Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The usage of those words can be found in this review of a certain make of bicycle tyres. Unable to understand what the author is trying to say using those adjectives, since they are usually used to describe human personality or mood, but never came across such usage for inanimate objects.

I've to admit that my exposure to Queen's English, is fairly limited, and I was struggling to to use "tyre" instead of "tire".

share|improve this question
1  
There's little need to use tyre instead of tire for most cases. While the spelling tyre is (historically recently) preferred in Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, people from those countries are aware that the US and Canada use tire and would understand your meaning. Unless you've a style-guide to write to that insists on one form or the other, just write clear English in either of them. –  Jon Hanna Feb 11 '13 at 14:42
    
From the title, I thought you meant cycle was a verb here, actually, and that you meant “when it comes to recycling tires”, which is some else altogether. What sort of “cycles” are you talking about? Bicycles? Motorcycles? Not enough context here. Sounds like some sort of regional usage to me. –  tchrist Feb 11 '13 at 14:58
    
@JonHanna I really tire of the debate. Tyre is clearly superior so as to avoid ambiguity with the verb tire. –  Jez Apr 5 '13 at 12:39
add comment

1 Answer

Cheap and cheerful is a fairly common collocation used to describe goods of low price, but not bad value for the money: they’re OK, but don’t expect too much. Sprightly means that they will give you a lively ride.

share|improve this answer
1  
Thank you @BarrieEngland. –  icarus74 Feb 11 '13 at 18:08
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.