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Topic: "for a long time", "very long" and tense
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:53:45 AM
You could say:

They slept for a long time and, when they awoke, they saw...

Or:

They slept for a very long time and, when they awoke, they saw...

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: On the wheel of
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:24:17 PM
lazarius wrote:
towan52 wrote:
... a potential index of ideas, successful or failed, tried, untried or broken by implementation.

Here's the original:

https://books.google.com/books?id=-uRyplgRlqkC&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq=tried

Quote:
This book is written in the conviction that the left Modernisms of the 20th century continue to be useful: a potential index of ideas, successful or failed, tried, untried or broken on the wheel of the market or the state.

And being broken by implementation is something totally different to the import of the original text.

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You're entirely entitled to your opinion.

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: On the wheel of
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:17:41 AM
alibey1917 wrote:
"Such [social housing] projects, he argued, ‘continue to be useful: a potential index of ideas, successful or failed, tired, untried or broken on the wheel of the market or the state."

What does "on the wheel" mean in this context?

The source: Stephen Graham's Vertical


It's what I tend to refer to as "Corporate Crapspeak". The use of abstruse terms to convey a straightforward idea (hoping to impress readers with your perspicacity):

"... a potential index of ideas, successful or failed, tried, untried or broken by implementation."


“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: Is it usable to say?
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:05:57 PM
If you think that I will abandon you, let's tie our necks together, never to part at all. So they tied their necks together with a cord and moved on.

It's now grammatically correct - but it's still nonsense!

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: Is it usable to say?
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:57:40 PM
Only if you want people to look at you and say, "Duuuhh" d'oh!

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: a well-used ballpoint pen
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:34:18 AM
It's goin' 'ome, innit!

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: Are quotation marks necessary?
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:31:14 AM
I don't believe so.

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: Happy Birthday America! "Home of the FREE Because of the BRAVE"
Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:51:30 AM
Silenced Silenced Silenced If Only the helicopter carrying the president to the Gettysburg Address in 1863 had crashed - we probably wouldn't be having these issues now. Whistle

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: Happy Birthday America! "Home of the FREE Because of the BRAVE"
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2019 10:33:22 AM
Yep, there's no doubt that history was rewritten this year.

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Topic: Ethically
Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:56:29 AM
It depends on the context. It often means clothes that are manufactured NOT using child-labour or made in unsafe factories (sweatshops). The country of Bangladesh often attracts criticism for these practices. Not sure about vintage clothes - unless you're referring to my wardrobe Whistle

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Samuel Langhorne Clemens

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