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User Name: Mnemon
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Topic: open to it getting serious
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2021 9:46:46 AM
Hello there,

I maybe go on some dates that can lead to a relationship; basically I'm after some casual situation but open to it getting serious.

Does the part in bold sound idiomatic to you?

Topic: graduated with your masters
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2021 5:06:07 AM

While I was filling out a form to apply for a PhD program, I came across this question:

In which country is the university located where you graduated with your masters?

The part in bold does sound wrong and unidiomatic to me. What do you say? Does it work for you?
Topic: promise-breaker
Posted: Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:39:34 AM
What do you call a person who does not keep his promises? A promise-breaker? Or probably a reneger? Do you have a specific term for that?

Topic: pick over / pick out
Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021 5:02:04 AM
Great, many thanks.
Topic: pick over / pick out
Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021 4:26:54 AM

A. She picked out the strawberries, selecting the largest ones.
B. She picked over the strawberries, selecting the largest ones.

I'm interested to know the differences between the two. Could someone elaborate? Which one are you more likely to say?

Thank you.
Topic: to the building swaying
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:40:28 AM
It makes sense. Thanks.
Topic: to the building swaying
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 5:41:00 AM
Kristin: well, um, you know the three months I was living in Japan I experienced two [two earthquakes]. Both of those were very different, uh, very different from the one I’d experienced here and also very different from the one in Bangkok. But one of them, I was actually up in my apartment, which was on the fifth floor of a building. And I was woken up at about 5 o’clock in the morning to the building swaying. And because, uh, earthquakes are like a dime a dozen in Japan, they, they’ve built a lot of their buildings to absorb the shock.
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I'm not quite sure what does "to" here mean! Could that be "because of"?

Topic: have a monk on (BrE)
Posted: Monday, January 25, 2021 2:57:24 AM
Thank you.
The Yorkshire Post believes that it's Yorkshire slang;
Topic: have a monk on (BrE)
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:32:05 PM
have a monk on
(also get a monk on)
informal Northern English
Be or get annoyed; be in a bad mood.


Have you ever heard or seen the phrase before?

To take some examples:

- Everyone at work seems to have a monk on today.

- Don't get a monk on, mate.

The phrase actually makes me think of another term,

get (one's) monkey up
To make one angry.

I wonder whether there is some kind of relation between the two!
Topic: dressed up like a pox doctor's clerk (BE)
Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:07:20 AM
Thank you folks for the time you spent so as to answer my questions. It was nice knowing your ideas, I mean that.

Sarrriesfan wrote:
I have never heard that one before myself, although British slang is highly regionalised so I won't say it's not used.

I think though everyone understands "dressed up like a dog's dinner" though.

Unfortunately, a friend of mine who is from southern part of England mistook "dog's dinner" for "a mess", "a jumble" or probably "a dog's breakfast". For that reason, I'd avoid it partly from expecting it to be unfamiliar to the listener.