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Discussion Topic  RE: Dashpot (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
The damper on an SU carburettor is not the same as a throttle return check - which is a dashpot in t......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Newpaper articles of interest - Part II (in The Written Word) by Richard English
I agree the laws are used - but they are often not adequate. For example, a libel which is posted an......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Dashpot (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
As I wrote, I have never heard the SU damping chamber referred to as a "dashpot". That is not to say......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Overnegation: don't fail to miss it! (in The Written Word) by Richard English
I had assumed he meant what the sentence meant. I didn't realise he had put in a redundant negative.......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Dashpot (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
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Discussion Topic  RE: Overnegation: don't fail to miss it! (in The Written Word) by Richard English
Triple negatives are even harder than double negatives. But it would be difficult to say make this p......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Newpaper articles of interest - Part II (in The Written Word) by Richard English
The laws about libel, like the laws about copyright, have been overtaken by new communications techn......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Dashpot (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I have always known the word as describing those hydraulic devices that close a door automatically a......
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Discussion Topic  RE: They're watching you (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
It's simply idiomatic and, like so much idiom, is best not anaylised to carefully. Well, time marc......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Times smaller (in The Written Word) by Richard English
I deplore the "five times smaller" style of referring to lesser quantities. We have a system of num......
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Discussion Topic  RE: borrow pit (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I've never heard of it. How do they fill in the "borrow pit" - create another one?...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Another Eponym? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I had heard that the name was eponymous - but I don't believe that it is. This article seems to cast......
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Discussion Topic  RE: World's WORST jokes (part one) (in Wordplay) by Richard English
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Discussion Topic  RE: Speak English (in The Written Word) by Richard English
Frightening. Are the words "your" and "you're" the most commonly confused in English? Or does that......
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Discussion Topic  RE: secund (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
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Discussion Topic  RE: secund (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
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Discussion Topic  RE: Gay or Spartacus? (in Potpourri) by Richard English
Which I am not sure is the right one in this case, tongue-rollingly satisfying though it is. Has Ans......
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Poll  Small Dole limerick poll (in Wordplay) by Richard English
Well, whilst I was away cruising there was a flood of late entries so I am now posting the poll. Wel......
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Discussion Topic  Small Dole Limerick (in Wordplay) by Richard English
OK folks. PM me your limericks for Small Dole. There's not much in Small Dole apart from a quite ni......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Overnegation: don't fail to miss it! (in The Written Word) by Richard English
In Jennifer Stewart's newsletter today - ......
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