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Since ancient times (don't know how ancient) existed the notion that the right hand and the right side were the "correct" ones, as can be seen in the meaning of sinister as "evil", from Latin sinister meaning "left". As the Online Etymology Dictionary says, Other derivations on a similar pattern to English right are French droit, from Latin directus ...


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Thanks is considered a plural noun, however used to denote one expression of gratitude. There is a transition in the history from the obsolete singular form to the current plural form. In OED, the latest examples of the singular form is from the end of the thirteenth century and the earliest examples of the plural form is from the beginning of fourteenth ...


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In addition to the good ideas from Tim Romano, I would add these: Rotation of text (especially handy for labeling charts/graphs, and for fitting text in tight columns, especially column headings). Borders around individual letters, words, phrases or paragraphs. Combinations of bold+underline, bold+italic, italic+underline, and bold+italic+underline. ...


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Taking your "words" to mean not just individual words but phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and arbitrary sections of text: Change-of-font: font face and/or font-size and or font-weight. Also, large word-initial capital can be used for emphasis with the first word in a section of text or paragraph. Block caps. Sidebars and insets (with a different ...


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Renal, hepatic, and cardiac are adjectives, while kidney, liver, and heart are nouns. Thus, their uses are quite different. As for using academic terms, there is a logic behind it. Everyday words are used in everyday situations. To be more precise in your meaning, you should use more precise words. For example, heart may be used in sentences such as, “You ...


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The simple answer to the OP is that it's a fixed expression because we've said thanks that way for many centuries: Old English þanc, þonc in late use "grateful thought, gratitude," plural form thanks from mid-13c., from the same root as thank (v.). Compare Old Saxon thank, Old Frisian thank, Old Norse þökk, Dutch dank, German Dank. The Old ...


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IMO, c is a "Please" imperative in passive voice using have see e.g., Current English Grammar and Usage. By J.V. Subrahmanyam, Sura College of Competition Imperative: Please, have another cup. or How to Prepare for the Michigan Test Battery By Pamela J. Sharpe Examples of Imperatives Please, have him call me ..


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Might also have evolved from the expression "kick off your shoes" a common expression which pretty well describes taking your shoes off, often WITHOUT using your hands: literally kicking them off. Therefore the shoes are "kicks", something that you kick off.


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I'm a sailor. I believe that this has a nautical origin, like many phrases. Along the lines refers to two things on a boat, and goes back centuries. One common use waas along the lines of the keel, referring to the midline on a boat. Similarly, lines of navigation were and are critical in successfully making passages, so along the lines also referred to the ...


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The savages flee before us in defeat, just like the cowards they are. For the most part, this sentence is perfectly fine. Nevertheless, before anyone can really tell you what is correct in 'archaic' English, you need to specify which era of archaic English you mean. For the sake of example, I will assume Elizabethan, since that's what usually pops into ...


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I would like that person to explain how I may better my style of writing and grammar. A few general suggestions for you: If English isn't your first language, you might find another forum helpful, not just for your own questions, but also to read other questions and their answers -- http://ell.stackexchange.com/ Try working with a good spell checker ...


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In 1964 Paul Krassner's 'The Realist' Magazine started to run a feature called "soft-core pornography," usually photographs from the mainstream media that could be interpreted in a sexual manner, most famously the August 1967 issue featuring Ronald Reagan. Krassner has stated that he derived the term from creating an opposite to the Supreme Court use of the ...


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From Wiktionary : -ist Added to words to form nouns denoting: a person with a particular creative or academic role; one who subscribes to a particular theological doctrine or religious denomination; one who owns or manages something; And : -er (added to verbs) Person or thing that does an action indicated by the ...


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It started out as a pidgin, a simplified version of Anglo-Saxon that Norse invaders could understand. Anglo-saxon was(is) highly inflected, "the king gives horses to his men" can be written in many different ways. "king giveth horses", "horses are giventh by king" "by king horses givening" (Not really Anglo-saxon but you get the idea). Now imagine you are ...



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