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  1. The headline: "Nuts screws washers and bolts" may well be apocryphal. Writing headlines for tabloid papers is a highly skilled job. Though as Shyheels has found, the "quality" press has its moments too.
  2. A warning to any civilians who wandered in: That article is satirical. The title tells you that immediately.
  3. And now for something completely different. I hate seeing monstrosities like: "She would of gone to the shops". It's a consequence of how you hear: "She would've gone to the shops" but that doesn't make it any less horrible. Unfortunately we may be fighting a losing battle against this one. Language changes through usage. "For free" seems to have become established. "Free" would be entirely adequate. Alternatively "for nothing". Compared to French, English, a language with a very rich vocabulary, actually lacks here. We use "free" in two senses: "beer" and "freedom". The French have "gratuit" and "libre" to make the distinction clear. "I'm free!" Or at least not too expensive.
  4. Other fruits are available. How many fruity brands can you think of? Apricot used to be a maker of computers. Mango are a fashion company. Orange are (in the UK they were, don't know about elsewhere) a mobile phone company. Long before Apple computers, the Beatles used Apple as a brand for their records.
  5. If you use fruity computers you'll get greengrocers' apostrophes!
  6. You're reminding me of this book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Penguins-Stopped-Play-Village-Cricketers/dp/0719563461
  7. If you try walking like that with a stilletto boot on one foot and a loafer on the other it will be very uncomfortable:) Do it in public and people will, reasonably, think you're crazy:)
  8. The online article is slightly different to the paper version. The paper version has a photo of Johannes Radebe, Rylan Clarke and Kelvin Fletcher (google them, I don't know them either). 2 are wearing 4" or so stiletto boots, the 3rd about 3" block heel boots. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/03/high-fashion-the-rise-of-heels-for-men
  9. Stealing is an interesting concept when you distinguish between bits and atoms. If you steal atoms (cars, books, wives etc) you deprive the previous owner of their use. If you steal bits this is done by copying (text, music, ideas etc) the original owner still has them. They may be of reduced value but the original owner can still play the music, read the document on a computer etc. I'm no bible scholar but I don't think the concept of intellectual property is well covered.
  10. I saw that recently too. Not to be confused with allusion or illusion.
  11. As the OP for this thread I'm very happy for it to meander anywhere down the byways of English (Latin and possibly Greek also allowed, where vaguely relevant to English. Lesser tongues also welcome on the same basis).
  12. There is often much wisdom in comedy. The late great comedian, Dave Allen, always signed off his TV shows: "Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Allen_(comedian) Tom Lehrer (who was Jewish but not practising) wrote the wonderful "Vatican Rag":
  13. The story has had much wider exposure than in The Guardian. There are many examples, but the Daily Mail, whose politics are very different to The Guardian has the story, as does the BBC. There are loads more both in the UK and worldwide. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7776691/In-Mexico-effeminate-Zapata-painting-draws-fury.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-50740323
  14. Work fine here. They aren't clickable, you need to copy and paste them into your browser's address bar.
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