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Native speaker of British English.


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comment What does ‘Put one's big boy (girl) pants on’ mean?
@stars: Briefs is in no way a “female-specific term”. If anything it’s more commonly used to refer to a style of men’s underpants.
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answered What's the word to describe work that is a waste of effort?
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comment Why do we say “right-hand side”?
It gets worse when people refer to right-hand and left-hand pedals...
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revised Does ambulance refer to the vehicle being used or the purpose of the vehicle?
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comment Does ambulance refer to the vehicle being used or the purpose of the vehicle?
I’m guessing this question was prompted by the perhaps unexpected use of the word ambulance in the title of the Wikipedia article featuring that photo: Ambulance emergency response vehicle. But what do you want to know that isn’t adequately explained there, or by the linked ambulance article? FWIW, akutläkarbil means emergency medical car, and Swedish uses ambulans for ambulance.
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revised Pedantic: Is the “triangle” instrument badly named?
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comment What does ‘Put one's big boy (girl) pants on’ mean?
@MT: Good points about AmE vs. BrE; I’d add that in the UK pants is more likely to refer to men’s than women’s undies (which are perhaps more commonly called knickers). And what you call diapers, we call nappies...
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comment Is there one term for grammar, punctuation and spelling?
I remember a teacher at school being less than impressed at an exam board’s use of the acronym SPAG for this purpose...
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answered What do you call someone with the same occupation as you, but works for a different company?
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revised Is there a name for letters that “cross the line” (hang low) when written in lowercase (g, j, p, q, y)?
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revised Most common name for this kind of image
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revised What do you call the interconnecting bits of a puzzle piece in English?
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