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Jan
23
answered The origin of “been to” and “gone to”
Jan
23
answered Long subjects in indirect questions
Jan
20
comment English generator algorithms
Is this really on-topic? It sounds more like a linguistics question than an English one.
Jan
9
comment What is the correct pronunciation of the word “route”?
I would if I knew how.
Dec
25
comment Why is it “Merry” Christmas, but “Happy” New Year?
Many of my relatives say "Happy Christmas", but it sounds wrong to my ear too.
Dec
25
comment Better words for “buff” and “debuff”
@JohnLawler he's using the sense in which it's normally used in RPGs.
Dec
21
comment “Who is one to believe” or “which one to believe”
You might try instead "who should one believe?"
Dec
21
comment Is “ … and was wondering …” correct?
This is a form of ellipsis, yes?
Dec
21
comment Origin of “come in handy”
I wonder why there is such a dip in usage of the phrase in the post-war era?
Dec
21
comment Origin of “come in handy”
At some point in the late 90s, IIRC, it was simultaneously slang for a cell phone ("mobile phone" in the UK, apparently?) and for a certain portion of male anatomy. A commercial for one brand of cell phone played upon this ambiguity.
Dec
16
comment “To do this or do that” or “to do this or *to* do that”?
Ellipsis is really only frowned upon in cases where it could create ambiguity, IMHO.
Dec
9
comment Is there a single noun that describes “need not”?
'non-necessity' seems fine to me.
Dec
6
comment What is the origin of the idiom “Hong Kong dog”?
@Hugo he's looking for the origin, not the meaning.
Dec
4
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Dec
4
revised What does “with a thing for” mean in this context?
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Dec
4
comment What does “with a thing for” mean in this context?
This is about an idiom. single-word-requests are when you know the concept and are looking for a word to express it.
Dec
4
comment “As a(n) X”, followed by a statement not from the perspective of X
When dangling, watch your participles.
Nov
26
comment What is the uncontracted form of “won't ever”?
This is primarily because "will not ever" is awkward to say.
Nov
24
comment Is there such a term as “dinner box”?
The reason we don't say "dinner box" is exactly that it isn't at all common to pack a dinner, as compared to packing a lunch.
Nov
22
comment Origin of “Too Clever by Half”
I tend to parse it as meaning one and a half times as clever as one ought to be.