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Jan
18
comment When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
@tchrist I don't really understand what you mean
Jan
18
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Jan
18
comment When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
@Jim Ahh I see! But it doesn't change the difference between Unforgivable and Forgiveable
Jan
18
comment When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
@RegDwightѬſ道 no I hadn't seen that. It looks like a perfectly good answer. I've submitted a close request (exact duplicate). I'm note sure if it could be merged.
Jan
18
comment What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?
@slim But the OED gives no indication that one definition is more or less correct than the other. All it does is state that the 'incorrect' usage of the word pre-dates the correct usage of the word.
Jan
18
comment Should it be “Happy Birthday!” or “Happy birthday!” when used as a two word sentence?
@masarah why is the expression "Happy Birthday" and not "Happy birthday" ?
Jan
18
comment What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?
@Marcin the OED defines both my interpretation and yours as definitions of acronym. I'm not sure what to think of that. Also the OED definition of abbreviation makes not link between the two.
Jan
18
comment When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
@FumbleFingers that's why I referenced the OED as well.
Jan
18
comment What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?
@Marcin BBC pronounced Beeb. Also, personally "BBC and VAT are abbreviations but not acronyms, since they're pronounced letter-by-letter" sounds counter-intuitive to my native-english mind.
Jan
18
revised When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
added 8 characters in body
Jan
18
comment When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
@Jim I did, but only really focuses on hyphenation. What do you want me to get from that answer that I've missed?
Jan
18
comment What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?
@Charles I don't think grammar should be determined by someone's pronunciation, because then the topic becomes subjective. FWIW I've heard the BBC pronounced as Beeb and I personally pronounce VAT as vat
Jan
18
comment What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?
@Marcin "A word formed from the initial letters of other words" In the case of BBC the initial letters are B ritish B roadcasting C ompany. Compared with abbreviation: "A shortened form of a word or phrase" If it was Brit. Broad. Comp. I'd say it was an abbreviation. I see the two as mutually exclusive, but I admit I might be wrong.
Jan
18
asked When to drop the 'e' when ending in -able?
Jan
18
comment What is the correct capitalisation of the word “sonar”?
The BBC is and VAT are not abbrev. but acronyms.
Jan
18
comment How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?
@ZJR Scalding Warm sounds like an oxymoron. Scalding implies a great amount of heat, warm implies a minimal amount.
Jan
16
accepted Word for something made of two parts
Jan
16
comment Word for something made of two parts
Colloidal doesn't fit as one medium isn't truly suspended in the other, at least not as far as I know.
Jan
16
comment Word for something made of two parts
@Kris in this technical case the use of composite fits because "composite possesses properties not achievable with any of its individual constituent elements alone"
Jan
16
comment Word for something made of two parts
@JimiOke Binary composite would definitely work though.