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The sun never sets on the British vampire...


Nov
20
comment “In orbit” vs. “on orbit”
Ooh, I didn't know that at all. Very informative, and it's great to learn something new. Upvoted accordingly! (I am starting to think that the combination of experiments and orbits is a linguistic MINEFIELD, though.)
Nov
19
comment “I'm well” vs. “I'm good” vs. “I'm doing well”, etc
I think this question is actively pernicious. By implying that there's something wrong with <i>the way real people actually use the "how are you" standard greeting-and-response</i> in the title, you run a serious risk of hopelessly confusing students of the language who don't know any better. There is nothing wrong with "I'm well" as a response to "How are you". Whether it is stylized or idiomatic, that's another question.
Nov
19
comment English letter sequence with most pronunciations
My "though" rhymes with "go", but my "thorough" rhymes with "kookaburra" :D
Nov
19
comment What is the opposite of “interesting” in “This person is interesting”?
+1 because "tiresome" was my thought too!
Nov
19
comment Origin of “Turns the Table” idiom
I found this online, which clarifies even further: Games like backgammon are known as 'tables' games. The phrase 'turn the tables' derives from these games and from the practise of reversing the board so that players play from their opponent's previous position. The first known example of the figurative use of the phrase in print is in Robert Sanderson's XII sermons, 1634: "Whosoever thou art that dost another wrong, do but turn the tables: imagine thy neighbour were now playing thy game, and thou his."
Nov
19
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
@res: I've looked it up and it's only in the UK where "boy" is the standard pronunciation. I guess I'll let the Americans off, in a to-may-to/to-mah-to kind of way. But it still sounds so wrong to my poor English ears!
Nov
19
comment How to say: “I will try to move it to an earlier time” or what is the opposite of “delay”
+1, since this would have been my answer too!
Nov
19
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
I think it's Niamh, not Niobh... unless those are both in circulation? (Wouldn't entirely surprise me.)
Nov
19
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
+1, because when I was young I genuinely thought there was a verb "to misle", which rhymed with "lies'll".
Nov
19
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Well, there's a million British placenames that are traps for the unwary. Leicester is another famous one, but I remember there was once a dance troupe called "The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs" (pronounced, The Chumleys and the Fanshaws")!
Nov
19
comment English letter sequence with most pronunciations
@Martha: cool! How do you pronounce them? To rhyme with "go"?
Nov
18
comment The times are a-changing? Why a-?
Well, yeah, I'm not saying that the great Bob Dylan was just choosing words at random :D His choices here are certainly emphatic, they make you stop and listen to the ideas presented with new ears. And maybe there's a sense in which the archaic phrasing of "a-changing" reminds you that, just as our use of language has changed, so the world has changed along with it.
Nov
18
comment If enough people say “supposably” instead of “supposedly”
@res: yes, but "assume" and "presume" are so close in sound and meaning and aren't (I think) differently transitive: surely "presumably" only sounds more correct to me because it's more commonly used?