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We are confusing and conflating these forms here: 1. How do you say ... (in X)? This is asking for a word or phrase, perhaps specifying in language X. Example: *How do you say you're welcome in Hebrew? How do you say sandals in Japanese?* 2. What do you call … (in X)? This is asking for a word or phrase for something you're pointing at or describing. It ...


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Non-native speakers' "How do you call this?" is very infectious, and I'm unsurprised that Obama would use it while he was in Germany. But I've never seen it used by native speakers outside of the influence of non-native speakers. 'Call' in this sense takes two or three arguments: the word, the thing being named, and, optionally, the language speakers. So we ...


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There are no more in the sequence, other than (unofficially, for humorous effect, "frice", which I've never even heard used.) Even "thrice" is rarely used (other than somewhat ironically.) Instead, one just says "three times", "four times", etc; or, informally, "for the umpteenth time [clean your room!]" (or such, usually a parent to a teenager). A list of ...


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: spitefully in an unkind way in order to hurt or upset somebody synonym maliciously ‘I don't need you,’ she said spitefully. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/spitefully?q=spitefully Note: 'out of spite' : a feeling of anger towards another person that makes someone want to annoy, upset, or hurt them, especially in a small way: ...


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'How' asks about something you do and is answered primarily using a verb. So, the answer to "Are you crazy about Jack? - How do you mean 'crazy'?" uses verbs - I can't sleep nights, I think about him all the time, and I just want to go out dancing all the time. 'What' asks for a label or name and is answered primarily using a noun. So, the answer to ...


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I have been a newspaper editor for 47 years in Houston. Try thinking of it this way. "On-line" and "online" are just short for "on the line," the line being your connection to the World Wide Web. So we really have three choices. As we say in advertising, "Pick the one that's best for you." Now, after I initially posted this, I had this thought: Consider "on ...



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