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Topic: The quartz spear
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:50:56 PM
I would interpret 'quartz spear' to really mean a quartz spearhead, or an entire spear with such a spearhead. It would be impractical to carve an entire spear (including its shaft) out of quartz, not only due to the extensive carving and much larger piece of quartz required, but because such a shaft would likely break easily.
Topic: was or were?
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:42:36 PM
'Billions of dollars' is plural, so were is correct. Some singular ways of phrasing it would include 'A fortune was looted...' or 'A huge sum of money was looted...' or '$2.7 billion was looted...' (if the figure were known).
Topic: You might as well disappear
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 3:23:46 PM
I agree with thar, that in this context, it is expressing that the colleagues at this workplace do not socialise or know one another outside of work- they might as well have vanished to one another once they have left the workplace.
Topic: Saint Patrick´s day
Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:47:55 AM
Saints' days are almost always based on their date of death, which in some cases is only known through tradition. Many early saints were martyred, so their death was a big part of what made them considered to be a saint, although that was not Patrick's case. 'Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.' https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=89
Topic: Blood relative of Harry's.
Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021 11:54:32 AM
The same thought can be expressed many ways, mostly with the very same meaning. There is the small nuance of possession (the apostrophe) between not being a blood relative of Harry's and not being a blood relative of Harry. The basic meaning still the same: she and Harry are not related by blood.

Other equivalent ways of phrasing this include:

She is not Harry's blood relative.
Harry is not a blood relative of hers.
Harry is not a blood relative of her.
Harry is not her blood relative.
She and Harry are not related by blood.
There is no blood relation between her and Harry.
She and Harry are not blood relations.
Harry and her are not blood relatives.

...and many more, including the ways you rephrased it.
Topic: Shovel a pass
Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021 3:12:06 AM
I have heard this description of shovelling a pass used in the context of several sports, including hockey, American/Canadian football, and soccer (as in this case, apparently). The exact motion would vary according to the sport, but as others have described, it means a less elegant pushing motion is used than would be typical of a 'perfect' pass.
Topic: use these knee pads for skating on ice?
Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 9:10:26 PM
tautophile wrote:
Many ice skaters, especially ice-hockey players, wear knee pads to protect their knees when they're on the ice, 'cos ice is hard, and if you fall on it, you can hurt your knees badly. Ice skaters who are performing figure-skating or ice-dancing maneuvers don't often wear knee pads, but then, they're being very careful not to fall.


The main reason ice hockey players wear knee pads is for protection from the impact of a shot puck or a wayward stick (slash). Those hurt far worse than simply falling to the ice and bumping the knee.

A beginner to ice skating actually rarely falls on their knees. It is far more common for a beginner to fall backward, landing on their seat, or worse, also hitting their head on the ice. If one falls forward, the tendency will be to break the fall with one's hands and arms, long before the knees are involved.

Therefore, a helmet is a much more important piece of protective gear, with gloves also useful.
Topic: Yelling a name in written speech
Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2019 2:48:36 PM
Yelling or shouting is also signified by using all capital letters: MARTHA! If it is drawn out, the vowel sounds tend to be what get extended, along with a few others like "r": MAAAAARRRRRTHAAAA!
Topic: The
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:48:07 PM
Also, "the middle of the way" is not a common way of phrasing this. My car stopped halfway, so I had to walk the rest of the way to university.
Topic: A Long but Fascinating Story of How the Koch Brothers Made Their Huge Fortunes - FYI
Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 11:09:50 PM
The Kochs were behind TrueNorth Energy, which did get an oil sands mine (Fort Hills) approved in the early 2000s, but they did not proceed with it, saying they needed another major partner. A business analyst observed some months later that "no one wants to get in bed with these guys." Over a year later they sold the multi-billion dollar project to their minor partner for a little over $30 million, just recovering their costs up to that point. That new owner was almost immediately able to sell large shares to Teck and Petro-Canada for $500 million each, and the now Suncor-led Fort Hills project began production last year. The Kochs have dabbled in in-situ oil sands projects as well, but nothing significant.

So, I have heard bad things about them, but their fortune did not come from the Alberta oil sands.