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Regardless of whether or not the "wr" phoneme exists officially in Modern English, I tend to find that the American dialect often pronounces "wr" slighly differently than the "r" as noted in other posts. A search for how to pronounce "wreck" shows the phoneme "rek" and the "write" shows the phoneme /rait/, but the actual pronunciation on the same websites ...


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It's often recommended to write out small numbers in full, and in this case it makes sense and is clear. "Please bring lots of one dollar and five dollar bills". If it's already clearly established that you are talking about dollar currency: "Please bring lots of ones and fives"


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In Google Books search results for 1900–2000, retryable (blue line) and retriable (red line) are very similar in total number of matches: Although retriable seems to have gained the upper hand since about 1995, its strong showing in recent years may be due in large part to a house style preference in its favor at one publisher, Springer-Verlag, whose ...


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Retryable is the more correct spelling, triable in the sense of able to be tested, is rare. Triable has a different meaning: 1) (Law) liable to be tried judicially subject to examination or determination by a court of law 2) (rare) able to be tested (Collins)


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According to The Guardian, the -y and -ie suffixes have different origins in English: y or ie? As a general rule: -y is an English suffix, whose function is to create an adjective (usually from a noun, eg creamy); -ie was originally a Scottish suffix, whose function is to add the meaning of "diminutive" (usually from a noun, eg beastie). So in ...


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As the following Ngram charts indicate, both spellings in each pair have a long history of use, but in each case the supersede version is significantly more common than the supercede version. Here is the chart for supercede (blue line) versus supersede (red line) for the period 1680–2008: Here is the corresponding chart for supercession (blue line) versus ...


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As explained in the Oxford English Dictionary entry for the term: The standard spelling is supersede rather than supercede. The word is derived from the Latin verb supersedere but has been influenced by the presence of other words in English spelled with a c, such as intercede and accede. The c spelling is recorded as early as the 16th century; although ...


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The corpora I checked indicate that both forms are used on both sides of the Atlantic. The BYU-BNC British National Corpus has 32 instances of chaperon and 32 of chaperone from the 1980s to 1993. The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) has 277 instances of chaperone and 60 instances of chaperon from 1990 to 2015. (I excluded the spoken sections.) ...


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The variant "chaperone" appears to be from a mistake: Chaperon: 1720, "woman accompanying a younger, unmarried lady in public," from French chaperon "protector," especially "female companion to a young woman," earlier "head covering, hood" (c. 1400), from Old French chaperon "hood, cowl" (12c.), diminutive of chape "cape" (see cap (n.)). "... ...


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Longest words I've found so far: thousandfold (12 letters, three syllables); the Oxford English dictionary says it is from Old English þúsendfeald drunkenness (11 letters, three syllables): Old English druncenness; there also are attested cases of oferdruncenness which would be even better if it were a modern English word overshadow (10 letters, four ...


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A grill was used at the counter when you went to the bank It protected the bank teller and was made of steel rods so you couldn't put your hands through and touch the cash So I think it means get away from my counter translated into get away from my face


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When two words are frequently used together people might start to hyphenate them, and then some time later they might start to concatenate them. It's a question of you having a feel for the usage and seeing which you are most comfortable using and with what audience, e.g. 'blogpost' with Tumbloggers and 'blog post' with your parents. But maybe that's your ...


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As stated by Etymonline auntie is originally an AmE term and aunty was just a variant. Checking with Ngram both terms were used from the late 18th century both in British and American English: Ngram Auntie BrE vs AmE Ngram Aunty BrE vs AmE Auntie(n.): 1787, also aunty, familiar diminutive form of aunt. As a form of kindly address to an older woman ...


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Every word in English is spelled the way it is because somebody spelled it that way at some point, and other people followed suit. There is no governing body that decides these things like in the French language. Words are made up all the time, taken from other languages all the time, and because English is spoken so broadly, imported from other regional ...


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The way the Japanese people write a foreign word or a loan word is unique and it is done using Katakana. The capital city of Italy, Rome, is "ローマ" and you pronounce it as Ro Ma with a long o sound. The word ji in ローマ字 means a character. So, the word ローマ字 (Romaji) means the characters of Rome or Roman characters. That's why it is written that way. The ...


