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Nov
29
comment Present perfect continuous and “for”
Only if you use "knowing" in the biblical sense.
Nov
29
comment A science-verb? Sciencing?
"Verbing weirds language" Calvin & Hobbes
Nov
29
comment When to use inverted word-order like “great an option”?
Possibly also OP missed an "an" -- i.e. it was "That is great as an option". I can visualize that for example in the context of building a menu.
Nov
24
comment Is there such a term as “dinner box”?
Yes to all the above. Thinking about times I've done overnight support etc I think I would just say something like "I brought my own dinner/tea" rather than any specific term.
Nov
24
comment Would “Greetings” be a better word to greet someone any time than the word “Hello”?
Yes, or "Good afternoon/evening". I would be guided by local idiom.
Nov
23
comment What's the correct word to use in order to prompt the user to enter the data in a computer app: “Enter” or “Insert”?
"Enter" is the standard term both in terms of programming and user experience.
Nov
22
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
My sincerest contrafibularities, Tim
Nov
22
comment Can I use “but” at the beginning of a sentence?
Please note that people saying it is possible below are able to provide authoritative references. "People are entitled to their own opinions. They are not entitled to their own facts."
Nov
21
comment What is the word for “making something proper”
"Standardize"? "Make compliant"? Tbh, I think the question is so vague only "fix" would work.
Nov
20
comment Do I need to add “to” in every clause in this sentence?
How about this example sentence fragment? "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." The "to"s are not required but add a certain dramatic emphasis, rhythm and, I think, a suggestion that it's not a prioritized list but are all equal goals.
Nov
20
comment What does “touch off a scramble” mean? Is it an idiom or simple combination of “touch off” and “a scramble”?
Scramble may have been more popular after the Battle of Britain as that was the word used for a fast deployment of fighters. RAF pilots would "scramble" their aircraft.
Nov
19
comment Where does the phrase “get a bye” come from?
My Concise Oxford dictionary of Etymology makes some rather ambiguous reference to "secondary" events in sports but my google-fu is proving weak today.
Nov
19
comment Alternate database term for variations in data?
How about "anthropocentric presentation format"? ;-) You might want to google "FD:OCA" - for support for using "format".
Nov
18
comment What's the antonym for 'word'?
"Noise"? It carries the secondary implication of "signal to noise ratio".
Nov
17
comment Why don't Americans write “devor” instead of “devour”?
@Clément - lol! Lost track while trying to remember charmap to get the accent characters. Thanks for the correction.
Nov
17
comment Why don't Americans write “devor” instead of “devour”?
@Irene, sorry if I came across snooty, I was in a rush as I had to prepare my daughter's tea.
Nov
17
comment Why don't Americans write “devor” instead of “devour”?
@Irene, thank you but I have read on the subject e.g. amazon.co.uk/Story-English-Robert-McCrum/dp/0571275087/… If you follow the bl.uk link above as well you'll find a remarkably concise illustration. BTW the language(s)/dialects spoken by the Anglo-Saxons is usually referred to as Old English.
Nov
17
comment Why don't Americans write “devor” instead of “devour”?
Partly because English inherited via French (dévour) via Old French (dévorer) and the Latin as Raku says. So blame the French!
Nov
17
comment Why don't Americans write “devor” instead of “devour”?
For those interested bl.uk/learning/langlit/changlang/across/languagetimeline.html
Nov
17
comment Why don't Americans write “devor” instead of “devour”?
I just checked my copy of the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Language" and English is classified as Indo-European -> Germanic -> West-Germanic.