Forum posts made by dannyx

Topic Ban the user above!
Posted 11 Nov 2018 09:04

Banned for getting coffee in the sugar pot

Topic badges
Posted 19 Jan 2018 13:28

i am something of a badge hound and try to collect all the badges i can but not being a writer i will never get one of those. the thing is there are a few that seem unattainable here at ss especially the famous member badge. you need 100,000 views for this one, the same as on the sister sight but there are only about 3000 members here compared to the 300,000 there. couldn't you lower the views a little?help

Tell me about it. Coming here is like a parallel universe compared with the other site. Still it's kind of refreshing.

D x

Topic badges
Posted 18 Jan 2018 14:30

Ooh I love badgers! They like potted meat sandwiches

D x

Topic Picture that Number
Posted 03 Nov 2017 05:25

Is this supposed to be the number 76?

Yes. It's a song...

Seventy-six trombones led the big parade
With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuo-
Sos, the cream of ev'ry famous band.

Seventy-six trombones caught the morning sun
With a hundred and ten cornets right behind
There were more than a thousand reeds
Springing up like weeds.
There were horns of ev'ry shape and kind.

There were copper bottom tympani in horse platoons
Thundering, thundering all along the way.
Double bell euphoniums and big bassoons,
Each bassoon having its big, fat say!

There were fifty mounted cannon in the battery
Thundering, thundering louder than before
Clarinets of ev'ry size
And trumpeters who'd improvise
A full octave higher than the score!

D x

Topic Let's Count
Posted 22 Oct 2017 12:55

Topic Picture that Number
Posted 22 Oct 2017 12:45

Topic opposite word game
Posted 22 Oct 2017 12:43

Vibrant - Lethargic

Topic Drop Letter - Add Letter
Posted 22 Oct 2017 12:41

Cramp - Crime

Topic Places Around the World
Posted 22 Oct 2017 12:38


Topic Change One Letter
Posted 22 Oct 2017 12:38

Pasty - Tasty

Topic Last 2 Letters
Posted 21 Oct 2017 11:46

Acronym - Nymphadora

Foul! That's the last three letters!


Topic The Last Post
Posted 20 Oct 2017 12:55

The next person to post is a jerk

Topic I am
Posted 20 Oct 2017 12:51

I am going to take my pooch outside for a wee.

Topic Last 2 Letters
Posted 20 Oct 2017 05:51

Pyromaniac - Acronym

Topic Last 2 Letters
Posted 19 Oct 2017 09:31

Smitten - Entropy

Topic Places Around the World
Posted 18 Oct 2017 13:53


Topic Last 2 Letters
Posted 18 Oct 2017 13:31

Temperamental - Altruism

Topic breath vs breathe
Posted 17 Oct 2017 09:46

I believe breathe was the original spelling of breath.

Topic Completed or Finished
Posted 15 Oct 2017 02:51

Picking up on DX's 'finished v completed' post, here are a couple more combos that can confuse some writers.

Further v farther
principle v principal

Anybody want to take a shot?


Farther v further is interesting.

I find farther is underused as it's probably either misunderstood or is considered to be high register and people use the more 'common' further instead. It feels safe and in almost all uses further is correct.

Strictly speaking, farther relates to distance, as in 'I now have farther to walk, since I moved jobs.' Further relates to concepts, as is 'I would like to take your argument further and see how it can be applied in other contexts.'

As a moderator on another site read2 I can't remember the last time I saw the word farther. As far as I know and from my memory of looking at this in uni, the words are interchangeable.

The graph below shows how the relative frequencies of the two words have changed historically.

Farther may also be underused owing to it being homophonous with father and this jangles in people's heads?

I would need to do some research to say a lot more about this.

Principle v principal is a different barrel of fish. These are just words with different meanings that people confuse. I suppose they have the same Latin root.

I have a little mnemonic for remembering the difference. 'I began with first principles, but principally the Principal was my pal.'

Danny x

Topic Completed or Finished
Posted 21 Sep 2017 14:22

DX, many thanks for that clear, concise, not to mention, cogent post. For me, it really was a helpful response.

Ah, thank you! Always happy to help icon_smile

D x

Topic What are you reading at the moment?
Posted 10 Sep 2017 13:19

Prompted by the current tv series I'm reading the Poldark novels by Winston Graham.

I'd forgotten how well-written they are and I'm finding them such an enjoyable read; a perfect balance of great characters and relevant historical detail. He really brings late-eighteenth century Cornwall vividly to life.

Well, fancy meeting you here!

I'm currently reading a book called Broke Around Britain, about a guy who hitches with his dog from Lands End to Scotland without spending a penny on food or accommodation. It's really good.

D x

Topic Weird Facts
Posted 10 Sep 2017 13:15

If you scan a zebra with a bar code reader, you can Google where and when it was born.

Topic Completed or Finished
Posted 10 Sep 2017 10:34

I would say completed relates to a task where there is a quantifiable goal. Finished is more about an end point of a process or activity.

For example: I completed the test in 12 minutes.

Jake's firm completed the building in under a year.

Compare with the below examples:

I've finished the book that I was working on.

Laura finished her dinner and went out to play.

D x

Topic Greetings from a newbie
Posted 10 Sep 2017 04:49


Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Stay safe if you're in the path of Hurricane Irma.

D x