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From Wikipedia The romanization of Japanese is the application of the Latin script to write the Japanese language. This method of writing is sometimes referred to in English as rōmaji If you know this (I didn't), your mind will automatically think romanji instead of romaji You have taught me a new word and how to misspell it in less than one ...


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I am searching for an answer to the same question. I wouldn't use 3d, 3-d, or 3-dimensional because I have never seen them. Longman dictionary says three-D or 3-D (Longman), but Oxford also says 3D (Oxford). So I think 3D or 3-D are accepted.


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The earliest match that I could find in a Google Books search for the exact spelling pescatarian is from DeCherney, DeCherney, Marshall & Brook, The Fiddlehead Cookbook: Recipes from Alaska's Most Celebrated Restaurant and Bakery (1991) [page readable on first view of the link, but not thereafter]: Most New England chowders start with bacon or salt ...


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I believe that I invented the word in 1994 as part of a catering training course I wrote and presented to chefs embarking on a career working in Mediterranean summer clubs and Alpine ski resorts. I wanted to define the type of food culture surrounding European seaside resorts, which is predominantly a mix of fish and vegetables, and created the noun ...


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As always, "Write for your reader." If your audience is in a country that speaks primarily BrEng, then use "colour." If your audience is in the United States, then use "color." Perhaps most importantly, be consistent in your spelling of the word within your document; i. e., never mix the two.


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Colour for the UK and color for the US. (Colour is the better way ;-) Its just the way different peoples start to spell words, that originate from the same word. Colour is older by about 200 years than to color. Most non US use 'colour' and depending on how you have your keyboard input settings, it may give error indication from either one.


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It stems from the Latin term "convertibilis", which means changeable. The term "convertible" is Old French, dating back to the 13th-14th century. I'd imagine they kept the i because it was more familiar with the original term.


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It appears that in the British English corpus the hyphenated version, non-stop music (blue line), is much preferred. Whereas in American English, the spelling nonstop music (red line) is overwhelmingly preferred, and has been since the 1980s. Dictionary.com informs that nonstop (without a space) was first used between 1900 and 1905. Choose whichever ...


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The Oxford Guide to Style (2002) does a nice job of identifying where mainstream UK and U.S. style preferences tend to diverge on the issue of how to handle prefixes such as non-: 5.10.2 Prefixes and combining forms Words with prefixes are often set as one word, but use a hyphen to avoid confusion or mispronunciation, particularly where there is a ...


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One has to differentiate between English in the traditional Oxford form or the Webster interpretation which is much more accepting of colloquialism. The correct Oxford English would be: non-stop


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Purely to move things along, here is the text from Ricky's link, best as I can transcribe it (from Notes on English Etymology by Walter William Skeat, 1904): Build. I have shown that our build is the A. S. byldan derived by vowel-change from bold, a dwelling. I have also considered the A. S. bold as borrowed from Icel. bōl, a dwelling. But I find ...


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I think part of the premise of this question is incorrect: it's not actually the case that "u" was added to the word bilden to form build between Middle English and Modern English. Modern English spelling is standardized, so we can talk about "the" spelling of most specific words. But there are usually multiple attested Middle English spellings that all ...


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There is no such thing as proper spelling, only what is popular at the moment or idiomatic to a country or region. Consider that the taste of food is spelled either "flavor" or "flavour" and that "tomorrow" used to be spelled "to-morrow" (as was to-day) and I think you'll see that. Personally, I would opt for "non-stop" however I am sure there are many ...


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Non is a prefix, so using non stop (two words) is incorrect. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non- Both forms are used, but a Google search of non-stop yields 347,000,000 results, and a Google search on nonstop yields 83,800,000 results. So as far as usage, non-stop is used four times more often than nonstop.


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The parentheses are intended to make the number easier to find for later reference. Technical writing has many guidelines, for good reasons, that would, also for good reasons, be considered violations in general writing.


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Here is what Grammar Girl has to say about it: Numbers in Parentheses "Don't put numbers in parentheses after words." By Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl July 23, 2015 Two readers recently asked whether they need to repeat a number in parentheses after they write out the word. Note that I did not write two (2) readers. ...


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Capital G refers to the one true God. Lowercase refers to false gods/dieties



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