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Nov
11
comment English Typography in the 17th Century
It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that the italicised nouns are exactly the proper nouns. (Well, Satyrs could be disputed).
Jun
24
comment Dean Professor or Dean and Professor
Is this just a hypothetical question, or do you know of a title which conveys a prenominal "Dean"?
Jun
24
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Jun
16
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Jun
9
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Jun
4
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Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@Pacerier, I mean that the meaning of those phrases is insufficiently transparent.
Feb
25
comment How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?
@JohnLawler meant to type past and present, of course.
Jan
12
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Dec
30
comment Does English have a name for padded/insulated trousers worn over your regular trousers when outside in extreme cold?
Why do you call trews a historical term? Isn't it more a dialectal (specifically: Scots) term?
Dec
9
revised What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
I appreciate the correction of the scope, but I don't think it justifies splitting what is a single word in my source into two
Nov
1
comment Augmentation in Computer Science
You've missed my point. He mentioned strengthening in brackets and after the initials PS. That suggests that he said it that as a piece of interesting trivia rather than as an explanation of what he meant when he used augmentation earlier.
Oct
31
comment Augmentation in Computer Science
I'm not convinced that you've correctly understood your first example. It seems to me that the use there is extension, and that the parenthetical mention of strengthening was an aside, unrelated to the meaning in the referenced sentence. And if it does mean strengthening then that is anyway a special case of extension, merely narrowing the purpose of the extension.
Oct
25
comment What does the word “Fresh” mean in everyday conversation in America / UK / Australia? I am confused?
Perhaps the not frozen/dried/tinned/etc. could be summarised as not subjected to preservation treatments considered 'harsh'. Longlife milk is subjected to ultra-high-temperature treatment; pasteurised milk might still be sold as fresh even though it's been subjected to some treatment.
Oct
23
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Oct
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Use of “manifest” as an active verb
Oct
14
comment What do you call a person who is given money to cash your check, usually using force, when the indebted people refuse to give your money back?
Whilst in theory a term for someone with legal powers shouldn't connote criminality, there are enough stories circulating of bailiffs overstepping their restrictions that I would hesitate to claim that the term doesn't connote criminality.
Oct
2
comment Why do the British refer to things as 'posh'
No, because it's one of those British words that is only used by certain social classes. Those to whom it applies would instead use smart.
Sep
9
comment Why must 'galore' be used postpositively?
I'm not sure about "the light fantastic" as an example of a post-positive adjective. It seems to be a noun phrase consisting of two adjectives, probably derived from an adj-adj-n phrase which has lost its noun.
Sep
9
comment What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
There's also Grand Duke, who rules a Grand Duchy. Luxembourg is currently the only independent Grand Duchy.