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answered Is it correct to use elipses in a formal essay?
Apr
12
comment What is the difference between “scold” and “criticize”?
I think scold also carries a connotation of personal defect.
Mar
15
comment What is the English word that means “making something more broadly known and understood”?
Odd, I think disseminate is more natural than circulate here. However, publish carries an additional sense of making official. In olden days, perhaps proclaim.
Mar
12
answered HR Sentence Interpretation for Performance Reviews
Dec
28
revised Head is to decapitate as arm is to what?
add missing apostrophe
Dec
28
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Nov
27
comment What exactly does “The guy's multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit.” mean?
@Centaurus Indeed, access to contraceptives is the heart of the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case. Hobby Lobby did not want to subsidize health insurance that includes various types of contraceptives to which it claimed moral objections. So while contraceptives are generally legal, various impediments are being placed on convenient or affordable access.
Nov
18
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Oct
7
comment A comma or a dash is suggested to use in this sentence?
To my mind, a comma is best, a colon second-best, and a dash OK. They make the tempo in which the phrase sounds internally a little different. I believe all three choices are "correct".
Jul
7
comment Does the verb 'to tank' meaning to lose deliberately, or fail to finish, only apply to lawn tennis?
I've heard it used in chess tournaments. Probably elsewhere if I think a while.
Jun
3
comment Ma'am: Is it as in “ham” solely for the Queen, whilst it remains spoken “ma”+“um” (less any glotal stop) for all others?
Ma’am is used as the equivalent of Sir in responding to a female officer in the American armed forces. (Not having served, I make no comment on pronunciation.)
Jun
3
comment Proper ways to refer to New York City
@LaconicDroid Indeed, postal addresses in the other boroughs are Brooklyn, NY etc.
Jun
3
comment 'Chargeable': Where else, besides Singapore, is this word commonly used in this particular context?
And -1 removed.
Jun
2
comment 'Chargeable': Where else, besides Singapore, is this word commonly used in this particular context?
(-1) Chargeable is most certainly an AmE word, just not common or used in the Singaporean way, I knew the word from chargeable vs non-chargeable Interstate highways. The former, which is mileage-limited, has a larger Federal subsidy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_Highway_System
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.