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May
13
comment What kind of noun is a picture?
Is it really true that a picture of Bill's can refer to a picture whose content is an image of Bill, if Bill has otherwise no relation to it? To me, this is an excellent example of the difference between the constructs of you and of yours. "NP + of + POSSESSIVE" == "POSSESSIVE + NP", while "NP + of + OBJECTIVE_PRONOUN" must encode some non-possessive relationship.
Jan
15
comment What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?
OK, if you haven't read the book, you won't know the punchline: there is one wacky young woman who, just following her own inclinations, ends up as the leading edge for all the fads in the story. If Pippa's doing it now, everyone else will be doing it soon. She's the Bellwether of the title.
Jan
15
comment What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?
This is specifically the sense in which Connie Willis uses the word in her book Bellwether: a habitual, effortless trendsetter.
Aug
7
comment How to read aloud a sentence like 'In the year 18.. they decided to move to Bricktown'
In the year of eighteen and one, peg and awl
Aug
4
comment What are the components of a word called?
But are they morphemes in English if the word is simply imported wholesale from another language? To my mind, para- and -sol are not productive English morphemes, however much they may occur in all sorts of words borrowed from Latin, French, or Spanish.
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Jul
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comment What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?
"Down to me" is a way British people say "because of me" or "due to me." Like the Rolling Stones song: "It's down to me, the way she talks when she's spoken to. She's under my thumb."