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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.
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?