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comment Which is the correct past tense of “spin”: “span” or “spun”?
dalve would be delved in modern English
May
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revised Apart from place names, are there any Native American words used in English?
examples
May
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answered Apart from place names, are there any Native American words used in English?
Apr
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comment What's the (unobvious) meaning of “I saw you coming”?
@Mr. Disappointment: I had followed that link. The meaning in England is more specific. See for example Wikipedia. Some other online dictionaries define it as a last-minute property price increase, such as Investopedia. I would be want to seeing non-dictionary uses outside this rather restricted context before accepting what thefreedictionary says.
Apr
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comment Is the phrase “keeping the flat tidy and in good nick” grammatical?
I wouldn't use a full stop in the middle.
Apr
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comment What's the (unobvious) meaning of “I saw you coming”?
+1, though to me I was gazumped means someone, having agreed orally (but not yet legally) to sell to me at one price, then decides to sell to somebody else at a higher price.
Apr
30
comment Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months)
@Mark Booth: For April to June, I would say Quarter 2 results or the second quarter results and read Q2 acordingly. Google seems to agree with me: "2nd quartile results" is rare and seems to mean a little better than the middle of the distribution.
Apr
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comment If “hexa-” is a prefix representing six
hexadecimal is a hybrid word, a mixture of Greek and Latin. Perhaps it would better be Greek (dekexial?) or Latin (sedecimal).
Apr
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answered “When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?”
Apr
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comment What is the difference between “Prince William and Kate Middleton Marry” and “Prince William and Kate Middleton were married”?
As in the riddle: "Who has married many a wife, yet remained single all his life?"
Apr
29
answered Until + tense / “since” or “for”
Apr
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comment Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months)
@glowcoder: Trimester certainly does mean three months, from the Latin tres meaning three and menses meaning months.
Apr
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comment Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months)
@glowcoder: DO you really use quartile for three months, rather than for order statistics? Season or trimester are rather more common, and 3 months even more so.
Apr
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comment What does “plutonomy” mean?
It does, but here the ending comes from oikonomia meaning household administration. If the intended meaning had been laws by and for the wealthy, then the word would be plutocracy, using kratos (power).
Apr
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comment How do I pronounce “s's” and “s'”?
I think there is a difference (an audible s) between eggs' shells" and *eggshells
Apr
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answered What does “plutonomy” mean?
Apr
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comment “(it) is necessary”?
I would not use 3 either and so, without a good reason, I suspect it may not be correct
Apr
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comment Looking for etymology or information on the alternate meaning of “I don't care to X”
For the second meaning of not minding, I personally would say "I don't care about getting dirty".
Apr
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comment “To be is to do” — “To do is to be” — “Do-be-do-be-do”: what does this mean?
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