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Apr
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comment Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”?
If it's order of deference, why not "girls and boys" instead of "boys and girls" then?
Apr
17
comment Use of the superlative when only two items are present
(I must assume, therefore, that they think staying at home and not voting is a valid option!)
Apr
17
comment Use of the superlative when only two items are present
Just got a booklet issued by Her Majesty's Government entitled "Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK."
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answered Opposite of “miracle”?
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answered Are there any “fake” French words used in English?
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Apr
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comment Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?
I like "Guests cannot bring their own food" or perhaps "Guests shall not bring their own food!"
Apr
10
comment Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?
@tchrist: I meant parlance I'd use with business associates or on a printed sign, rather than on an SMS between close friends.
Apr
10
comment Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?
@Mitch: The first definition of adjectives on oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/outside is the meaning I'm familiar with i.e. things pertaining to the outside e.g. outside lights. I suppose definition 2 (Not belonging to or coming from within a particular group, hence "outside contractors") is closest to that the meaning in question though "outside food" still sounds odd.
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