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Apr
20
comment “Touch base” vs “Touch bases”?
Might it be a Baseball idiom?
Apr
20
revised “of the feudal Estates type” or “of the feudal-Estates type”?
verb typo
Apr
18
comment “Why …?” vs. “Why is it that … ?”
You have to be more careful with the negative of the first question because it is more convoluted: I think "Why isn't it that everybody wants to help me?" would be wrong while "Why doesn't everybody want to help me?" is fine.
Apr
16
comment What do “Tea-Paw” and “Tea-Paw Tax double header” mean?
Tax just means his speeches were about taxation, a topic of particular interest to the Tea Party. The original Boston Tea Party was a protest organised by smugglers objecting to cheap legal tea undercutting their business.
Apr
15
answered What do “Tea-Paw” and “Tea-Paw Tax double header” mean?
Apr
15
answered Is the conditional a mood or a tense?
Apr
12
comment Why do they say “love fifteen,” in tennis?
You have had explanations of love. The fifteen may come from a clock and means you have a quarter of the points needed to win the game. Or it may come from positions in the French jeu de paume.
Apr
12
comment Why do they say “love fifteen,” in tennis?
The French don't use love, but more oddly they don't use deuce (à deux) either.
Apr
12
comment Why did this Brit say “took a punt”?
In Rugby football, a punt can be picked up by the same team if they get there first (which is unlikely but not impossible), and so is not the automatic turnover that it is in American football. Try from 0:49 of this
Apr
11
comment Are any of the t-glottolization, th-fronting, h-dropping, etc. in English a phonological complex?
You can see centuries-old h-dropping and th-fronting among the educated in Gulliver's Travels when Swift uses both Redriff (Pepys and Evelyn used Redriffe) and Rotherhith (now Rotherhithe) as Gulliver's home.
Apr
9
answered Other words/expressions for “mathematical equation”
Apr
6
answered How to properly use “lump sum”
Apr
5
revised When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”
another past example
Apr
5
comment When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”
@Karl: I have changed the list slightly to meet your point, as in real life the parents of the Jim I am thinking of did not divorce.
Apr
5
revised When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”
change suggested by commnet
Apr
5
answered When to use “has lived” vs. “lived” vs. “had lived”
Apr
4
comment Plural of “Popeye”
@JustnBeaver: why not the Olive Oylers?
Apr
4
comment Plural of “Popeye”
Presumably the group is Popeye, a single member is a Popeyer and some or all of the members together are Popeyers.
Apr
3
comment History of “Asian American” / “African American” nomenclature
Negro is not the infamous "N-word", but it is slightly dated. It appears for example in the title of the United Negro College Fund started in 1944.
Apr
3
revised History of “Asian American” / “African American” nomenclature
order was Negro -> Colored -> Black -> African American