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an amateur linguist

"Not all grammar is cut and dried, right and wrong, but imbued with points of variability to explore." Pam Peters

"It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him." G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion


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comment Is “proven” very old -fashioned?
@PeterShor, I myself am quite baffled as to how to interpret that statement - hence a question mark in brackets [? - Alex B.].
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comment Hypernym of “triad”, “tetrad”, “pentad”
It could be a set.
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comment Etymology: to till the land
There's nothing unusual about this semantic change. OED "†1. intr. To strive, exert oneself, labour, work" developed into "4a. trans. To bestow labour and attention, such as ploughing, harrowing, manuring, etc., upon (land) so as to fit it for raising crops; to cultivate."
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answered Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?
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comment About the etymology of Bachelor
Le Grand Robert adds that OF bacheler (1080) was also used with the same meaning, cf. "Sous la féodalité, Jeune gentilhomme qui aspirait à devenir chevalier, et s'y préparait sous la conduite d'un seigneur."
Mar
29
comment About the etymology of Bachelor
OED says that the word bachelor (ME bacheler) originally meant "A young knight, not old enough, or having too few vassals, to display his own banner, and who therefore followed the banner of another; a novice in arms."
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comment “Café” vs. “coffee shop” in American English
Worth taking a look at baristaexchange.com/forum/topics/difference-between-coffee
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comment “Café” vs. “coffee shop” in American English
@Barney, LPD-3 (Wells 2008) says the following "sometimes also (but in RP only facetiously) kæf, keɪf."
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revised Achievement Verbs with the Progressive Aspect
added the link
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suggested approved edit on Achievement Verbs with the Progressive Aspect
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comment On the Origin of the Universal Quantifier: A Semiotic Etymology
Wikipedia says "The traditional symbol for the universal quantifier is "∀", an inverted letter "A", which stands for "for all" or "all". The corresponding symbol for the existential quantifier is "∃", a rotated letter "E", which stands for "there exists" or "exists"."