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Jun
30
comment Meaning of “over at”
Thanks! Can this also apply to people at the blog? E.g., can I say "Pam over at Buz & Skup's blog told me about this" when Pam is not regular at the blog but just happened to be at that blog and told me something?
Jun
20
comment Schedule on Tuesday
The reason I asked was I am never sure of this and I actually used it myself the other day to mean the event will take place on Tuesday. I see from this answer that I said it wrong, but it turned out the person understood what I meant.
Apr
12
comment New Oxford American Dictionary describes “the” as an adjective
@kiamlaluno: "a" is an adjective? To use JSBangs' test on this: ! more a house, The most a house, The house is a, a and green house, red and a house.
Apr
8
comment To 'know' a person — online versus in person
cyknow - from cyber know
Apr
8
comment Why do we say 'commentator' instead of 'commenter'?
@psmears - Yes, I agree. In other words, I take back the statement "there is no verb commentate" and replace it with "commentate is a back-formation".
Apr
8
comment Why do we say 'commentator' instead of 'commenter'?
@Robb - It says back-formation from commentator, which saves at least half of what I said :)
Apr
8
comment Meaning of “native speaker of English”
@psmears What does canardien literally mean?
Apr
8
comment Why do we say 'commentator' instead of 'commenter'?
My guess on commentator is that it is originated from French or some other language. There is no verb 'commentate', but there might be a suffix '-ator'. In Russian there is a word with '-ator' for almost every English word with '-er'. For example, we have transformator, ammortizator, stabilizator etc. But I feel these words are borrowed words hence my guess they are from French.
Mar
24
comment Pronunciation of 'cos' (as in the mathematical term)
@Ankur What about tanh?
Mar
21
comment What does “No Thanks!” mean?
Oui, s'il vous plaît?
Mar
20
comment What is the grammatical difference behind “is interesting” and “is interested”?
@Jason: Yes, the parallel you mentioned seems to be causing the confusion.
Mar
18
comment Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?
Wannabe prisoner?
Mar
18
comment What is the grammatical difference behind “is interesting” and “is interested”?
I think the confusion is because you think "interesting" is a verb, while actually it is an adjective.
Mar
18
comment Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?
Prospective criminal, soon-to-be jail resident?
Mar
18
comment Pronunciation of 'cos' (as in the mathematical term)
I like cinch for sinh, and kosh for cosh. By the way, how do you pronounce tan? Tangent or tangens? In Russian, it is tangens.
Feb
3
comment Are you well? Happy New Year's Eve!
Thanks a lot! For 1, could you please give another example that is more formal? Imagine you are in 15-th century and talking to a king or something.
Feb
3
comment When did it become correct to add an “s” to a singular possessive already ending in “‑s”?
How can I get data on Gauss' vs Gauss's?
Jan
29
comment What is the difference between a “part” and a “segment”
Very nice answer!
Jan
29
comment Pejorative terms for children or teenagers using the Internet
Is the the second different than trolling?
Jan
13
comment What does the phrase “before too long” mean?
I gave this numbers to give a specific idea of what time frame we are talking about, and added the phrase "in your example" to convey the idea that the specific estimates depend on the context. I am not a native speaker so I prefer not to get too many upvotes, but I think it does not deserve too many downvotes either. Actually I think unless someone is just trolling or obviously talking past the question nobody deserves downvotes. But it seems a norm at exchange sites that you get downvoted at your first answer.