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Oct
12
comment What's proper English for 'experimentee'?
Note that "guinea pig" is also permitted when the subjects are in fact guinea pigs.
Oct
11
comment Friendlier way to express you paid for a person's drink/dinner and expect it to be paid back
Yes, "spot" is exactly the word I'd use here.
Feb
1
comment Why is X used when we pronounce it Z?
"… which is pronounced with an initial [ks]"
Jan
23
comment Is there a prefix that indicates that an event recurs four times a year?
Quadrennial means "every four years", like biennial means "every two years". Since biannual means "twice a year" (well, according to most people...), you might get away with quadriannual...
Nov
28
comment Use of “separation of church and state” in non-Christian countries
"The disestablishment of religion" might well be the useful phrase.
Nov
20
comment Differences between e.g., viz. and i.e.
i.e. would be better explained as "that is to say", which is closer to the Latin meaning (id est)
Nov
16
comment What is the preferred plural form of “bus”?
"The Motor Bus" may have something to say on the matter.
Oct
6
comment A word for a worldly wise person who pretends to be naïve?
I agree with @onomatomaniak. I don't like disingenuously naif, but disingenuous naivete works for me.
Apr
19
comment How do you pronounce the H in “an historian”?
@Reg No need to do it humbly -- that's an excellent question to point to.
Apr
19
comment How do you pronounce the H in “an historian”?
@Reg "the article depends on the pronunciation of the noun" -- that's the answer I was looking for!
Feb
2
comment What is a respectful way to refer to a person who has died?
@Chris It's a subjunctive, so it functions as a third person imperative - "may (s)he rest in peace".