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Mar
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revised What's the meaning for 'de' in “Tour de France”?
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Mar
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comment I've said it once, I've said it twice, I've said it a thousand times: English doesn't make sense
While twice may be more usual than two times, the reverse is the case with thrice and three times.
Feb
11
comment What's the difference between “blond” and “blonde”?
@Edwin Ashworth: as others have said, it seems that blond woman is more common in American English than British English, whether deliberately or accidentally. For some British readers it may be jarring, which is as close as a non-prescriptive language comes to being wrong.
Feb
5
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Jan
29
awarded  Yearling
Jan
19
comment The Copyeditor's Handbook says this is not a suspended compound
If you leave out the units from the first number, you could run into difficulties with something like "the current mortality data are consistent with between 63 and 136,000 cases" and whether the first number is about half the second or less than a thousandth (the latter in this particular example)
Jan
13
comment Is there an English idiom for trying to do two things at the same time and failing at both of them due to splitting your effort?
"If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus" - James Maxton
Jan
3
comment We're finished vs We're done
I would have thought "I'm done ..." is as good or bad as "I'm finished ..."
Dec
28
comment Is “will open 1st quarter 2015” grammatically correct?
Probably not in British English (an implied in the), but the meaning is clear
Dec
27
comment Is there a single word for “turn a blind eye”?
From a historical point of view, Parker´s order to withdraw was designed to be disregarded if Nelson wished to continue the battle. The British Articles of War were strict, and so Nelson could only withdraw if ordered to do so, no matter what the situation, as seen by the execution of Admiral Byng half a century earlier. Parker´s words when giving the order were "I will make the signal of recall for Nelson's sake. If he is in condition to continue the action, he will disregard it; if he is not, it will be an excuse for his retreat and no blame can be imputed to him."
Dec
21
comment Why does 'swings and roundabouts' mean 'gains and losses that offset each other'?
The strange thing is that both swings and roundabouts return to where they started (unlike, say, a slide) but this is not part of the meaning of the phrase.
Dec
17
comment Is it correct/idiomatic to say “got informed there?”
The school was full of gossip. So Anna was probably told there.
Dec
17
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
16
comment 1 % of (the) GDP - with or without the article?
On its own, I would use "1% of GDP" or "1% of US GDP" but in context "1% of the GDP of the United States"
Dec
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
15
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
15
answered Person whose recorded voice announces upcoming content on radio
Dec
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
12
comment Is there a saying or proverb for a situation where the weakest party will always lose?
That is not a quote from the book. The nearest is "For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"
Dec
11
comment What does “and counting” in “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and counting” mean?
The number is not being counted: instead a recent PLoS article based it on the estimated amount of plastic in the oceans and the estimated sizes. Some pieces are bigger such as some netting shown here where some netting is providing a marine habitat