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Mar
23
awarded  Student
Mar
23
revised Is libre the only English single-word adjective signifying 'liberty' without also meaning 'at no monetary cost'?
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Mar
23
asked Is libre the only English single-word adjective signifying 'liberty' without also meaning 'at no monetary cost'?
Dec
5
comment Why is “a couple of <things>” often shortened to “a couple <things>”?
I tried hearing it as coupla for the first 20 or 30 times, but you can't get round it: people are saying 'couple' where 'coupla' might make more sense.
Oct
30
comment What word describes a policeman who is not wearing a uniform?
It's also useful to distinguish between "a plainclothes officer" and "an officer in plainclothes". The latter can be someone who generally works for the uniform branch, but is assigned to some detective work, or whatever.
Oct
15
comment Is the phrase “PM who have approved” correct?
But PM could stand for "Project Management": referring to a group. In that case, the plural verb would be correct. Then again a singular verb might also be. :-)
Aug
14
answered Why pronunciation of “Crooked” is “Crook-ked”?
Aug
14
comment Is there an abstract word for the environment in which a vehicle can move?
But medium is better.
Aug
14
answered Is there an abstract word for the environment in which a vehicle can move?
Jun
26
comment When you open the windows in the house in order for fresh air to come in?
The English would sooner take their carpets up than air the house. No wonder there isn't a word for it! Just kidding...
Jun
26
comment When you open the windows in the house in order for fresh air to come in?
+1 for airing. Aeration means something else.
Jun
1
awarded  Yearling
May
28
comment Difference between “slacks”, “pants”, and “trousers”?
If a modern woman said Slacks, she would mean her trousers. Whether she /would/ say that is a different issue. While I have heard people refer to women's trousers as slacks (my mother used to, in the 1960's/1970's - I have never heard a Brit refer to mens trousers as slacks. Perhaps this is an American usage. Pants is used less for trousers since it acquired humourous connotations.
May
7
answered “student list” vs “students list”?
May
2
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
14
comment “Out of the box” — when should I use this phrase?
But still - without that easy answer, it's hard to imagine what the origins might have been.
Apr
14
comment “Out of the box” — when should I use this phrase?
Fair enough Colin. Wikipedia agrees with you: "The origins of the phrase "thinking outside the box" are obscure; but it was popularized in part because of a nine-dot puzzle, which John Adair claims to have introduced in 1969.[4] Management consultant Mike Vance has claimed that the use of the nine-dot puzzle in consultancy circles stems from the corporate culture of the Walt Disney Company, where the puzzle was used in-house"
Apr
6
comment Is there a word like cardinal or ordinal but for the “single, double, triple” series?
-1 Tuple refers to the set (or sequence) itself.
Mar
21
comment Which is correct: “I loaned him some money” or “ I lent him some money”?
The Merriam-Webster article does seem to indicate that loan had died out in the UK, but that it had come back more than a century ago. I've certainly known the word as British English my whole life. I dare say you'd want stronger evidence that it had died out entirely - I'd bet on a few pockets of resistance! So for Br.En his wife is correct that lent is a stronger choice, but both are fine.
Mar
9
answered Antonym of “Cascade”