Why do I suddenly feel like I am playing Counter Strike, only time I ever used such words!
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it's absolutely illegal. As are fire hoses, water jet cutters, and the sort of water cannon that may be threatened as a way to disrupt a riot.
Using any of these devices, or even thinking about jets that are not of the engine variety, will get you a jail term of between 6 months and four years. And you better not live in a council house or you'll lose that too.
stream is becoming an popular alternative to jet. All those text adventure games are going to have to be rehauled.
"You are in a corridor. There are exits to the North and South. There is a hole in the wall. What do you want to do?"
>Look in hole
"You peer into the hole. A jet of boiling water shoots out of the hole and kills you instantly"
I think under the old rules, 'jet of water' would be considered a tautology -- on the basis that a jet by definition is of water. However, as the term jet is now less specific (type of engine, plane, ex-Gladiator, whatever), it's now fair enough to use the term 'jet of water'.
You can put down your green Biro now....
You can still use "Jet of Water", just now if you say "I saw a Jet" the ONLY reasonable conclusion someone would envision would be a jet airplane* no would assume a jet of water, and CERTAINLY no one would assume a ex-Gladiator... though sadly I am now reminded of this fact that I had happily until now forgotten.
(*Maybe a US football player if you were in or NY or New Jersey.. as they are the "Jets", but alas also named after the plane sooo......)
Oh and why do they get to decide....They OWN it! Make your own dictionary, and if you have better rules and definitions, gradually you would have the control over what is included or not.
(They being whomever bought or inherited from the original brothers of course)
Being Blackadder / Simpsons / etc. fans in our office, us lads are trying to get the words "embiggen", "cromulant", "contrafribularities" and "interfrastically" into the common tongue. Though no-one we know outside these walls know what we mean however.
Nice to see that The Reg uses "embiggen" now and again though!
Come to think of it, "nerdgasm" would be a good one too...
really this suffix is used on a lot of variations, each one not needing their own word.
X-gasm just means a huge rush of pleasure from X
Wargasm, nerdgasm, foodgasm, footballgasm... you get the idea.
In some cases like Wargasm it can be used to derogatorily imply that subject gets sexual gratification from something that most think they should not.
wow...I think I just a wordgasm.
Mankini is a bikini on a man....the show talk soup on the E! network in the U.S. has a regular character called "Mankini" that comes out wearing...a bikini of course. Wish I had never seen that one.... I guess some people use this to refer to speedo style bathing suits that look like the bottom half of a Bikini (that are rare in US, but more common in the EU)
Jeggings are a cross between Jeans and Leggins, they are lycra/strech pants that form-fit but look like they are jeans made of Denim. On an attractive woman, they are VERY form fitting.
Of course Conan O brien wore a pair, which was another sight I could have gone a life without seeing.....
... but they're both in common usage, Jeggings are leggings designed to appear as if they made of denim. A mankini is a skimpy bit of swimwear for blokes (see Borat).
Tbh though, the COED has been adding very questionable words for years now. I'd stick to the good old fashioned OED. It's got a lot more heft to it which should come in useful next time you hear someone use the word 'sexting'.
So when are they going to allow 'Loose' as an alternative spelling for 'Lose'? Surely more people use this than use 'jeggings'?
I'm fed up of getting growled at* as a "Grammer Nazi" (sic) for correcting people on this, and I'm fed up of seeing commercial publications that should know better making this mistake.
For the love of all things shiny, just put me out of my misery and include 'Loose' as an alternative spelling for 'Lose'. Then I can stop twitching.
(*in my Growlery...top word, I shall strive to reintroduce it)
"At this rate people will soon be confused at Dr. Watson's proclivity to ejaculate at every turn."
Ah, yes, well....
And I did point out the Bleak House reference before I came to your posting.
And you say "nobody reads Dickens anymore." I think that perhaps very few people actually read anymore; isn't there that well known oxymoron "Sun reader" often mentioned in the press?
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