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location Akron, OH
age 57
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I yearn to be Bugs.

I suspect I am Daffy.

I look like Elmer.


Jul
26
comment What is meant by “same difference”?
@EdwinAshworth - this phrase was used in the American mid-west at about the same time. And still is, come to think of it...
Jun
30
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
@DigitalChris - interestingly, the term "soccer" is actually a Britishism, derived from the word "association" in "association football" which is the proper name of the game (as opposed to e.g. "rugby football" and "American football"). So now you know...
Jun
4
comment Alternative to “a bunch”?
I wonder if it's more of an east coast/west coast thing. Here in Ohio (about 25 miles south of the southernmost of the lakes referred to as "a bunch of water!") we (or at least I :-) tend to use "a lot" more than "a bunch". As in "That's a lot of water down there, eh, Josiah?", or perhaps "a whole lot", i.e. "You're right there, Obadiah - that's a WHOLE lot of water down there!". An' I expect you don't even know that we happen to produce some partic'ly fine wines which are getting more sophisticated and cosmopolitan by the day, and are a delight to the sophisticated palate - yew barstud?
May
28
comment What metaphor or phrase can describe an object that is aesthetically pleasing yet totally useless?
"Aesthetically pleasing" is in the eye of the beholder. Aunt Amelia might find her collection of floppy-eared bunny statuary (in a variety of amusing and picturesque poses) quite pleasing, aesthetically-wise speaking - but Uncle Wilmer might not.
May
27
answered What metaphor or phrase can describe an object that is aesthetically pleasing yet totally useless?
May
21
comment Succinct phrase that covers both “not started” and “previously started, later stopped”
I can't think of a word or phrase that captures both meanings as they represent different concepts. "Not Being Worked" is the best I can do, but I don't really think it captures the "started but not completed" aspect.
May
19
comment Is it correct to say “You are a path shower”
You do realize, don't you, that this song is on a par with another-song-that-will-remain-nameless in terms of "Please! Help me! I've got 'Show Me The Way' stuck in my head - and I can't get it out!". Although at the same time I'll grant you that "Frampton Comes Alive" is one of the best live albums I've ever heard... :-)
May
19
comment Is it correct to say “You are a path shower”
In colloquial American we might say, "You da man!".
May
16
answered What is this “Nor”?
May
9
comment What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't?
I'd say he's "overcommitted", a "pleaser", "doesn't know when to say no", "eyes are too big for his stomach", etc? My dear wife is much the same way - always has 17 things she wants to do, 24 that are half-started, but nothing ever gets finished.
Mar
19
comment Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits
"Back-slider" is one term I've heard used.
Mar
15
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
Ask 'em if they're familiar with the David Bowie song "Rebel Rebel" and if they are tell them you're having the same problem as the character's mother in the song.
Mar
13
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Mar
13
answered What does “Come-to Jesus (moment / stage / meeting)” mean? Is it a popular word?
Mar
12
comment “Soldier sleeps - the service continues” (Russian idiom/saying)
@JanusBahsJacquet - I've always liked "Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day; set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life". :-)
Mar
12
comment What's the English equivalent of “Drilling one's head”?
It sounds like "nagging" or "bugging" or "bringing up" or "going on and on and on" would perhaps be close to equivalent.
Mar
12
comment Would a golfer say, “I shot for 200 yards”?
I think it would sound more natural to say, "You hit the ball 200 yards", or "You hit it 200 yards".
Mar
11
comment Is word “crap” considered a vulgarism?
Some people can take offense at any word in the English language - and as English is a rather word-rich langugage (due to borrowing words from just about everywhere) there is much to be offended about. It's not so much what is said as how it is said. Stand on a street corner and angrily shout "Petunias!" or "Chrysanthemums!"and I'm sure you'll find yourself surrounded in short order by a bevy of such individuals who feel that your use of the name of a flower is unconscionably vulgar because "We all know what you meant!!!".
Mar
11
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Given the apparent ability of some people to take offense at anything, I suggest "Oh, for Bowdler's sake!" - although I have no doubt that such individuals will manage to take offense at such a use of the name of the saintedly dirty-minded Dr. Bowdler as well...
Mar
10
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