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User Name: Eoin Riedy
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Topic: looking for the right verb
Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:32:02 AM

1. kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage or part of.
"the project would decimate the fragile wetland wilderness"
2. (historical) kill one in every ten of (a group of soldiers or others) as a punishment for the whole group.
Topic: I'd like to know more and more christmas vocabulary
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:45:34 AM
I can't find the link to the site you refer to, so I don't know where to begin to fill in.

Religious vocabulary would include:

Sun of Righteousness
Wise Men
Prince of Peace
Ox and ass
Dayspring from on high
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
Word became flesh
Eternal Word
David's Seed
Root of Jesse
Only-begotten Son
Swaddling clothes
Glory to God in the highest
People of good will

Topic: sitting US President
Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 11:34:20 PM
RuthP wrote:
There are words in almost every Indoeuropean language, that have a root in sit, that refer to meetings of people governing. They govern everything from modern states to tribes to clans. So "sitting president" is one who is in office, i.e. "sitting" as a part of government.

Moreover, before you can "sit" as an official, you often have to "stand" for the position.
Topic: Where is that good-for-nothing son of yours?
Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:27:18 AM
Your question made me think of a World War I song from a hundred years ago about a girl who grew being called "good-for-nothing":

"The Little Good For Nothing's Good For Something After All"
Topic: Swing shut?
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 6:28:11 PM
Palinkasocsi wrote:
Dear Friends,

Could anyone please check this for vocabulary:

Kate and Patrik arrive at the door at the same time. Patrik is carrying a box. They are heading in the same direction. Eszter reaches the door a bit earlier. She passes through it, and instead of holding it until Patrik gets there, she swing shuts it in Patrik’s face. As a reaction Patrik says:

Patrik: Thanks.

1. Is 'pass through the door' okay here? OR Is 'walk through' better? 'Pass through' may imply the presence of a ghost.
2. What about 'swing shut'? OR 'lets the door shut in his face'?

Thank you!


It makes me think of a sequence in a comedy album, The First Family, that parodies Jaqueline Kenndey's tour of the White House.

"If your cameras will just move though these oak panel doors over here on our left we will begin..."

[loud crashing noises drown out the monologue]

"...which was named after our thirty-fifth president. I can't help but wish your cameramen had opened the doors before they moved their heavy cameras through them."

Vaughn Meader, The First Family, 1962
Topic: to broil
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:45:43 PM
Hope123 wrote:
Here in the Commonwealth :) broil means using direct radiant heat.

But we usually reserve that term for using the top element of an oven to broil a steak.

My electric oven has a knob with two settings: Bake, which turns on the bottom heating element, and Broil, which turns on the top heating element.
My previous gas stoves had one heating element and two compartments - the oven, an enclosure above the flame; and a broiler, a drawer with a drip pan directly below and open to the flame.

Lots of foods can be broiled - steak, fish, and garlic toast come to mind.

The key element is that broiled food is placed directly below the open heating source. Broiling is upside-down barbecuing.

leonAzul wrote:

The discussion of what constitutes real BBQ could easily result in a fractious polemic!

So true.
Topic: Is "behaviours" acceptable?
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 11:58:34 PM
It's the plural of behavior (behaviour).

unacceptable social behaviors

Doctors are trying to educate people about behaviors that can put them at increased risk for skin cancer.

In this in-the-round show from The Holding Project, eight women perform a dance inspired by the migratory behaviors of the bird from which the event draws its name.

Behaviors can be either innate or learned.

Positive behaviors help promote health and prevent disease, while the opposite is true for risk behaviors.

Sex, with its myths, confronts us with the complexity of our behaviors and our beliefs.
Topic: Blast from the Past: Olly Olly Oxen Free
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:37:20 PM
Perry Cuomo? Any relation to Mario Como?

On a political note, the phrase was punned in song in reference to Oliver North by The Foremen as "Ollie, Ollie Out Scott Free".
Topic: loud and loudly
Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 9:49:08 AM
towan52 wrote:
It is my sincere belief that, about halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of the Mayflower jettisoned most adverbs into the sea. On the eastern side of the midpoint, they sank slowly. To to west, however, they sank slow.

It happened before that on the Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed.
Topic: Lion Pride vs Buffalo - Who Will Win?
Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:13:19 PM
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