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Sep
8
comment Is there any shorter pronunciation of W than double-U?
@PhilMJones In Old English they actually used two u for some time when transcribing the Wunjō rune, but later switched to Wynn (Ƿ) and then W. And if you spell the English 'was' as uuas you get a good approximation of how to pronounce it (it's a diphthong, i.e. the vowels flow into one another, keep your lips in a O-shape; contrast that to V where you (nearly) touch your upper teeth to your lower lip).
Sep
8
comment A noun for “phony” or an alternative to “phoniness”
Interesting to note: in German Ersatz is only a noun and can't be used as an adjective (although there are compound adjectives like ersatzlos = 'without substitution' or ersatzweise = 'as a substitute').
Aug
13
awarded  Student
Aug
13
awarded  Scholar
Aug
13
accepted Can the adjective “squalid” be used to describe a person?
Aug
13
comment Can the adjective “squalid” be used to describe a person?
@DanBron thanks, that's all I wanted to know. If you write your comment up as an answer I'd gladly mark it as accepted.
Aug
13
asked Can the adjective “squalid” be used to describe a person?
Jan
28
awarded  Supporter
Jan
28
comment Which is grammatically correct: “woke up by the…” or “woke up to the…”?
As a non-native English speaker (German) I'd back Bill on this. The first sentence is awkwardly mixing active and passive ("Sophia woke up" is active, but "by the rattling sound" is passive). Bill transformed the first sentence completely into passive in his answer, which makes it sound much better (at least to me).