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Started by fenderstrat on Dec 14, 2018 11:36:40 PM
What's the difference between way, shape and form?

If bloody any.

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GyratingTrampoline - 14 Dec 2018 23:47:57 (#1 of 23)

Ask little miss muffit

Anchorman - 14 Dec 2018 23:48:51 (#2 of 23)

If bloody any.



feeling grumpy Fenders?

:)

TinyMcOtter - 14 Dec 2018 23:49:58 (#3 of 23)

Is this for a popular culture essay?

OneOfOne - 15 Dec 2018 04:12:54 (#4 of 23)

A way is a vector and shape/form are scalars

HoHoHoff - 15 Dec 2018 07:13:49 (#5 of 23)

Can you describe shape or form without vectors?

fenderstrat - 15 Dec 2018 07:17:46 (#6 of 23)

It's a lazy bloody cliche, is what it is.

browserbutton - 15 Dec 2018 07:20:58 (#7 of 23)

I think you've hit the nail on the head -- lock, stock and barrel.

fenderstrat - 15 Dec 2018 07:21:59 (#8 of 23)

Heh. Well, for all intents and purposes.

RosyLovelady - 15 Dec 2018 09:15:32 (#9 of 23)

It's an example of the Rule of Three which supposedly makes something true which was previously in doubt.

fenderstrat - 15 Dec 2018 09:16:31 (#10 of 23)

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

HoHoHoff - 15 Dec 2018 09:35:34 (#11 of 23)

That's more reasonable IMO. It nicely sums up the required parameters beyond merely telling some version of the truth.

JennyRad - 15 Dec 2018 10:32:11 (#12 of 23)

Is "way, shape and form" one of those old terms that derives from using both a ... Norman word and a Saxon one or something? Like "kith and kin" or "time and tide"? "Hue and cry" might be another one?

I'm reasonably sure we have a bunch of such phrases in English which are astonishingly old and because of merging two languages. But I am failing to find Google evidence and am only guessing that this could be another such phrase.

Delighted_User - 15 Dec 2018 11:24:45 (#13 of 23)

No.

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/176786
/any-way-shape-or-form

Delighted_User - 15 Dec 2018 11:28:17 (#14 of 23)

Also, "kith and kin" is purely Old English, as "hue and cry" is purely Norman French.

indlovubill - 15 Dec 2018 11:28:24 (#15 of 23)

Shape is a more precise description of form, way being the method.

browserbutton - 15 Dec 2018 13:06:13 (#16 of 23)

The expression 'in any way, shape or form' makes me think of lawyers and their cunningly worded documents.

carterbrandon - 15 Dec 2018 13:08:42 (#17 of 23)

#9: Away with your Plain English, you half educated oik. Where were you when we were doing hendiatris in Rhetoric prep?

browserbutton - 15 Dec 2018 13:12:50 (#18 of 23)

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- The Jimi Hendiatris Experience

OneOfOne - 15 Dec 2018 15:11:23 (#19 of 23)

Can you describe shape or form without vectors

Circle of diameter 1?

CarlosFandango - 17 Dec 2018 09:21:24 (#20 of 23)

How the chuff is way anything close to a synonym for shape or form?

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