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Conceptual limitations of the English Language? [on hold]

In ancient Greece their language presupposed that the use of a term implied the existence of its referent. This inherent limit of their language was the cause of the Aristotelian assumption which took ...
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Use of *this* to refer to both sides of a telephone conversation? [closed]

By convention, complementary words like here/there and this/that are relative in their usage, i.e., their meaning depends on which side of the conversation they fall into. However, To introduce ...
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Has the use of the idiom “last week” surpassed the use of the correct “yester-week”?

In his book Write It Right, which was published in 1909 -– a hundred years ago -- Ambrose Bierce disagreed with the usage of the words “Last” and “Past” with “week”. He explained : Last and Past. ...