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Apr
27
answered What does “plutonomy” mean?
Apr
27
comment “(it) is necessary”?
I would not use 3 either and so, without a good reason, I suspect it may not be correct
Apr
25
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
24
comment “To be is to do” — “To do is to be” — “Do-be-do-be-do”: what does this mean?
More here
Apr
23
comment Etymology of “Easter”
There is no other evidence for a god or goddess Hretha either. Bede may have invented both.
Apr
23
comment Difference between “yours” and “your”?
Similarly my and mine, her and hers, our and ours, and their and theirs.
Apr
23
answered “Does it make sense?” or “Do you understand me?”?
Apr
23
comment What part of speech is the “be + verb” here? What tense are these sentences in?
I would not regard I shall have him be killed as correct. She is to be stoned for adultery puts the emphasis on stoning as a punishment rather than an event.
Apr
23
answered Etymology of “Easter”
Apr
23
answered Does “oath” have an implied religious connotation?
Apr
22
revised Does English have “plural” verb forms?
3 p sing
Apr
22
answered Does English have “plural” verb forms?
Apr
22
comment Is there a version of brunch for a meal between dinner and lunch?
Dinner has traditionally been the largest meal of the day, whatever time it is eaten
Apr
21
comment Analyzing Will Ferrell's “I Thought” joke
@LarsH: My view is that to get your meaning you need the final "I thought". Even if what he had originally thought was not what he thought he had originally thought, it was (by definition) what he had originally thought.
Apr
21
comment What does “There but for the grace of God — goes God.” mean?
@Louis: The Marxist evangelical Christian Stafford Cripps was often seen as puritan and sanctimonius, particularly by Churchill who was his opposite both in politics and lifestyle; Churchill was suggesting that Cripps thought of himself as being as good as God, or perhaps better.
Apr
20
answered What's a good word for displayed non-frozen non-canned vegetables in the grocery store?
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.