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Jan
15
comment “area” vs. “areal” to describe an estimate of space
Please use area as some people (e.g. me) often misread areal as a-real rather than area-l.
Jan
15
answered Is satay plural?
Jan
9
comment What does “day's” mean?
@Bleeding Fingers: "Mary his car" or "Mary her car"?
Jan
4
comment Where does the phrase “fair do's/dues/doos/does” come from?
It may say that in the Urban Dictionary, but it seems unlikely. Deuce in tennis comes from the French for two, so means "first to be two ahead" rather than "point".
Dec
28
comment Telling the time “3:15” in American English
@Fabien: as a British English speaker I would never say a quarter after three
Dec
28
comment Where does the idiom “root for sth” come from?
There is a verb related to plants, as in a pig rooting for truffles, though it may not be related to supporting.
Dec
10
comment Can “in case” and “if” be used together?
It appears three times in Thy Servant, A Dog, by Rudyard Kipling but since the rest of that is not entirely written in standard English, this may not be a model.
Dec
10
comment Meaning of “at the way” in “she looked away from his face at the way his shoulders sloped”
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber - Ernest Hemingway
Dec
8
comment What is the term for making a cross in the air (like when passing a cemetery)?
See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_of_the_Cross
Dec
6
comment “Iterate” and “iteration” as nouns
I suspect the dictionaries may be wrong. The mathematicians I know pronounce the noun closer to iterative without the final syllable, so perhaps [/ˈɪtərət/] while the verb is more like iteration without its ending
Dec
6
answered The difference between fight for and fight against
Dec
6
answered “Iterate” vs. “Reiterate”
Nov
21
answered Is “Viet Nam” a mistake, a typo, an archaic spelling, a regional spelling, or an idiosyncrasy?
Nov
12
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
3
comment What does 'A small medium at large' phrase means?
@WS2: Starbucks at least has a secret cup size for its coffee-flavoured hot-milk drinks. So asking for a "small" latte/cappuccino/etc. means you will be given a "tall" cup, but asking for a "short" will give you a smaller cup at a marginally lower price than is on the board.
Nov
3
comment What's the meaning of “pence” in this context?
There are typos on english.stackexchange and there are typos on reddit, where this particular quote comes from
Nov
3
comment Semicolon use in statement-questions?
@WS2: presumably you would be happier with "will you ship it by Monday?"
Oct
27
comment Lady Chatterley's Lover: “as rotten as high game”
See Wikipedia "Traditionally, game meat used to be hung until "high", i.e. approaching a state of decomposition. The term 'gamey', 'gamy' refers to this usually desirable taste (haut goût)"
Oct
26
answered Adverbial clause of concession in brackets?
Oct
26
awarded  Populist