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Mar
14
comment speech tactic in common use
Argumentum ad populum?
Mar
14
comment Can I use “apply” in sense of “contact”?
Good translation doesn't mean word for word translation. There's no reason you shouldn't use "contact" in the English version and some other word that isn't a cognate of contact in other languages.
Mar
11
comment Besides raisins, what other dried fruits and vegetables have their own names?
Chipotles are not necessarily dried. The ones you buy canned in adobo sauce are not. I believe a chipotle is a jalapeno that has been allowed to ripen before picking, and is usually roasted.
Mar
8
comment What is that point in business where it is extremely difficult to generate new business/customers called?
We only say a business has "peaked" if it has performed extremely well, and we expect it to decline in the future. (Or if we're looking at a past event and it did decline after the peak)
Feb
25
comment Blanket term for things we often buy at grocery store that are not groceries, e.g., toilet paper, laundry detergent, window cleaner, saran wrap
To me, staples strongly relates to food items, not non-food items. For example, "the staple grain in Europe is wheat, but in southeast Asia it is rice."
Feb
10
answered Is there a word that means “to rotate into the correct position”?
Jan
25
comment Usage of “do by”
@Jim, I think what he/she wants in the last is example is "Sir, you have done wrong by me".
Jan
25
comment What rule can I give to authors who start sentences with “-ing” words when it's inappropriate?
Your examples sound stilted and bureaucratic, but your proposed solution makes that problem even worse.
Jan
25
comment What rule can I give to authors who start sentences with “-ing” words when it's inappropriate?
So you prefer "The championation of foreign languages has disadvantaged speakers of indigenous languages"?
Jan
13
comment Is there an equivalent term to “Cold Turkey” for starting something instead of quitting something?
I think Twain was saying that he would likely have to leave on short notice without much choice in the matter...at the point of a pitchfork or under threat of lynching, perhaps.
Jan
9
comment /ə/ in a stressed syllable?
butter, putter, cutter, mutter, slummer, summer, hugger, rugger, smother, glummer, mugger, humbug, ...
Jan
5
comment “time” for instants or durations in science
@StoneyB, in technical usage, period normally refers to the duration of each repetition of a periodic (repeating) behavior. For example, "the period of a sine wave" or "the orbital period [of a planet or moon]". In fields (like physics or engineering) where this usage is common, using period to describe a non-periodic event could be confusing.
Jan
5
comment “time” for instants or durations in science
According to the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary, "In common language, the word “time” is used with several different meanings. In technical language, however, more precise terms, e.g. date, duration, time interval should be used."
Jan
5
comment Can you use indentations within paragraphs in conjunction with spaced paragraphs
Sounds to me more like the teacher wanted a hamburger essay. If your paragraphs were too long, s/he'd probably really rather you just skipped some of your arguments so s/he'd have a shorter paper to grade.
Dec
28
comment “kinda”, “sorta”, “coulda”, “shoulda”, “lotta”, “oughta”, “betcha”, “tseasy” etc. What are these?
@SlippD.Thompson, I betcha that sometimes betcha means "bet you", but you betcha it also sometimes means "bet your".
Oct
19
comment What part of speech is “down” in “Put your pencils down”?
While "put your pencils down" is something of a set phrase, do you really see down as obligatory here [assuming I understand what you mean by obligatory]? You could also say "put your pencils away", "put your pencils over there", "put your pencils back in your desks", etc.
Oct
17
comment Just Googling it
If it's written without a comma or ellipses I think I'd just about always read it as a gerund (with no pause). To express the student's version in writing, I think you need some punctuation (comma, period, ellipses) between googling and it.
Oct
17
comment Just Googling it
FYI: gerund.
Oct
17
comment Just Googling it
Consider a similar phrase: "Just asking stackexchange is bad for your brain." Is it more clear when I use a word (asking) that's not such a recent inventioin as googling?
Sep
22
comment In which etymology
In older (Victorian?) era novels it was common for the chapters instead of having titles to have a short synopsis beginning with "in which...". For example, chapter 3 might be the chapter "in which Johnny discovers his long-lost aunt". This fits your definition well, since we are describing what makes this chapter unique out of the group of all the chapters in the book. When you see this construction in contemporary writing, its usually an allusion to this old-fashioned way of introducing book chapters.