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answered Is “denigrate” a racist word?
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answered “…and all would have to be accounted for.” Improper sentence ending at 'for'. Please suggest alternative
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answered Even though, or, even if?
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comment spoken exam/speaking exam
If I saw the phrase "aural exam", I'd assume it was testing the power of your aura. :-)
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answered spoken exam/speaking exam
Nov
10
answered Can you call someone a “leaf blower” without being offensive?
Nov
10
answered When do you say “Earth” and when “The Earth”?
Nov
10
comment How to say “some sort of reason”
@FumbleFingers It's common enough for people to say, "I have reasons but I'm too busy to tell you what they are" or "but I can't explain because you wouldn't understand" or "you must take my word for it because I am an Expert" or the like. Well there may be times when I really wouldn't understand, etc, in general when I hear such an argument, I conclude that the speaker has no good evidence, or he would be happy to present it. How much weaker still if the speaker admits he's not sure of his reasons himself!
Oct
16
comment When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?
@guifa Actually I was making a joke about your statement "I'm SAE". To me "SAE" is the label you see on motor oil and some auto parts and stands for "Society of Automotive Engineers". I doubt that's what you meant but I have no idea what you did mean.
Oct
14
comment When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?
@guifa So you tend to think of locations in terms of highway exits because you are a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers?
Oct
14
comment When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?
@guifa And what is the difference in meaning between the two questions? If someone mentioned, say, the city of York, and you then asked "Where is it?", I would likely reply, "In northern England." If you asked, "Where is it at?", wouldn't the logical reply be the same?
Oct
11
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
9
comment When is my son's first birthday?
Wow, this is the most up-votes I've gotten for any answer I've posted on this site, and I really didn't see it as all that brilliant or insightful nor was it a lot of work to write. Well, on another Stackexchange site I got my most up-votes for my answer to "What is your favorite programmer joke". :-)
Oct
9
comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
@JohnLawler The intent of my comment was to postulate that your name is being used as a vulgarity. To say that it is improbable that this would happen ... well, duh. Perhaps I should clarify that my intent was not to insult you but simply to invent a whimsical example.
Oct
8
awarded  Guru
Oct
8
comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
... most people deep down would have hurt feelings even if they did put up a good front.) If you are married or have a girlfriend, she would likely be more offended for you than you are for yourself. You don't have to suppose that she believes that anything physically bad will happen to you or others because people use your name as a swear word. It's just the insult of it.
Oct
8
comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
@JohnLawler I doubt that most people who object to vulgar language object on the basis that they believe that "bad things will happen magically" if you use such words. Rather, I think most object because such words bring distasteful or unpleasant images to mind that they would rather not have, or because they see them as an insult to their beliefs or their group. If every time someone made a stupid mistake people said, "Oh, he really pulled a John Lawler yesterday!", I think you'd find that insulting and would be offended. (Depending on your personality, you might laugh along, but I think ...
Oct
7
comment When is my son's first birthday?
@DavidMulder Umm, I said that I WOULDN'T say never in the history of the world. "Wouldn't" = "would NOT".
Oct
7
comment When is my son's first birthday?
@DavidMulder Well, now I'll have to start studying every form I see. I wouldn't say that no one, ever, in the history of the world, has labeled a space on a form "Birthday" and expected to get the month, day, and year of the person's birth. But from my anecdotal experience, it's very rare. Now I'll have to do a statistical study. I wonder if I can get a government grant.
Oct
7
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