||[Apr. 17th, 2008|05:27 pm]
that guy).I love to use Google to tell me things about language, people or the world by searching for phrases and not really using the search results themselves... such as using Google to figure the correct wording of an idiom (we've all heard someone say something like "oh, I'm just pulling your rib, don't worry about it," and no one wants to be |
Just now I second-guessed myself as I was answering a Facebook message and almost said "just chugging away at user emails." 'Chugging away'? Am I guzzling them down? Wtf am I talking about? Maybe it's 'plugging away'? But that doesn't sound right either, it doesn't involve electricity or any other type of 'plugging'.... Time to turn to Google for some advice. I did searches for the three possibilities I could think of:
"chugging away": 69,600 results
"chugging along": 310,000 results
"plugging away": 553,000 results
Apparently the last option is the one I was looking for. To be fair, "chugging away" gave results that were talking about wine reviews and trains, while "plugging away" gave a result from the Idiom Dictionary, which sealed the deal. But the numbers were telling. I don't want to be all sewed up in horse pies.
Years ago, shortly before the advent of this LJ, Jesses Raber and Friedman used this technique to argue that "another thing coming" is more correct than "another think coming"; the numbers say it's about 6 to 1.
On the other hand, most of the top results for both are pages about the confusion between the two expressions! I still think this settles it
hahah, i remember this debate. this method was also used in the xkcd about how there was only one result containing the phrase "died in a blogging accident" (which allegedly may have been joyce park of uchicago and renkoo fame?)....
Weren't you the one who said something many years ago about being "the brightest pencil in the shed" or something? I'm running out of such permutations that actually sound odd without oddly making sense.
oh yeah! hahahahahahah! not the crunchiest star in the drawer, now are we? i totally forget why, but there was some mixed-metaphors-of-the-format-"not the x-est y in the z" contest on lj like 3 years ago. i wish i could find it!
it was on JF's livejournal, IIRC late in the summer of 2004. too lazy to look it up, but maybe you can find it via that?