Thursday, 30 April 2015

Types of staples

Standard Staples. 1/4 of an inch in length and have beveled tips.

Heavy-Duty Staples. They come in 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch lengths. The points are chiseled to penetrate more material than a standard staple.

Mini-staples. These lighter, smaller staples travel well and take up less space

Construction Staples. These staples are thick and have highly chiseled tips.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Fall between / through / the cracks / two stools

fall/slip through the cracks

to get lost or be forgotten, especially within a system

'It seems that important information given to the police may have fallen through the cracks'

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fall between the cracks / fall through the cracks

to fail to fit into a given agenda or program

'Some things fall between the cracks - like the value of an anaerobic adhesive at GE'

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fall between two stools

to come somewhere between two possibilities and so fail to meet the requirements of either.

'The material is not suitable for an academic book or for a popular one. It falls between two stools. He tries to be both teacher and friend, but falls between two stools.'

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the idea that anything can “fall between the cracks” just doesn’t make sense to me.

I picture two parallel cracks. Wouldn’t the space between them be the surface?

My guess is that the current illogical form came from a blending of the established metaphors “fall through the cracks” (as small objects might fall through the gaps between floorboards) and “fall between the stools”

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Thursday, 23 April 2015


Stile. A series of steps or rungs by means of which a person may pass over a wall or fence that remains a barrier to sheep or cattle.


The vertical members of a rigid ladder are called stringers or rails (US) or stiles (UK).


Stile. A vertical member of a panel or frame, as in a door or window sash.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Top and bottom horizontal, and the rest vertical

Shit buttons

Because horizontal buttonholes take horizontal stress with less deformation of the buttonhole shape and offer much less likelihood of the button pulling out from such stress than do vertical one

It's the sign of a quality shirt. If you think of the amount of strain on the buttons, the one at your waistband and the one right at the top get the most strain. Both of them are horizontal as this puts less strain on the cotton holding the button on


From my research this is a vestige of when dress shirts were affixed to trousers.  It prevented the shirt from riding up and kept a nice tidy appearance throughout the day.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Top Ten Pirate Punishments

Throwing Overboard
Cat O’ Nine Tails
Walking The Plank
Selling Into Slavery
Clapping In Irons

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New York 212

Remember the “Seinfeld” episode where Elaine tried to get her dead neighbor’s 212 phone number when she was assigned a 646?

There are now six area codes in New York City (212, 646, 718, 917, 347, 929), and another might soon be needed.

But people are still behaving like Elaine: scheming for the city’s original prefix, even subscribing to a call-forwarding service for the coveted 212, The Times reports.

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Manhattan Area Codes Multiply, but the Original, 212, Is Still Coveted

New York Today: What Would You Do for a 212?

Why was New York City’s original area code 212?

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Types of Pepper

Salt & Pepper. The common name for edible salt and black pepper, a traditionally paired set of condiments found on dining tables where European-style food is eaten.

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Pepper. The Master Spice. Three types of peppercorn are harvested: black, green, and white. The difference in the peppercorns come from when the berry of the bush is harvested and how it is processed.

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Sweet Peppers. Sweet peppers don't come in just red and green anymore, nor are they just different colors of bell peppers.

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Chilli Pepper. This species includes a wide variety of peppers, including chilli peppers used in curries and sweet bell peppers used in salad.

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Get to know your sweet and spicy peppers.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Roll Eyes

The action of rolling one’s eyes, typically as an expression of exasperation, disbelief, or disapproval:



Looking upward with an expression of contempt, often combined with a sigh. Used to indicate frustration and annoyance with the stupidity of a person or thing.



To move your eyes upwards as a way of showing that you are annoyed or bored after someone has done or said something