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comment When is it appropriate to use 'admixture' rather than 'mixture'?
@FumbleFingers (dropping the sledgehammer)
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comment What a word for “navigate” that's more commonly associated with land?
I like orientate real well. It is a BrE spelling though, right?
2d
answered What a word for “navigate” that's more commonly associated with land?
Apr
9
comment We might have to do some “fiddling”
I can say that, as an American, my first reaction to the fiddle=swindle question was: must be BrE. I've never heard or read it in this context. Only in the sense of "tinker".
Apr
8
revised Is there a verb for making (appreciative/agreement/attentive) sounds during conversation?
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Apr
8
comment Is there a verb for making (appreciative/agreement/attentive) sounds during conversation?
@FumbleFingers: This relationship of power is a complicated one. Like when you make an elaborate request for a raise from your boss, and her response is "mm-hhmm". Is that a validation or a sign of disapproval? And there are some complicated ideas about what it means when men and women use either "uh" or "um".
Apr
8
answered Is there a verb for making (appreciative/agreement/attentive) sounds during conversation?
Apr
6
comment Problem with gerunds
In that case, you are best off recasting the sentence to avoid confusion. Using the adjective in this construction sounds strange not because it's ungrammatical (see: "incomplete passing plays", "cold running water"), but because it causes the reader to read "creating tasks" as a noun phrase, which sounds unnatural.
Apr
6
comment Problem with gerunds
Are "creating tasks" a type of task that are created automatically?
Apr
6
comment Problem with gerunds
What if "creating tasks" is meant to be taken as a noun phrase, as opposed to "deleting tasks"? You'd want to specify that creating tasks occur automatically and not that the creation of (all) tasks occur automatically.
Mar
27
comment Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
It appears that it is named after a person. In that case, since there is some ambiguity, I would capitalize it.
Mar
27
answered To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do
Mar
27
comment Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
a google search indicates that most sources capitalize Kelly and some capitalize Pool.
Mar
23
comment Verb for “make [object] available”
Why could you not say "I will avail myself tomorrow for you"?
Mar
19
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Mar
14
answered “Analysis of…” or “An analysis of…” - how should I start a title of an academic paper?
Mar
14
comment What is it called when someone hates disabled people?
show him a dictionary and then let it go. he'll eventually use the word in the wrong place with the wrong person and get sorted out in a more meaningful way. in terms of hatred of disabled people, i'd call that prejudice.
Mar
14
comment Byname or patronymic names for daughters?
Iceland still uses the -dottir suffix.
Mar
13
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Mar
13
comment Words Starting with Double Consonants
It's a matter of dialect. In many parts of central and south America and in the canary islands it's pronounced like a j.