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The sun never sets on the British vampire...


Aug
23
comment More formal way of saying: “Sorry to bug you again about this, but …”
This is by far the best answer - it's completely lacking in rudeness, and isn't overly flowery or long-winded. Polite, clear, to the point!
Mar
3
comment “Complimentary” vs “complementary”
Sure, but I might feel like breakfast in the morning completes my hotel stay package...
Mar
3
comment “Complimentary” vs “complementary”
Good way of thinking about it! Thank you!
Mar
3
comment “Complimentary” vs “complementary”
Yes, I think it is pretty simple to work out which spelling it should be, in any given case. I guess I still feel like "free and on the house" does not completely tally in my mind with the normal meaning of "complimentary", as in, presumably, "like or pertaining to a compliment".
Mar
3
comment “Complimentary” vs “complementary”
But "that dress really goes with your eyes" is complimentary! (Sorry, I'm being a little facetious now ;)
Feb
17
comment Is “my bad” a correct English phrase?
@Malvolio: I think all those adjectives do actually specifically qualify "huddled masses"... they're not just being used in isolation!
Feb
11
comment Is “ad hominem” gender-neutral?
Ad feminam is sort of witty, but it also derives from a basic misunderstanding of the Latin (see my answer below). This in turn probably originates from people who think "homosexual" refers to "man-love" and not "same-love". In fact "homo" and "ad hominem", in Latin, have nothing whatsoever to do with gender.
Jan
6
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
@Atomix: Oh year, Niamh is probably Irish. That would make sense!
Jan
4
comment “With who” vs. “with whom”
Upvoting Kosmonaut's comment. Your sentence is absolutely correct - but it does sound a lot fussier and more pedantic than people like in modern, idiomatic English...
Nov
30
comment BBC: “Man convicted of murdering his girlfriend and their 10-month-old daughter at Winchester Crown Court”
Sometimes I think that the BBC staff quite likes trying to sneak little grammatical jokes into the fix. They're pretty good at subversive picture captions, too.
Nov
26
comment What is the difference between “ostensibly” and “probably”?
Another upvote for the second of two answers which are much better than the accepted answer!
Nov
23
comment Why are some words combined into a single word while others stay as two words?
I would have said "anytime" and "sometime" were controversial, also. "My sometime drinking buddy" means my former drinking buddy, but events in the past happened "some time ago". Similarly, I see "any time" a lot more frequently than "anytime", I think.
Nov
23
comment Why does one count mississippily?
@Chris, @JohnoBoy: fair enough guys! I come from a culture where if you can make a pretty good, evidentially-based guess at an answer it's considered a worthwhile contribution to a debate (or at least not a serious offence). I couldn't find any hard-and-fast rules in the FAQ about how sure you have to be of your answers, but since it's at least two against one now I'll make sure not to submit mere educated guesses as answers in future :)
Nov
22
comment Central Pennsylvanian English speakers: what are the limitations on the “needs washed” construction?
In British English we say "this car needs washing" and similar phrases a lot - I can't remember if that construction is normal in the US?
Nov
22
comment Why “ladybird”?
Interesting... I guess it was a "ladybird" and not a "ladybug" in America too at the time then, and it's only recently that the less whimsical-sounding name has truly taken over.
Nov
22
comment Why does one count mississippily?
@Chris Dwyer: what, you'd rather people didn't disclose when they were making an educated guess instead of being 100% absolutely certain of their answer? I'm just trying to build a world where honesty isn't a dirty word. Since (it seems that) my answer was neither misleading nor wrong, I don't really understand the problem you're having.
Nov
22
comment How to remember using “have” instead of “of”?
Darn it, I know the Victorians were onto something with their instance in not ending sentences/clauses with a preposition. "This example of which I thought is much more agreeable, though rather prissy-sounding."
Nov
22
comment How to remember using “have” instead of “of”?
@Dusty: Intervening punctuation marks are hardly fair! Quotation marks also can result in an "of" coming directly before (the infinitive form of) a verb: 'The third person singular form of "to be" is "is".' :)
Nov
22
comment How is “admire” used in “to admire them a great deal”?
I wonder if the original poster would have been less confused if he had read "...you admire them a great amount"? "Deal" is obviously quite an archaic word, which really only survives to this day in idiomatic phrases like "a good deal" and "a great deal".
Nov
20
comment English letter sequence with most pronunciations
I guess English is far from being the hardest language in the world. Nevertheless, whoever came up with the idea of consistent phonetic spelling throughout a language deserves a medal!