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Mar
5
comment What is a feminine version of “dude”?
It's not necessarily a bad word, but I don't recall ever hearing someone use "chica" to address a woman. At least in places I've lived -- mostly in New York, Ohio, and Michigan -- it is not a word in anything remotely resembling common use.
Mar
5
comment Need clarification about some metaphors/slangs used by a girl I met online
He's asking for interpretation of idioms and slang. That seems well within scope to me.
Mar
4
revised Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives
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Mar
4
comment “Occupation” and “professional occupation (plus calling and career)” vs. “vocation” and “professional vocation”
Well ... it would sound odd to me. It could make sense in the right context. Like, "I used to dream of becoming a concert violinist, but I realize that that is just not going to happen." "That's too bad. So what is your current vocation?", meaning, "So what do you plan to do now?" And as I started out, "vocation" can be used as a synonym for "occupation", so it would not be totally off the wall to ask that. But yes, it sounds odd to me.
Mar
4
comment Need clarification about some metaphors/slangs used by a girl I met online
@terdon True, but given his statement that she asked what he had for lunch and he said "food", I think she meant it in the sense I described. But yes, "feisty" can also mean "flirtatious" or, in the right context, "sexually aggressive".
Mar
4
answered Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives
Mar
4
answered “Occupation” and “professional occupation (plus calling and career)” vs. “vocation” and “professional vocation”
Mar
4
answered Need clarification about some metaphors/slangs used by a girl I met online
Feb
24
comment “Belated happy birthday” or “happy belated birthday”?
I have just conducted a thoroughly scientific study of birthday cards, consisting of internet image searches on "happy belated birthday" and "belated happy birthday" and counting images that looked like cards. Before I got bored counting, I found 20 "Happy Belated Birthday", 4 "Belated Happy Birthday", and 18 other ("Sorry I missed your Birthday", etc.) So despite the fact that I think "Belated Happy Birthday" makes a lot more sense, apparently card manufacturers disagree.
Feb
24
comment “Belated happy birthday” or “happy belated birthday”?
I presume that saying "Happy Birthday" will not actually cause someone to be happy on that day. So whether you say it the day before or a week later, so what? If you insist on a rational interpretation, you could say that you mean "I hope that your just-past birthday was happy" as opposed to "I hope that your upcoming birthday will be happy".
Feb
24
comment “Belated happy birthday” or “happy belated birthday”?
Those saying that a birthday can't be belated must not know any women over about 25. Women very often delay celebrating their 30th birthday until they're about 40. :)
Feb
14
comment Is “solutioning” a correct word?
@RegDwigнt I did not mean that this is a bad idea because I personally hate it, but rather that I personally hate it because it is a bad idea. Surely whenever someone says "please don't do this", the understanding is that we are encouraging the person not to do it because it is bad, not that somehow our use of the word "please" is some sort of reason why it is bad.
Feb
10
comment Is “Far East” politically incorrect?
BTW I haven't done a study of this, but I think most world maps made in the United States put the Western Hemisphere on the left and the Eastern Hemisphere on the right, breaking about the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Second most popular is to put the Western Hemisphere in the middle and break the Eastern Hemisphere into two pieces, some on the left and some on the right, with a break through central Asia somewhere. Like the map shown above.
Feb
7
comment How do I properly use [sic] for a phrase? Or do I use it at all?
@Murphy I believe both "comparison with" and "comparison to" are routinely used. Google ngrams shows "with" as more popular but plenty of "to"s out there. books.google.com/ngrams/… Both seem equally semantically valid to me.
Jan
23
comment “Cancelled” or “Canceled”?
When I was a kid in (American) school, I was taught that if the final vowel is short, double the consonant before adding -ed or -ing. This rule made sense to me as the resulting word then followed the usual rules for determining if the vowel is long or short. To my eyes, "canceled" should be pronounced "kan-seeld". This is the rule I followed until Microsoft spell-check came along and told me it was wrong. I see from Google ngrams that "cancelled" was more popular than "canceled" until circa 1985, so I wonder if Microsoft spell-check is, in fact, dictating the future course of the language!
Jan
21
comment American vs. British English: meaning of “One hundred and fifty”
Sometimes. That's what I mean by my second sentence. Sometimes it's read "one hundred and fifty", other times "one hundred fifty". I was taught that the "correct" way is without the "and", but if that's the rule, it is widely ignored.
Jan
20
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Jan
13
comment When is it appropriate to use the title “Miss” as opposed to “Ms.”?
I'm not sure what you mean by "the proper way". We've had discussions here before about what most people actually say in practice versus rules somebody wrote in a book 100 years ago. In the US, anyway, most married women refer to themselves as "Mrs. Mary Smith". "Mrs. Fred Smith" is not unheard of but very, very rare. A couple together may be referred to as "Mr. & Mrs. Fred Smith", I don't think that's too uncommon, especially on invitations to a formal event.
Jan
7
comment Austin Powers: “Oh Behave” - what does it mean?
As an American, I often get a laugh out of how Americans are portrayed in British TV and movies -- exaggerated stereotypes of being greedy and arrogant and always walking and talking very fast. Sometimes I notice obvious stereotypes of other nationalities in American movies, other times I probably miss them because, that's how all British/Germans/Japanese/whatever are, isn't it?
Jan
7
answered What does “the height of inhumanity” mean in the context?