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Mar
10
comment Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?
Ditto beano, bingo (name-o), wino, kiddo, psycho, etc. Some of these will be derived from the Greek root form (-o), and some from the English whimsical -oh. There may also be influence from Italian/Spanish endings, but it's obviously a very productive suffix in English.
Oct
23
comment Has “utilise” lost its meaning in America?
yeah, it's easy to see how it can go from "use a weakness to profit" to "use in a manner other than intended". I think it was a bit strong to say "It doesn't mean..."
Dec
18
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May
22
comment What we've gelost — why doesn't English use the prefix “ge-”?
Also preserved in the frequently sung en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_lay_ybounden
May
11
comment How do you quote a passage that has used '[sic]' mistakenly?
I think that works quite well - the issue is that they corrected the sentence, and you need to look at the whole phrase to realise that. You'd only put it directly after the original [sic] if they'd spelled 'sic' wrong (e.g. "from me [sick] [sic] to you"). However, in that case I'd definitely try to show the difference in author using the typography (perhaps using italics).
Jan
1
comment Difference between 'kludge' and 'kluge'?
True. I only added the comment because I'd never heard CLOO-J uttered, and had to find out whether it was pronounced in a strange German way [kludʒ] or French [klu:dʒ].
Dec
21
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Dec
19
comment What is the difference between “till” and “until”?
I wonder if it's an association with "unless" ("Unless my landlord fixes the plumbing...")?
Dec
19
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Dec
19
comment Why do we say “I win” instead of “I won”?
I'm not sure it's idiomatic, but it certainly varies in use around the world. Consider recounting the story later - "Then I make my final move and win"... Does "you lose" sound strange as well?
Dec
19
comment Why do we say “I win” instead of “I won”?
"I forget" is interesting - probably worth a separate question. I wonder whether there's a regional influence. I know I avoided "I forget" for a long time because it was understood as repeated forgetting, while "I've forgotten" was preferred.
Dec
19
comment “Pardon me French”
Nothing to do with "Me and my friends" (see comment above).
Dec
19
comment “Pardon me French”
The regions where "pardon my French" is common (south England) are the same where my -> me is also common. It's not really a variant, it's a sound change shortening /maɪ/ to /mi/
Dec
19
comment Why “off his rocker”?
I don't think falling off a rocking chair suggests instability. It more suggests misfortune, like coming off a wild bull ride.
Dec
19
revised Why “off his rocker”?
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Dec
18
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Dec
18
revised Has “utilise” lost its meaning in America?
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Dec
18
answered Has “utilise” lost its meaning in America?
Dec
18
comment Difference between 'kludge' and 'kluge'?
nope, CLOO-J = [klu:dʒ]
Dec
18
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