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  • A string of lights is about as close as I can think of but, while it implies that they are all connected, that need not necessarily be the case providing that they are arranged more or less linearly (e.g. you might describe the illuminations of a fishing fleet on the horizon as a string of lights).
  • I think this is likely to be a cultural distinction within and across companies and sectors. Some may use labels interchangeably for the same datum while others may use different labels to refer to different data.
  • Hi @Ahzee, I don't think many people would think it disrespectful if not intended in that way, especially from someone learning the language and unfamiliar with the cultural nuances (as I said above, context and tone can change the dynamic entirely). However, using a less forceful construction would be a little more…
  • Hi @Ahzee, I'll chat to/with you after... would be more usual and in keeping with @DavidCrosbie's comments above. ("you" could be either singular or plural in this example). It's probably also worth mentioning that the verb have is often omitted, especially in informal contexts, giving I'll chat to you after dinner. The…
  • Hi @Only4Pets, What exactly are you having difficulty with?
  • Hi @Only4Pets, Which bit are you having difficulty with?
  • Hi @norwegianblue, It would probably be advisable to consult a dictionary, for example, before playing too fast and loose with compound forms. The issue is that while many forms may be used frequently and many more will be accepted without question, some nevertheless are as dead as the parrot…
  • I have also come across similar comments but more usually in the form of a phrasal verb, loop in (in the sense of bringing someone into the proverbial loop). It sounds like your "loop" is an abbreviated form of the phrasal verb where the speakers have dispensed with the particle. I had always assumed it was a US thing as I…
  • @DavidCrosbie: For example cockney rhyming slang? I agree that, where there is a need for a meaning, words will be created to fit the bill; over time some will rise to prominence and become part of general usage, whether or not they get recorded and whatever authorities try to do about it. You just need to look at the…
  • Interesting how many of these words are of foreign origin when there are plenty of English words, especially proper nouns such as the surnames "Cholmondeley" and "Mainwaring", and place names such as "Gloucester" and "Loughborough". However, my favourite (being of Dutch extraction) is the Dutch seaside town of…