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I speak UK English with a slight scottish twist


Aug
3
answered Is there any alternative expression to “Brace Yourself ”
Aug
3
answered Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
Aug
3
comment Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
Flattery will get you anywhere!
Aug
3
comment Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
"Muse factor"? Considering both the verb and noun meanings of the word.
Aug
3
comment Is it proper to use “would” here?
+1 - as a coder I'd prefer the "would" version as it signals that the requirement may not be accepted/ justified/ cost effective. In CICS development we'd often flag code as "NREL"ed - "Next RELease" when someone is changing the code for other reasons then do this change while you're there.
Aug
3
answered Opposite of a “southpaw”
Aug
3
comment Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
+1 as it has me thinking ;-)
Jul
27
comment Accurate British English term for an oblong deck from shore out into a lake where you tie your rowing boat
From the dictionary link above - a jetty "projects into a body of water to influence the current or tide". It's a more substantial thing than the OP.
Jul
27
revised Does the word “Intellectual” imply intelligence?
added 47 characters in body
Jul
27
answered Does the word “Intellectual” imply intelligence?
Jul
27
comment What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?
I'd also add that "down to you" can also mean "you have to do it/it's your responsibility".
Jul
26
comment Punctuating a phrase leading up to a question
But "Let us pose the question" does? I've seen it with colons after that and for some reason a period after "Let us pose the following question."
Jul
26
answered Is “I've seen a lot (of them) using…” grammatical without the object?
Jul
26
comment What is the subject of the following sentence?
"that involves" is establishing a restrictive condtion on "adverse reactions (to an otherwise harmless food or food component)" and as such should match the reactions which is plural.
Jul
10
comment What is the factual basis for “pirate speech”? (Did pirates really say things like “shiver me timbers”?)
It's supposed to be a Bristol accent. Which leads to the joke: Q -Why do people from Bristol sound like pirates? A- because they aaaaarrrrrrr!
Jul
10
comment Definite article: Subject verb agreement
cf "The husband and wife greet the guest at the door." Even in these modern days the husband and wife are rarely the same person.
Jul
9
answered What is the most professional name for “squiggly bracket”?
Jun
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
15
comment What does “to spit a rat” mean?
Personally I use the variant "as far as I could happily spit a rat". Not sure where I heard it.
Apr
15
comment Is the sentence “Whose your daddy” interchangeable with “Who's your daddy”?
bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/…