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Sep
19
comment “Quyer” When and why did the spelling change so drastically?
The carol The Holly and the Ivy had the refrain "The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the quire" though apparently "choir" started to be the spelling of the final word from the late 19th century.
Sep
19
comment Why isn’t the plural of “a Mercedes” said “several Mercedeses”?
In the original Spanish, Mercedes is already a plural form, literally (Mary of the) Mercies, as are the names Dolores (sorrows) and Nieves (snows)
Sep
19
comment Why are Leicester & co pronounced as they are?
Then there is Leominster, pronounced Le'm'ster
Sep
5
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Sep
5
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Sep
3
comment Single word for “more than once”
Patent law is not a good guide to English usage. For example you cannot make multiple claims in a single statement, discouraging the use of or such as in phases like "It uses fluorine, chlorine or bromine". The patent lawyers then rewrite this as "It uses one of fluorine, chlorine and bromine" thereby undermining both the legal rule on multiple claims and the standard use of English.
Sep
3
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Sep
2
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Sep
1
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Aug
12
comment “Disbalanced” vs. “unbalanced”
The ngram is very strange as it tells me 'Search for "disbalanced" yielded only one result' even though it then gives me over 200 examples
Aug
12
comment “Disbalanced” vs. “unbalanced”
@virmaior: try Google books for recent examples though the names of many of the authors suggest English might not be their first language
Aug
6
comment Which is correct, “sales price” or “sale price”?
And indeed, a quick search shows numerous examples contrasting sale price with purchase price where sale price does not imply a discount.
Aug
6
comment Which is correct, “sales price” or “sale price”?
I would not regard that distinction as being authoritative, as both are clearly ambiguous, at least in the UK. Personally I would expect "sales price" to be suggestive of a discounted price during the post-Christmas "sales"
Jul
18
comment On the specifics of illegitimate children
nothus, notus or gnotus literally means known and should decline in agreement with its noun. In this context it should be for illegitimate children recognised by their fathers. If unrecognised, ignotus would be the better Latin.
Jul
13
comment Improvement on James while John had had
Your first example is meaningless without punctuation: it is in effect two sentences and so need a conjunction or at least a colon or semi-colon. In your later examples, the repeated use of the past perfect or pluperfect (more than just a past participle) seems unnatural without any use of the simple past tense, as does the lack of contrast between James and John or with what the teacher liked.
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
Soda water would traditionally from a syphon.
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
In the UK and Canada, soda water now has sodium bicarbonate as a flavouring, as a distinction from plain carbonated water. Hence a Whisky & soda
Jul
5
comment “On the equivalence of A and B” or “between A and B”
@Scott: I do not think you can say that as a definitive rule. See an earlier question
Jul
5
comment could be or could have been stolen?
The original frame, which was made of gold, was replaced with a marble one before it could be stolen also means the frame was replaced before it had the opportunity of being stolen
Jul
4
answered Is usage of “Yours sincerely” still appropriate?