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Dec
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comment Are words like “scissors” plural?
@Darrick Herwehe I think Centaurus's warning about maths and aerobics is not about the math/maths regional variation, but refers to the fact that these words are always treated as singular in spite of looking like plurals. I (a Brit, if you can't tell) would say "Maths is my favourite subject", but never "Maths are my favourite subject".
Jun
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comment What is the opposite of Optimal?
In the context of computing, I have also come across pessimization as a somewhat tongue-in-cheek opposite of optimization
Jun
8
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
@John Gietzen: I meant soft g as in "George" and hard g as in "go". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_and_soft_G
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Sep
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answered What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Sep
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comment “In order to…”, “To…” or “For…”
I've also noticed "for to" being used, especially by Irish people: "I studied a lot for to pass the exams". I don't know whether they would begin a sentence with "For to..." or whether it's generally accepted as correct.