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Discussion Topic  RE: By the numbers (in Wordplay) by Richard English
Yes, I have ridden a trike of probably the most precarious type. I used to have a 1935 Rudge Special......
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Discussion Topic  RE: AEIOU (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Quote: "Bob just had me all settled down about why bright had a diphthong; you say a diphthong does......
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Discussion Topic  RE: By the numbers (in Wordplay) by Richard English
The expression "quadricycle" (abbreviation "quad") is perfectly correct and this kind of vehicle was......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Cockney (in Potpourri) by Richard English
Cockney rhyming slang, like all living languages (in other words, unlike French!), is developing and......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Celebrated Popping Sprog of Manitoba Provence (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I have never heard the expression used in the UK in quite this way, although "sprog" is a common eno......
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Discussion Topic  RE: AEIOU (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
The "i" in fine is a dipthong since the word is (in UK English at least) pronounced rather like "fah......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "Proper Attire Required..." (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I have ridden motorcycles ever since I was old enough so to do. When I went to Martha's Vineyard a f......
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Discussion Topic  Less and Fewer - a new slant in "The Times" (in The Written Word) by Richard English
An article recently appeared in The Times whose author was trying to make the point that the disctin......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Drink-related words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
As I said, that is the theory. However, as I also said, I believe it's more a matter of moderation. ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in Wordplay) by Richard English
"Quad bike" Richard English...
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Discussion Topic  RE: "Proper Attire Required..." (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Two things. The best English pubs have two or more bars the names of which vary but "public" and "s......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Drink-related words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
The theory is that, if you drink a small amount of whisky after a belly-full of beer all that will h......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Drink-related words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Officially a shandy (or shandygaff) is beer and lemonade. If it's made with ginger beer then it's a ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "I leart how things are spelt". (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
The "nt" construction is very common in UK English but not in US English. I do not know how the alte......
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Discussion Topic  RE: A challenge! (in Wordplay) by Richard English
I come back from Egypt, and what do I see? A posting from CJ that says, as I quote, "...the shortest......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Cockney (in Potpourri) by Richard English
Quote: "Go" = "Scapa Flow" or "Scapa" is correct. Scapa Flow is where the Royal Navy has a large ba......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Drink-related words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
The definition in the beer dictionary is quite correct although less comprehensive than my own. Ric......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The world's funniest joke? (in Wordplay) by Richard English
Did you know that, in the entire panoply of Sherlock Holmes stories, that phrase was NEVER used? Ri......
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Discussion Topic  RE: from today's newspaper (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Aspirin, although originally a German brand name, is now used to denote any medicine made from acety......
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Discussion Topic  RE: from today's newspaper (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I have a particular aversion to this and never use the expression "hoover" when I mean vacuum cleane......
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