Been watching some of the Tommy Walsh stuff recorded off Quest.
If only I could find out where he got his expanding metal lathe, I'd have no
more space problems. Anyone got any other good DIY pronouncation clangers ?
Blimey -- I've seen that so many times, I always assumed that it was a
technical building term what I, a mere punter, didn't know about (even
though I knew it was referring to the things I always referred to as
A bit like the use of "x off" (as in "oakwood cills 2 off") (or even "2
of", which I've seen recently), instead of "2 oakwood sills". I presume
that that usage originated in the factories / smithies / joineries,
where the tradesman was given an order for 'x' number of widgets off his
lathe (or whatever), and that it spread from there to the warehouses.
(or is it "off the shelf"? Nah - that wouldn't make sense.)
Sigh: You can tell it's pouring down outside, can't you :-)
At primary school occasionally we had to go outside for something called
a 'fire drill'.
I remember thinking 'Are they drilling holes somewhere to look for fire?
Why can't I hear the noise of men working on that?'. Why are we outside?
Is it dangerous to be inside while they are drilling?'
On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:56:40 +0100, Mr Pounder wrote:
A reasonable comment/question.
At w**k, many years ago, a rep. came in and asked if we were interested in
fire protection. He just didn't get it when I said no, but if he had ways of
destroying fires we'd like to know.
Same with an 'explosion-proof' motor - I wanted one that wouldn't spark an
explosion and didn't care what happened to the motor.
On 26/08/2011 20:22, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
Certainly when I went on a narrow-boating holiday thirty years ago, the
books referred to the stone ledge in the bottom of a lock as the cill.
I've also had a quick google and it appears that it may also these days
be a building trade specific variant.
According to Collins Dictionary cill is a variant spelling used by the
'x off' was traditional engineering practice (or should that be
practise?) when I was a student apprentice back in the early 60s. I am
sure there would have been a very good reason for it but all I can think
of now is to avoid confusion say between twenty to and twenty two.
Someone once explained to me that it derives from manufacturing
something from a specification or drawing - "2 off (that drawing/
But I've never been convinced. To me, it makes sense to ask for "2 of
those widgets" or even "widgets, 2 of".
On Monday, August 29, 2011 8:40:00 AM UTC+1, Halmyre wrote:
I assumed it was like "2 off the production line". We have the verb "to print off" which could be similar. Also, gleaned from a web search, we have the expression "one-off" to mean something unique.
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