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Topic: the sum of things
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:19:18 PM
Thank you very much! Excellent explanation.
Topic: the sum of things
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 2:47:47 PM
Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay.


This is from "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries" by A.E. Housman.

What does "the sum of things" mean? The universe? What does "for pay" mean here?

Thanks!
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:23:07 PM
geyser
Topic: otherwise
Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 4:21:42 PM
Clyde of Oz wrote:
I don't agree that omitting the word otherwise from the phrase:

...blogs, otherwise known as Web logs...

leaves the meaning unchanged.

With otherwise included, you are simply giving an alternative name for blogs, and it also gives insight into the origin of the term.

With otherwise omitted, you are saying that the things that are actually blogs are known as Web logs [and not as blogs].


I believe that "otherwise known" may be changed to "also known".
Topic: base subjects
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:25:46 AM
Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?
Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
Darkening thy power to lend base subjects light?


This is William Shakespeare, Sonnet 100.
What does "base subjects" mean? Is it something good or bad or primitive?

Thanks!
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:44:21 PM
Case
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020 12:48:37 AM
cobra
Topic: for sure vs. of course
Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 2:39:24 PM
Thank you very much for the answers!
The line assumes that ruffes are picky about what they eat, which they apparently are not.

YES!! You've got a point. This is what I'm trying to say. It's a funny verse about a hapless fisherman that can't catch any fish (ruffe) because they ignore all his baits.
Now I see that the only reasonable and understandable option is "But so picky 'bout food".

Thanks once again!
Topic: for sure vs. of course
Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 8:00:22 AM
How gorgeous and unique
Are the ruffes in the creek!
They, of course/for sure, are pretty good
But particular in food.


Should I choose of course or for sure if I try to say it ironically?
Does particular in food work here like they are picky about their food?

Thanks!
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COME IN NEW WORDS (continued 2014 edition)
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:31:36 PM
paeony