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Jun
30
comment Is the “How to … ?” question phrase acceptable?
Is it "written speech"? Or something with "in writing"?
Jun
28
comment Origin of “man!”, “(oh) boy!”, and “oh brother”
A gender neutral exclamation is Zaphod B.'s "Belgium!". This may create other problems, however.
Jun
25
comment “Apache are” or “Apache is”?
@rintaun: don't you mean proper noun (instead of proper name)?
Jun
25
comment “Apache are” or “Apache is”?
@genesis: "apache2" is the name of the executable (that "top" outputs, for instance "/usr/sbin/apache2 -k start"), not how you refer to the webserver (unless it is specifically about the executable). You refer to the web server as "Apache" or "Apache 2.0" (shorthand for the full name "Apache HTTP Server" or "Apache HTTP Server 2.0")
Jun
25
comment “Apache are” or “Apache is”?
No, it is "Apache", not "apache". And the executable is often named "httpd" (for example, /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd). See for instance Using Apache.
Jun
23
comment What does “bespoke” mean in this context?
@FumbleFingers: no, not at all. It was the UK thingy I was trying to refer to. Perhaps it is only understood as custom-made in the UK?
Jun
23
comment What does “bespoke” mean in this context?
Re: the meaning of bespoke as "custom-made.". Wiktionary lists it as "(UK) Individually or custom made."
Jun
23
comment “anymore” vs. “any more”
But "any more" is also an adverb - en.wiktionary.org/wiki/any_more
Jun
20
comment Is it possible to regard -id as a suffix forming adjectives in Modern English?
@subic: I am sorry for the ignorance, but what is New English? Everything that is not Old English (Middle English, Early Modern English and Modern English)? Or contemporary English? From Old English: "The Old English period is followed by Middle English (12th to 15th century), Early Modern English (ca. 1480 to 1650) and finally Modern English (after 1650)."
Jun
20
comment Is it possible to regard -id as a suffix forming adjectives in Modern English?
@FumbleFingers: Wiktionary lists four, including Nebraska and northeast.
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to regard -id as a suffix forming adjectives in Modern English?
@subic: what does "NE" mean in this context?
Jun
13
comment Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Is there a name for this kind of punny transference?
Background: John Guare's play is from 1990. The concept is older: 1929, "Karinthy has been regarded by some as the originator of the notion of six degrees of separation." and 1961, "Michael Gurevich conducted seminal work in his empirical study of the structure of social networks"
Jun
10
comment Placing a comma after a conditional statement
"english" -> "English"
Jun
10
comment Placing a comma after a conditional statement
"wikipedia" -> "Wikipedia". Ref: <en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wikipedia#Proper_noun>.
Jun
7
comment What causes the pronunciation “nucular”
Physicist Richard Muller addressed the pronunciation of nuclear at some length in the UC Berkeley "Physics 10" (AKA "Physics for Future Presidents") course. For one, "nucular" is how the nuclear power industry pronounces it, but I don't recall the rest. It should be possible to find the exact lecture.
May
12
comment Are uncountable nouns singular?
The first sentence is the original (from the context). The other two are my suggested sentences that might or might not be correct.
May
12
comment Rule on absence of the article “the” with plural nouns
Great example !
Apr
10
comment Who/What decides if a word is “proper” English?
Duplicate for the particular word: Is it okay to say and write “ain't” yet?
Apr
10
comment Is lolspeak bad English, or just a different English?
what is RIT? Rochester Institute of Technology?
Feb
3
comment Is the word “Americana” capitalized?
@kiamlaluno: it could be, but Americana has a distinct meaning. Americana: All things peculiar to the United States' culture and people, anything that is a symbol of American life.