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Jun
29
comment What does “not” modify?
Why is this difficult to analyze on grammar grounds alone?
Dec
13
comment Usage difference between modest vs decent?
@RegDwighт how is the order unnatural? "decent three bedroom house" sounds fine to me.
Nov
10
comment Meaning of “Irish true”
Good point. It's probably a combination of both. Effective advertising will hook different viewers different ways.
Nov
10
comment Meaning of “Irish true”
@StoneyB Very interesting. I don't know anything about Erse. Do you have a link to further information? Google keeps thinking that I'm misspelling erase.
Nov
10
comment What's the meaning of the 'had'?
Horror fiction or graduate school?
Nov
8
comment Is this ellipsis or can 'guilty' be used as a noun?
@AndrewLeach Is there a post for the verbifying of nouns? :-)
Nov
8
comment “To be” or just “be”
What if you consider "be" to be the subjunctive form of "to be"? Can't a clause in the subjunctive mood follow the verb "expect"?
Oct
9
comment What is the word for the opposite of “preferred”?
I absolutely love "unsuitable"! I think "atypical" might be too nebulous, in this context, because the preferred patterns for one area can be "atypical" in the sense of very specific.
Oct
9
comment What is the word for the opposite of “preferred”?
I'm curious on your opinion on the difference between "patterns of abnormal input" and "abnormal patterns of input". Instinctively I write the latter, but you wrote the former. Am I splitting hairs?
Sep
14
comment What do you call someone who uses Twitter?
@AndrewLeach: It's not general reference if it's a subject of debates. Some references say 'Twitter user'. Others say 'tweeter' or 'tweep'. Without a consensus or dictionary entry, this seems like a reasonable question.
Sep
14
comment What do you call someone who uses Twitter?
If you're going to vote to close it would be helpful to say why.
Aug
27
comment “Your interview with him.” Who is the interviewer?
@LessPop_MoreFizz: Point taken. That point should be made to a larger audience, which could also benefit from knowing why the downvoter did downvote.
Aug
25
comment What does the phrase “Vast majority of people live in the world without” mean?
Edited @StoneyB
Aug
25
comment Mixing adjectives and nouns in scientific writing
@JohnLawler Do you want to qualify that statement? Setting aside the dismissive tone I may be incorrectly interpreting, English does have ways to indicate the grammatical function of a word beyond position. Not all words can be used in all grammatical contexts. For example, why aren't 'good' and 'well' interchangeable?
Aug
25
comment Mixing adjectives and nouns in scientific writing
@JohnLawler: Ah, so you parse "monkey cortex" as a compound noun, similar to "distance learning", instead of and adjective preceding a noun.
Aug
25
comment A word for being troubled at others' potential schadenfreude against me
BTW there is a Greek cognate: epicaricacy
Aug
25
comment A word for being troubled at others' potential schadenfreude against me
It depends on what troubles the "object" is having. I can't think of something better than the periphrastic "happy at my expense."
Aug
25
comment “Blow your heads off ” or “blow your head off ”
Or, there could be many people with one head. Many people seem to share one brain.
Aug
25
comment Words that end with “mt”
Although a little crass language here's the wiki answer: wiki.answers.com/Q/…
Aug
25
comment Words that end with “mt”
Also posted here: funtrivia.com/askft/Question98856.html