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Nov
11
comment How do Torontonians pronounce the name of their hometown?
The real question is how would Iranians know the local pronunciation?
Oct
21
comment Why is this sentence: “Additional nine features were added…” incorrect?
additional implies that others were also added at some point
Oct
2
comment Is there a word analogous to 'shooting yourself in the foot'?
@Malvolio while backfire can refer to an engine, this use of the term predates the existance of an engine. It is also when a gun is blocked and the firing pin comes out the back, literally reversing the intended action and this is where the phrase comes from.
Sep
26
comment Preparing for metric dominance: alternatives to idioms using imperial units
@Robusto the new penny could be divided too when there was a half a pence coin! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halfpenny_%28British_decimal_coin%29
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
22
comment Is a “Tale” less factual than a “Story”?
you could also use "survivor's account"
Sep
19
comment “Quyer” When and why did the spelling change so drastically?
Don't forget that books and even writing were limited to a small proportion of the population and due to invasions, etc. writing in particular over speech had more influence by the French.
Sep
17
comment Why is “cupboard” pronounced with a silent “p”?
Some letters are supposed to be silent, particularly when spoken with good enunciation.
Sep
17
comment Why is “cupboard” pronounced with a silent “p”?
@Cyberherbalist out of interest, where did you originate, outside the UK?
Sep
9
comment Usage of “fanny” as verb
@AAT technically you might be right, but I haven't seen anything showing that it is derived from the other meaning either. How else do you explain that the term is massively less offensive than the term fanny on it's own? This term comes from an era where people had this as their name, the popularity of slang for vagina is much newer.
Sep
9
answered Why do sentences that start with “guess” end with a question mark?
Sep
8
comment Usage of “fanny” as verb
only the sort of people who would be offended by the word cockpit! It is someone's name, you can't declare a name to be arbitrarily offensive.
Sep
8
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Sep
8
comment Usage of “fanny” as verb
No it hasn't, at least in England there is a significant difference in where the terms can be used. Hence why it can be used in an early evening sitcom that goes out to families. I am an English, native English speaker so I understand the subtlety rather than simply comment on it as others have clearly done.
Sep
8
comment Usage of “fanny” as verb
The scale is wrong, fanny about is not vulgar at all. See my answer as to why.
Sep
8
answered Usage of “fanny” as verb
Sep
5
comment Why can we say 'an American' but not 'a British'?
@jamesdlin man is the species! I should not have to spell it out, engage brain pls.
Sep
4
comment Why can we say 'an American' but not 'a British'?
@Jay Only if you are being offensive
Sep
3
comment Why can we say 'an American' but not 'a British'?
@ColinFine well I can correct them at every opportunity :D
Sep
3
comment Is there a different understanding of “rubber” in British and American English?
@GEdgar are they astonished or are they just telling you proper English? ;)