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Jul
18
comment On the specifics of illegitimate children
nothus, notus or gnotus literally means known and should decline in agreement with its noun. In this context it should be for illegitimate children recognised by their fathers. If unrecognised, ignotus would be the better Latin.
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
Soda water would traditionally from a syphon.
Jul
7
comment What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink?
In the UK and Canada, soda water now has sodium bicarbonate as a flavouring, as a distinction from plain carbonated water. Hence a Whisky & soda
Jul
5
comment “On the equivalence of A and B” or “between A and B”
@Scott: I do not think you can say that as a definitive rule. See an earlier question
Jul
5
comment could be or could have been stolen?
The original frame, which was made of gold, was replaced with a marble one before it could be stolen also means the frame was replaced before it had the opportunity of being stolen
Jul
4
answered Is usage of “Yours sincerely” still appropriate?
Jul
1
comment What to call the area where the hair directions all change on the head?
Wikipedia calls this a tuft
Jun
17
comment Accents of characters in Downton Abbey
Just for the record, Downton Abbey is an ITV production, and has nothing to do with the BBC
Jun
16
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Jun
12
comment Hypernyms for restaurant dishes
In the US, the main course is often called the entrée, just to confuse Europeans
Jun
12
comment Hypernym for “import” and “export”?
and sometimes just trade, as in "balance of trade"
Jun
9
awarded  Caucus
Jun
3
comment An Exocentric compound for Children
@pavja2: I suspect he means something like the "Holy Roman Empire" which was said not to be holy, Roman or an empire. But something children would appreciate.
May
31
comment What would you call a person from India?
In English "Hindu" (like the Spanish "Indú") traditionally used to mean "of India", as in the lingua franca "Hindustani" or the mountains of the "Hindu Kush". But now it is taken to be religious.
May
28
comment Is there a word which describes being unable to see the stars because of the brightness of the moon?
It may be difficult to show outshined is the common usage, except perhaps in a shoe-shining competition
May
24
comment That's the way it worked
@Mike: You can shorten that has to that's as in "That's worked", giving you a past (or perfect) tense.
May
16
comment “Rogative” root (as in prerogative, derogative, interrogative)
Prerogative is "one person one vote" taken to an distorted extreme: the person with the prerogative is asked first and then nobody else is asked.
May
3
comment How do you denote date and time in written English?
It is a matter of personal style. I would say "Could we meet on Wednesday 28 May at 1:45pm?" and I would expect to be understood.
Apr
23
comment This is [adj] is what this is
"This is humiliating beyond belief" would be standard English.
Apr
16
comment A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)
The Regency Café in your picture is rather smart in an art deco style, with a wider menu and fresher food than most greasy spoons.