I hadn't considered sin to include transgressions against "natural order" or "the way things should be". Because "the Natural Order" is given by God, breaking the natural order is breaking God's laws and so is sin. Now ...
by tony h
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Perceptive Question
Replies: 1
Views: 2315

Re: A Perceptive Question

It reminds me of an incident I recall whilst visiting my grandfather at his newsprint works. (You should see where this is going before I get to the end) My grandfather was in a frustrated mood as problems with the presses meant the local rag was already late for delivery. His phone rang and the cal...