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May
27
comment Is “were I you” archaic?
I find it poetic, and I will try to use it henceforth.
May
27
answered “My class ended earlier than expected” vs. “my class ended quicker than expected”
May
12
comment Why is B.C. (Before Christ) in English, but A.D. (anno domini) in Latin?
The real problem, of course, is that negative numbers were not in use in Europe until the 17th Century.
May
12
comment tenant vs lodger meaning
In AmE, boarder is often used for this sense of lodger; and boarding house. This type of living arrangement is much, much less common now, but my grandmother took in boarders. The Air BnB of the 1920s?
Apr
19
comment “I'm always going by bike” vs. “I always go by bike”
I would have punctuated the end slightly differently. ...walk another ten. So [or But] I always go by bike: [or .] that way I'm at my desk in fifteen minutes.
Apr
19
comment What does 'hanged' mean in this context?
@DanBron Done properly, execution-by-hanging should result in speedy death from a broken neck. Strangling is a sign of an incompetent executioner.
Apr
19
comment direct negation of concur
A me-too comment for dissent.
Mar
5
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Jan
14
comment Why did the KJV use “thou” toward God?
My best guess is that this comment states that thou (etc.) were used because they were the literal translation of the singular 2nd person. (The cases are irrelevant, and of course the translations also used the correct declension.) But it goes on to claim that because Bible and Quran translators are "required" (by whom?) to be obsessive, they also use thou because the distinction between nominative and accusative is retained with thou and lost with you. I find this dubious.
Jan
9
comment Her eyes ate me
+1 for great author.
Jan
8
comment Examples of programming language affecting the english language
!likely; // character count food
Jan
8
answered Keep the good work up / Keep up the good work - Are they both grammatical?
Jan
8
comment male/female cousin or nephew/niece
Nephew and niece have a different meaning than cousin. Indeed, a cousin (if not "removed") is of the same generation you are, while a niece or nephew is one generation younger.
Jan
6
comment What's a common way of referring to the “tool” a person used to commit suicide?
Not to go too far off-topic, but easy availability of firearms in the USA is most definitely correlated with successful suicide attempts.
Dec
26
answered “in control of their own destiny”: a contradiction?
Dec
21
comment What does “in camphor” mean?
Indeed, when I was young, every spring my mother routinely put her winter clothes away in closets hung with moth balls. I suppose more versatile and moth-resistant fabrics have made this ritual less frequent.
Dec
17
comment What is correct phrase for the relationship with my son's father/mother in law
Spanish has consuegros. I have seen this question before, and always suggest we adopt cross-laws. (Machatonim enters Yiddish from Hebrew: chatan is the word for groom.)
Dec
17
comment Why is the letter J so common in names of people who go by their initials?
Spiderman's girlfriend MJ (a not uncommon nickname for Mary Jane)?
Dec
17
answered Divorce each other
Dec
17
comment A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
I'm not sure it was the commercial, but BFF came to my mind and I'm an American of middle age.