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Dec
15
comment Using ' – ' in a sentence?
See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash#Parentheses-like_use for this kind of use of the em dash
Dec
10
comment Can anyone locate the paragraph from Laurence Sterne (1700's) on the word “cool”?
archive.org/stream/worksoflaurences00ster#page/152/mode/2up/… will give some pointers (at the bottom of the page) to Sterne's use of the word "cool"
Dec
4
comment declined to override a veto - is that a Yes or a No?
Was the veto confirmed or not overturned? Article V Section I Paragraph 14 of the New Jersey constitution hardly helps.
Dec
4
answered How can I replace the verb references here?
Dec
1
comment Is there a male counterpart to being a virgin?
@otakucode: When? The 13th centrury barely counts, while maiden is a rather different word
Nov
30
comment Pronoun in English without specific referent
I have also seen French and Spanish speakers use an impersonal one excessively in English and make it seem too formal. Informally an impersonal you is commonly used, but this does not work in academic writing. Some writers default to we to mean the writer(s), reader and everybody else.
Nov
30
comment When did men start to lose their “virginity”?
@Rathony: that is rather the point. Three lines earlier you have the explicit "whether it be man or woman, that lives in virginity"
Nov
30
comment When did men start to lose their “virginity”?
Not that it helps much, but there are several versions, with four of them published together. This quote can be seen near the bottom of this page
Nov
27
answered Is 'had have + past participle' a correct grammatical form?
Nov
22
comment What is Josh doing?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Reynolds to read more about Sir Joshua Reynolds and see some of his other self-portraits
Nov
22
comment “Cry foul” - is foul a noun?
Foul is a noun in the Laws of the Game of association football, especially Law 12. So crying "Foul!" can be using an adjective or noun (or perhaps as an imperative verb, inciting cheating),
Nov
21
comment Why don't we say things are pervious?
According to Google ngrams, pervious used to be more common than permeable until about 1867, and is still used
Nov
17
answered what does “to which it is a party” mean in this setence?
Nov
16
comment “Scalp a Ticket” vs “Resell a Ticket”
"Ticket scalpers" in AmE are "ticket touts" in BrE
Nov
9
comment Would Rather Do than Doing?
"I would rather swim than go to the party" or even "I would rather go swimming than go to the party". The modal would takes a bare infinitive
Nov
3
comment Why do we 'cut' a deal?
@BlessedGeek: in a biblical context I would expect they would use the word "covenant" rather than "deal"
Nov
3
comment A form of grammar- what is this called
To me the interesting part of the sentence is the comma. This might suggest "at my house" is a clarification or afterthought. If something more direct is wanted then the comma could be dropped.
Nov
2
comment How do you pronounce “xth”?
@HagenvonEitzen: Personally, I would say nth, n + 1th, n + 2th etc. By contrast, I would say hundred and first etc. but I would see those as different formulations
Nov
2
comment How do you pronounce “xth”?
If you are ever looking for a rhyme for month, how about /ɛn plʌs wʌnθ/ ?
Nov
2
comment Why do we 'cut' a deal?
It is unusual for biblical idioms to enter the English language in the 1970s. Compare "cut a deal" with "skin of my teeth" where the latter is clearly biblical (Job 19:20)