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May
17
comment I'm looking for a word opposite to dying
@QPaysTaxes …and its gerund form is kindling as well.
Mar
28
comment Can “wonder if” be followed by a subjunctive clause only?
Here's an ngram chart with the "was" indicative variants as well. They rise quickly in recent years (since about 1975).
Mar
6
comment Word or phrase for doing something poorly so that someone else does it for you?
Related: Cunningham's Law.
Feb
23
comment “The the” next to each other
What if it were "a The Republic DLC," if there were multiple? It seems that this article duplication would be warranted to specify that you're not referring to all of them or the only one. Then, by extension, if there were multiple, couldn't "the The Republic DLC" be correct—as in "The The Republic DLC currently on sale is the most popular ever"?
Feb
16
comment Word that accentuates the stillness of an object?
While not wrong, this has a very peaceful connotation, which may not jibe with the intended usage: "the bodies were at rest" and "the bodies were deathly still" come across quite differently, IMO.
Feb
9
comment Alternatives to “break a butterfly on a wheel”
There's also nuking the mosquito.
Feb
3
comment Sayings about “the first one is the biggest sinner”
And, of course….
Sep
24
comment What does “the storm booming without in solemn swells” mean?
@tchrist Well, without isn't used in its most common sense, so that's probably the confusion (although comparison with within shouldn't make it too difficult).
Aug
26
suggested rejected edit on Proper term for knowing four or more languages?
Jun
8
comment An explanation of the preface in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
We can also call a work that is "really about oneself, or revealing of oneself" roman à clef.
May
29
comment What word would be used for someone who shoots video
@keshlam Confirmed: it's in the OED as a derivative of videogram.
May
24
comment How would you describe this hair?
I think he means more the clumped nature than the tousled nature.
May
24
comment Are there English equivalents to Japanese word, ‘有名税-Tax on the famous’?
Interesting that the literal translation of 有名税 is "have name tax"—that is, a tax on those who have names.
Mar
2
comment Is “Know how to cook leeks”an idiom? What does “Read “Hamlet” and know how to cook leeks” mean?
Yep. On the other hand sometimes it underestimates them on the last page: doing a search for "PHP" yields 25 billion results, but jumping to the last page (page 39) takes that number down to 390. Obviously there's far more pages on PHP than that. Also interesting that they limit it to 39 pages anyway, so it doesn't matter if there's a trillion hits - you won't see them.
Mar
2
comment Is “Know how to cook leeks”an idiom? What does “Read “Hamlet” and know how to cook leeks” mean?
Now, suddenly, we're up to 21,500 results for "know how to cook leeks"! Once you actually go to page ten, though, the number drops to 33...
Feb
13
comment What's an accurate easy-to-understand way of referring to the brown outer part of a fried egg?
I would actually peg this as "not easy to understand" for two reasons: (1) eggwhite contains white, when the subject in question is brown; (2) caramelized refers to a specific process whose effects (browning) may not be known to the audience. In other words, it requires too much thought.
Jan
14
comment “I like it that” vs. “I like that”
These sites (DeAnza college, University of Pittsburgh, Portland Community College) are the top three Google results for noun clause with that site:edu and all demonstrate the same structure. Wikipedia agrees, as does Dictionary.com. It's simply the definition. What do you think a noun clause is?
Jan
8
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Dec
15
comment “I like it that” vs. “I like that”
Wouldn't "that you speak French" be a noun clause, and so the sentence would be "I like [noun]," which is certainly correct?
Nov
17
comment There seems to be a subtle difference between the infinitive form of the verb 'to be' after a verb and the inflected form of the same; what is it?
By the way, the second phrase should be "John claims that he is...," using a noun clause.