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Topic: (Expression) Please stop talking so much!
Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:09:32 PM
coag wrote:
It's payback time. Enjoy 26.7C in SoCal.

It seems that Americans will "never" accept 28.7c. Are you kidding?

For example, everyone is so accustomed to "inches" and "pounds" that the American government is having a terrible time trying to get Americans to use the metric system, which -- everyone seems to agree -- makes more sense. When it comes to language, people can be very stubborn.

Have a great new month starting in just a few hours!

Topic: Does the word "AS" puzzle you, too?
Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:24:34 AM

Dear Fellow Learners:

If the answer is "No," then don't waste your time reading this post. Have a great Sunday.


"As" is my second favorite English word.

All grammar books agree that "as" is a little troublemaker. That is to say, it is used in so many ways that even the experts disagree on what part of speech it is in certain sentences.

1. "I like my manager's policies, as exemplified by his paying high salaries."

a. For two days, I have been trying to understand the use of "as" in that sentence.

2. I think (repeat: think) that I have found the answer.

3. I have concluded that sentence No. 1 is a shorter way to say: "I like my manager's policies, as are exemplified by his paying high salaries."

4. I have concluded that "as" in that sentence is being used as a relative pronoun.

a. In other words, the "as" has the meaning of "which."

i. "I like my manager's policies, which are exemplified by his paying high salaries."

5. I have concluded that "as are exemplified by his paying high salaries" is a non-defining adjective/relative clause, which modifies the word "policies."


IF (repeat: IF) I am correct, I give 100% credit to Dr. George O. Curme's 1931 masterpiece A Grammar of the English Language, Vol. II, pages 226 -227.

IF I am wrong, I accept 100% of the blame.

Have a nice day and a great new work week!

Topic: (Expression) Please stop talking so much!
Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:14:21 AM

Can't you believe I still have to have a radiator on in evenings.

It gets chilly in the evenings even here in sunny SoCal (Southern California).

Tomorrow's daytime temperature, however, is expected to be around 80 degrees.

The temperature in SoCal is just about perfect all year round.

(The only worry: a possible BIG earthquake in the "future.")

Topic: (Expression) Please stop talking so much!
Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 8:32:53 AM

Thanks, Frosty, for your kind comments.

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is already May.

Topic: (Expression) Please stop talking so much!
Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 1:29:46 PM

Great example, Coag.


Monday starts another month.

As they say in Latin, Tempus Fugit.
Topic: (Expression) Please stop talking so much!
Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:36:42 AM

Raul: Will you marry me?

Mona: Oh my!

Raul: Well, will you?

Mona: All my girlfriends tell me how lucky I am that you are my boyfriend.

Raul: Thank you. But will you ...

Mona: You know Betty, don't you?

Raul: Yes.

Mona: She is always joking that she is going to take you away from me.

Raul: I see. Anyway, will you ...

Mona: My parents think you are the greatest.

Raul: Thank you again, but I want to know whether you will ...

Mona: By the way, my parents admire you so much that they want you to speak to my brother.

Raul: Is he having a problem?

Mona: He's thinking about leaving the university before graduating. My parents want you to talk with him.

Raul: Darling, I'm so glad to hear about your girlfriends, your parents, and your brother. But could you please cut to the chase: WILL YOU MARRY ME?

Mona: No.


Dear Fellow (Advanced) Learners:

"Cut to the chase" is an American expression that also means "come/get to the point." That is, stop all the unnecessary words and tell me the important point.

Supposedly, this expression started in motion pictures.

Directors knew that audiences wanted to see exciting scenes, such as a good guy chasing a bad guy. The directors knew that audiences were bored by a lot of talk, talk, talk. So "cut to the chase" meant: quickly show the exciting scenes.

Have a nice weekend!

Topic: My ANECDOTE of the day
Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:05:30 AM
No. 15

When General John J. Pershing and American troops arrived in Europe during World War I, the powers-that-be decided to give this code name to General Pershing's headquarters: MASTERBASE.

The powers-that-be quickly changed that code name!

Source: Mark M. Lowenthal in William Safire's Let a Simile Be Your Umbrella (2001), page 214.
Topic: Two verbs that confuse native speakers, too
Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 6:57:42 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
you mean, not the ones in "that other forum" . . .? Anxious

I dare not reply to your question, for I do not trust myself.

Have a great weekend!
Topic: Should I learn this word? (Advanced learners)
Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 6:54:57 AM
Sarrriesfan wrote:

Did you know that Big Ben is the name of one of the bells in the clock tower not the clock tower itself?


Thanks for that information.

Have a nice weekend!
Topic: Should I learn this word? (Advanced learners)
Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 6:07:57 PM
coag wrote:

a small statue of a person or an animal used as a decorative object

What a coincidence, Coag,

After I had answered you, I was checking local TV shows.

I noticed that one channel had a show entitled "Antiques Roadshow."

Guess what "antique" would be shown to the viewers: a ceramic model of London Zoo's first elephant.

I do NOT know whether that counts as a "tchotchke." (The notice did not tell us the size of the model. If it is the actual size of an elephant, then it might not be a tchotchke. It is displayed in Belton House in Lincolnshire.)

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