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comment American word for commode
americans say both john and commode, though commode is mostly used nowadays only by older people.
Nov
21
comment “Problematic” versus “problem”
If your thesis topic is in one of the humanities and your thesis advisor is in any way pro-post-modernism, then use the word as Foucault would. Otherwise, stick to @RegDwigнt 's suggestion.
Nov
20
comment Grammar agreement help
if you ask me: in no. 1, you need to say "...as you have requested...", and in no. 2, pick a number for flock, either singular or plural and stick to it.
Nov
19
comment What term means “all of the words one knows”?
there is an academic journal that is called The Mental Lexicon.
Nov
19
comment Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?
@SevenSidedDie I think that learning has to inform our vocabulary to some extent. if we are talking about a material that is man-made and specially engineered, we should not be surprised if engineers' terminology enters lay speech. the germ theory of disease, for example, at one point had no relevance to lay speech, but now it does (because language users learned and incorporated the knowledge into their vocabulary).
Nov
17
revised Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?
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Nov
17
answered Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?
Nov
9
comment Is there English proverb or saying equivalent to Chinese / Japanese common proverb 李下に冠を正さず- Don’t touch (redress) your coronet under the plum tree?
I have found one proverb in my dictionary about plum thieves, but the moral is different: When a knave is in a plum-tree, he has neither friend nor kin.
Nov
6
comment Word for a “Male Mistress”
the male version of mistress is master.
Nov
2
comment What is the name of this rhetorical device?
I think @Mari-LouA and Alice are right and Bob is wrong.For his next girlfriend, Bob will need to get used to accepting that he's wrong most of the time to make the relationship work.
Nov
2
comment What is the name of this rhetorical device?
@Ben all fallacies introduce an implied premise whose truth is unestablished. the false premise in this case is that Alice knows more about love than Bob does. It would only make things worse for Bob to bring the premise up in order to refute it. Alice could easily pick out a time where Bob behaved as a non-expert in love.
Nov
2
answered What is the name of this rhetorical device?
Nov
1
comment What's a less obscure word for “sinecure”?
you will say that the job is ideal for challenge seekers. your ad is to entice good people, not dissuade lazy people.
Nov
1
comment Is there an explicitly male version of “craftsman/craftsmanship”?
Woman is of course short for wife-man, so craftswomanship is unfortunately polluted with the gender neutral man. You will need craftswifeship or craftsmaidship for the non-fighting arts and craftswereship or craftsgroomship (in line with @guifa 's suggestion) for the fighting arts.
Oct
31
answered Is the concept of “backshifted past tense” in reported speech applicable to other types of subordinate clauses?
Oct
26
comment Why is the word “how” considered an adverb, even if the answer is an adjective?
@tchrist I agree that good and well are too irregular to be of very much use. but at least there will be acknowledged some differences between prenominal and predicating adjectives. e.g., The kindly old man/(x)The old man is kindly. What is relevant here is that you can question a predicating adjective with how, but you need to use some elaborate formulation like which kind of... to question a prenominal adjective.
Oct
26
comment Why is the word “how” considered an adverb, even if the answer is an adjective?
@Cerberus good point.
Oct
26
answered Why is the word “how” considered an adverb, even if the answer is an adjective?
Oct
24
answered Connotations of “inevitable” versus “unavoidable”
Oct
22
comment Is it “2-8 days” or “two to eight days”?
@tchrist an en dash in MS word is Ctrl+Numpad hyphen.