The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:14 am

Thanks and happy new year.
What does it mean to be positionally busted?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:36 am

Thanks and happy new year.
What does it mean to be positionally busted?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:22 pm

You are repeating yourself ;)
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:44 am

😁 What does the comment "Grist for the mill!" mean?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Alex Holowczak » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:28 am

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:44 am
😁 What does the comment "Grist for the mill!" mean?
It means that the former programmer of the ECF grading software has fallen out with a miller, who is about to put him through a mill.

More seriously, take a look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gristmill
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:15 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:28 am
soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:44 am
😁 What does the comment "Grist for the mill!" mean?
It means that the former programmer of the ECF grading software has fallen out a miller, who is about to put him through a mill.

More seriously, take a look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gristmill
I mean what does it mean in chess commentary after an exchange sac?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:54 pm

Sac = Sacrifice

Exchange Sacrifice mean giving up Rook for Knight or Bishop

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_exchange_(chess)

Were you not able to look this up yourself?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:55 pm

Andy Stoker wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:54 pm
Sac = Sacrifice

Exchange Sacrifice mean giving up Rook for Knight or Bishop

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_exchange_(chess)

Were you not able to look this up yourself?
I gave an example, I do know about exchange sac, but not "Grist for the mill*, as in:
Celebrity gossip is, of course, grist for the mill as far as the tabloids are concerned.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:57 pm

My apologies - I misunderstood your post.

"Grist to the mill" means something that it is useful for a particular purpose or helps support someone's point of view.- https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dicti ... o-the-mill

So the tabloid newspapers print celebrity gossip (the grist to the mill) because people are interested in it and will buy the newspaper to read it.

Foolishly.

The newspaper wants to sell copies and the gossip helps them achieve that goal.

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Re: The English Language

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:02 pm

Soheil, here is an example from literature about your country.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KPB ... &q&f=false

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:01 am

David Sedgwick wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:02 pm
Soheil, here is an example from literature about your country.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KPB ... &q&f=false
You mean an example of "Grist for the mill"? I didn't find that.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:42 am

Please look again - 5 lines down in the first paragraph

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:54 am

This is what I am seeing
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Re: The English Language

Post by David Sedgwick » Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:06 pm

The link is not very user friendly.

If you google: All of these words - "Iran"; This exact phrase - "grist to the mill", you should be able to get to the right page of the book.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:51 pm

Many thanks. But still confused
As I understood, the phrase can mean excuse, right?
Also, it can mean anything can be made useful.
Does it mean in my case that "anything is good"?

Context:
"Rxd7
Grist for the mill! Now c6 falls and I get all of my material back - with dividents!"

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