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Jan
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comment When did the phrase “eat sh*t” enter the English Language?
@SvenYargs: I found This House Against this House, Vincent Sheean, p 317, Random House, 1946 with ("What can you do with a people who eat shit?" the American soldier says; and the habits of the Hindus with cow dung are perhaps the most specific shock of all these I am enumerating.)
Jan
20
comment How to make clear the difference between 0 and O?
India Alfa Two Oscar
Jan
20
comment How to make clear the difference between 0 and O?
There are typefaces which make the distinction clearer, such as oO0 and Il1
Jan
16
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Jan
16
revised Why does Hamlet not say, “ere he rots?”
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Jan
13
comment What is the figurative meaning of “cold pizza”?
A study suggested that cold pizza from the night before tastes better than cold cheese-on-toast: perhaps with the tomato layer preventing certain chemical reactions
Jan
12
comment Isn't “birthed” wrong?
If birther is a word then birthed seems plausible. Indeed my spell-checker prefers the latter.
Jan
12
comment Is English the only language that always capitalizes “I”?
@WS2: Ego, tu, nos, vos,
Jan
8
comment Split infinitives
Even when there was a rule, there were examples of its use
Jan
6
comment What does cheap win mean?
Perhaps positive benefits without much cost or effort
Jan
4
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Jan
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Jan
4
reviewed No Action Needed What is the proper usage of “Y'all” in southern American dialects
Jan
4
comment What is the proper usage of “Y'all” in southern American dialects
I would have thought a closer Spanish equivalent of y'all might be vosotros (you and others) rather than ustedes (your graces, a 3rd person construction).
Jan
4
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Jan
4
comment Why “the powers that be”?
@Araucaria: because that is how certain people wrote English in the 16th century, translating a present participle from Greek that might be read more literally as something like "authorities in being". I have no idea of the exact nuance: perhaps it suggests not just the Roman authorities at the moment Paul was writing in the 1st century but also those that later came into existence.
Jan
3
answered Why “the powers that be”?
Dec
17
comment What is the meaning of active service and active services in the context of corporations?
I might guess that active services could refer to services provided outside the corporate group and its employees
Dec
17
comment What is the meaning of active service and active services in the context of corporations?
Context might help