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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.


Apr
17
comment Surely *some* wordsmiths must love America[ns]?
@Cyberherbalist, I stand corrected. I was thinking of fullbloods who, presumably, are dwindling as fullblood anything tends to dwindle (as a half-breed myself, I consider this a good thing) but as you point out that's a silly way of looking at it. Anyway, those are encouraging stats and I'm very pleased to read them, thanks.
Apr
11
revised My English translator capitalizes every noun. Is it correct?
Changed the code block to a quote, this is ELU not SO and fixed a typo while I was at it
Apr
10
comment First in are the blackest of the black - first in are - meaning, usage
I don't see why first in needs to be military. Lead the charge is very different and obviously military but first in could well have a different origin.
Apr
5
comment What do you call those high areas that give you a full view of the city?
Yeah, exactly, the Hotel Great Vista, has a vista, it isn't one though.
Apr
5
comment What do you call those high areas that give you a full view of the city?
Isn't that what you actually see rather than the place you see it from? That's how I would use it anyway and your definition seems to agree.
Apr
2
comment Job interview question
Yes, that is exactly how it happens. First you start working with women, then you start dressing like them and before you know it, your reproductive organs are now carried on the inside of your body. I'd be very careful if I were you.
Mar
29
accepted Where does “my ass” come from?
Mar
29
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
This makes a lot of sense, yes. As do Janus's comments above.
Mar
29
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
Thanks for those older references, am I correct to assume that they imply that the expression does not actually originate in AAVE or was that the dialect of the characters in question?
Mar
29
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
Hmm, I'm not sure about the relevance of the NGRAM. I think many of those will be about the animal.
Mar
29
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
I wonder if that bump isn't just someone writing about protecting a donkey.
Mar
28
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
Which corpus is that searching? US English or English in general like the one in my question?
Mar
28
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
@Oldcat absolutely, but that's exactly the type of thing I am wondering about.
Mar
28
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
@Oldcat yes, but do you have any idea of it's origin and history? I was just thinking that it has recently become relatively widespread and would be interested in tracing it back to its source.
Mar
28
revised Where does “my ass” come from?
added 216 characters in body
Mar
28
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
@KristinaLopez yes, but this is not the usage I am referring to. I am wondering about how my ass came to mean me.
Mar
28
comment Insolvable, insoluble, and unsolvable
Any particular class of problem? Technical jargon will have different usage patterns for example.
Mar
28
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
@Ronan wrong ass :)
Mar
28
asked Where does “my ass” come from?
Mar
28
revised What is the origin of the -ass speech?
fixed typo