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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)
Oct
25
comment “Authorization” vs “Authorisation” - I'm in some real dilemma
Oxford's use of -ize and -ization is one of the areas where it does not reflect common current British usage
Oct
16
comment Confused about the verb “relax” which means “make or become less tense or anxious”?
I would have thought (2) might suggest "I am not tense or anxious"
Oct
14
comment “To be prepared” - Verb tense question
Most people who prepare do it before the event. Indeed the pre- prefix suggests this.Alternatively, compare the correct "you are more prepared" with the incorrect "you are more prepare".
Oct
8
comment What is the origin of the exclamation mark?
Not having a separate typewriter key was nothing special: 1 (one) could be replaced by l (lower case L) and 0 (zero) by O (upper case o).
Oct
6
comment Is it correct to say “the last word but three”?
@bib I do not need credit.
Oct
6
comment Is it correct to say “the last word but three”?
@bib: I am not sure why you have a hyphen in preantepenultimate
Sep
26
comment If God did not exist, He would have to be invented
Especially since Voltaire did not say "Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer" in English.
Sep
26
comment What is the correct way to write the word “back-end”?
Google ngrams suggest that back-end and backend have increased in popularity recently
Sep
23
comment Blank Questions in GRE
It needs to fit the "since the subject matter ... high art" part too, and irrelevant does not.
Sep
23
comment Blank Questions in GRE
For the same reason as surprising being the best fit in my comment. The other two do not quite fit.