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Son of a Greek mother and an American father. I may have grown up in Greece, but since my father is a publisher/editor/writer and lover of "Correct English", conversation around the dinner table often centered on English grammar and vocabulary games.

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Aug
18
awarded  Yearling
Aug
11
comment Dust vs. Undust?
There is no danger. This site is specifically not for people learning the language and is for "arcane discussion". Especially when it pertains to an obsolete word and not a typo as you incorrectly labeled it. Also note that the OP is asking whether it was ever a word so your answer is not really helping.
Aug
6
comment “Do so” vs “do it”
Use do so. It is better though I'm having a hard time defining exactly why.
Jul
25
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
22
comment What exactly does “up to 3 months before” mean?
@HonzaZidek I would not presume to speak for the British government. In this case, any native speaker would know the phrase is ambiguous. However, bureaucratese is a language unto itself.
Jul
22
comment What exactly does “up to 3 months before” mean?
@HonzaZidek while I don't agree that this is off topic, you should realize that this site is not for people learning English. As you can see in the on-topic help page, this site is for "linguists and , etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts". This is in no way limited to native speakers but the scope of the site does not include questions that any native speaker would know the answer to. Our sister-site, English Language Learners was created to deal with such questions.
Jul
22
comment What exactly does “up to 3 months before” mean?
@FumbleFingers why is it off topic? "The sentence is ambiguous and can be read both ways" is a perfectly valid answer.
Jul
19
comment What does “Essential Travels” mean?
This is not about English, you could ask on Travel instead. However, these are just political considerations really and they don't apply to when you just pass through a country in transit to another.
Jul
7
revised What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
added 86 characters in body
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
@outisnihil not quite sure what you mean by no citation. The word Soda is a link to wordnik where I got the definition. In this particular case and as you can see by clicking on the link, the definition came from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition. I also don't see how tonic is relevant, that was just mentioned in passing in the definition.
Jul
7
revised Asking questions without subject-verb inversion — a new trend?
formatting and the most eggregious errors.
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
@Mehrdad if you read the dictionary definitions I've pasted above, you'll see that the meaning of soda to mean soft drink is actually regional and mostly confined to Northeastern U.S., Eastern Missouri, & Southwestern Illinois. Dictionaries do contain that type of information. The common definition is "Any of various forms of sodium carbonate." which is why it is first in the dictionary entry. The secondary meaning is the one you consider primary.
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
@Mehrdad in which general population? Which country? Which dialect? Which age group? Which period? In any case, looking at a dictionary would have shown you the alternate meanings of thew word so when soda does not mean club soda the rest of its meanings stand. Which one is more common depends on the group of people you are talking about.
Jul
7
answered What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
Jul
7
comment Mandatory to NOT something
I don't understand, do you want the inverse of "mandatory to not" or a synonym of forbidden?
Jul
7
revised Pronunciation of “accepted”
typos
Jul
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the word for a person who worships but never helps others?
Jul
3
comment What's your name?
Not Your name good sir?
Jul
2
comment Is there any rule for pronouncing words beginning with “re-”?
@RegDwigнt avoid sweeping statements: Esperanto?
Jul
2
comment Drinks Shirley - Slang for overhead dispenser?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is entirely predicated on a mishearing.