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May
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suggested approved edit on Where does the “I brake for” idiom come from?
May
1
comment What part of speech is “that” in each of the following sentences that mean the same?
Without punctuation, the first example not only sounds awkward, but it doesn't suggest the same meaning to me: I read “that I can be sure about” as an awkward variant of “as far as I'm aware.”
May
1
comment Synonyms, Antonyms, and “Neutralnyms”
@SteveFlammia Yes, thanks to Jo Bedard! I was primarily thinking along the orthogonal antonym line, but I realized that medionym was an equally good way of thinking of it. I'm not aware of any existing word, other than antonym (just in a different direction).
Apr
30
comment Are compound contractions proper grammar?
@DavidAldridge I think John Lawler is a linguist. “Linguists do not normally use the term to refer to orthographical rules, although usage books and style guides that call themselves grammars may also refer to spelling and punctuation.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammar
Apr
30
comment Where does “give something a whirl” come from?
The wheel of fortune interpretation makes sense to me.
Apr
30
comment Which is correct: “drive safe” or “drive safely”?
While this isn't technically incorrect, it's more of a condescending opinion in the guise of authority than an answer. The children of Brits clearly “do not necessarily get the grammer [sic] totally correct,” and it isn't just second-language speakers who use adjectives as adverbs. This would be a better answer with more evidence and less judgment.
Apr
30
revised Specific word for discrimination based on religion
Fixed spelling in title
Apr
30
suggested approved edit on Specific word for discrimination based on religion
Apr
30
comment Specific word for discrimination based on religion
What's wrong with the accepted answer from that link? “You'd just call it religious intolerance but there are specific names for each religion e.g. Christianophobia, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Anti-Mormonism etc.” That sounds spot-on to me.
Apr
30
revised Are compound contractions proper grammar?
Improved formatting, tweaked grammar.
Apr
30
comment Idiom, word, or expression meaning an easy-to-do task
I prefer easy as pie. ;)
Apr
30
comment “when all is said and done”, finger should be “level”
I read “level” to mean the same length (like @AndrewLeach). I would have used the word even in that context.
Apr
30
suggested approved edit on Are compound contractions proper grammar?
Apr
30
answered Synonyms, Antonyms, and “Neutralnyms”
Apr
30
comment What does the author mean by “door culture” in this context?
@p.s.w.g Based on my experience with such things, I would infer something close to “revolving door” – lots of user turnover, and pressure to filter or leave if you don't fit in.
Apr
30
comment What are the differences between -ist, -ite, and -ian
I thought perhaps -ist might be etymologically related to -ist, but it isn't. The former comes from Greek -ιστής (istēs), the latter from -ισμός (-ismos), indirectly -ίζειν (-izein). Still, many -ist words come from -ism (Calvinism, sexism) even though many others behave differently (botanist, Judaism).
Apr
30
comment grammatical-number when subject and verb are separated by prepositional phrase
See also: data.grammarbook.com/blog/singular-vs-plural/… – “With words that indicate portions – some, all, none, percent, fraction, part, majority, remainder, and so forth – look at the noun in your of phrase (object of the preposition) to determine whether to use a singular or plural verb.”
Apr
29
comment Is it proper to use “that” instead of “at which” to refer to speed?
Ran across this interesting discussion of words eroded from the beginning of sentences: english.stackexchange.com/questions/66972/… – and it occurs to me, since there clearly are many people who find this usage acceptable, to look more for evidence of when and why it's acceptable. Because I doubt that there's an explicit prescriptive rule against it.
Apr
29
revised Why do I not hear /k/ in sanctuary?
Added example, fixed error in previous edit.
Apr
29
comment Why do I not hear /k/ in sanctuary?
@JohnLawler Yes, I think I say sæŋʃuəri myself. I'll edit it into the answer. Need to fix it anyway, because ˈsæŋtʃuəri is not “all-dental.” (I personally find /ŋt/ even harder to pronounce than /ŋkt/.)