Bêtement is a French word whose literal meaning is 'in the manner of an animal'. It is often used metaphorically, to describe an action carried out in a robotic fashion – without thinking. How would ...
If I want to question someone about what makes up a given dish, which of the following sentences is the most appropriate ? What is this dish made up of ? What is this dish made from ? It ...
In order to answer a question I have to take a look at a document that is not with me by the time that question was raised. Which of the below sentences is more suitable to express that idea? I ...
I have a situation in which i want to say that a particular task i just completed was rather silly, a fool's errand, but i need to phrase it in such a way as it doesn't insult the management team that ...
Pluralizing a thing expressed by a quoted or hyphenated phrase, e.g. better-than-nothing or “better than nothing”
I found myself writing And so, they went on amassing better-than-nothing's. because I wanted better-than-nothing to be a kind of catchphrase, referred to in this form consistently throughout my ...
When and why did the word "like" come to be used to introduce an action, or even as a meaningless filler word, e.g. "He was like, [action or quote]."
I once asked some English people the following question: "At what time do you go to sleep?" They gave me a blank stare. You see, I tried to avoid the standard expression "At what time do you go to ...
Yesterday, a six-year-old girl was found dead in a septic tank of a demolition site. The preliminary analysis given by the police was that this had a sheer accident. Q1: "a six-year-old girl was ...
Does the phrase “don't even pass the laugh test” pass as an idiomatic expression, or only a set of words?
I was intrigued to the phrase, ‘the argument doesn’t pass even the laugh test’ in the following statement of Bruce Schneier, a security technologist on the debate about whether Edward J. Snowden who ...