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Valetudinarian Oxford English Dictionary: A person who is unduly anxious about their health.
To wrangle: To manage or herd (horses or cattle).(AHD) Meaning "take charge of horses" is by 1897, American English.(Etymonline) to wrangle up: to drive/move the cattle together (into an enclosure, for instance).
It is a example of verbiage: an excess of words for the purpose; wordiness.(AHD) the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity. (Collins)
When used to speak of ideas, this and that are used in a kind of metaphor for proximity, as when this (near me) is compared to that (over there). Ideological distance, like physical distance, is relative, so there is much blurriness in general usage over when to use which demonstrative pronoun. However, if the speaker remembers the analogy of proximity ...
My father was born in 1898, was well-educated and was on the route to Oxbridge until World War 1 intervened. He was not given to swearing very much but he sometimes used the adjectives "damned", "blasted" and - a milder expletive - "dashed". Because he served in the trenches in WW I, I can presume that he knew others of a more sexual nature but did not use ...
My father, who was born in 1898, was not given to swearing very much but he sometimes used the adjectives "damned", "blasted" and - a milder expletive - "dashed". Because he served in the trenches in WW I, I can presume that he knew others of a more sexual nature but did not use them within his young son's hearing.
"I can go there" contradicts a suggestion that you can't go there. "I could go there" implies that you won't go there, even though you could. Since "could" has an interpretation "used to be able to", another way of construing "I could go there" is that it implies you can't go there any longer, even though you used to be able to. These interpretations ...
My opinion in this regard is that, will is used in the case of surety and would is used in the case in which we are not sure, but future always not sure. But take it sure when we will 100% agree and when there is a chance of 50-50.
My wife should've been dead - This means that she was in extreme danger and she was very lucky to escape death. My kids could've been dead - this means that the children were not in immediate danger (maybe they were in a different room) but the possibility was there - especially if the parents hadn't survived. Edited in response to comment Here is a ...
It's a good observation. Once upon a time, before electronic amplification, speaking to a large number of people needed lots of volume. Speaking very loudly takes more air. When you use more air, you run out faster, so phrases must be shorter. At least, that's my theory. Also, you need to use hyperarticulated vowels and consonants, to compensate for the ...
I think what you're referring to is "diction" - and the reason it's more apparent in old movies (and such) is because it used to actually be part of a child's education (public and private schools) to learn how to speak properly. Since the wealthier class was better educated,knowing how to express oneself gracefully was thought to be a way to bridge the gap ...
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