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    The writing on the wall.

    “The writing is on the walls” or “The writing is on the wall”.

    I don’t know if I split hairs but I know in some idioms putting “s” at the end of a sentence would be an error, not sure if this is the case here. I have never used this idiom, nor have I seen it, until today (with “s”). I could not find anywhere the "s" ending.

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    He said that the most severe problems were found in isolated, single doctor practices. "The writing is on the walls" for these type of practices.

    Thank you.

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    Re: The writing on the wall.

    Use "wall" there.

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    #3

    Re: The writing on the wall.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_writing_on_the_wall

    It's an allusion to the Biblical story in the book of Daniel.

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    Re: The writing on the wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_writing_on_the_wall

    It's an allusion to the Biblical story in the book of Daniel.
    Very interesting. The decoded inscription sounds a bit likea verdict (of jury).

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    Re: The writing on the wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by Auldlangsyne View Post
    Very interesting. The decoded inscription sounds a bit likea verdict (of jury).

    Thank you.
    Yes, that is the idea. God judged them and found them wanting. Their destruction soon followed. That is why "the writing (or handwriting) on the wall" is a portent of doom.

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    Re: The writing on the wall.

    The whole story appeals to my imagination, thanks, and this in turn helps me a great deal in memorizing new words and phrases. Excellent way of learning idioms; I must say, no matter how difficult they may seem at first.

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