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Aug
31
comment What is the plural form of “status”?
@ShreevatsaR radii
Aug
30
comment Is the word “acronym”, in fact, clearly defined?
There are many English words which different people use in different ways. Acronym is an example, as your post and the introduction and first section of the Wikipedia article state. It can be clearly defined, but other people will go on using it in different ways, and English has no accepted prescriptive authority.
Aug
30
comment is it correct to use 'often a times'?
As far as I can tell, "oftentimes" (or "ofttimes") can almost always be replaced by "often", and probably should be. By contrast I would suggest that "often at times" is best used as part of a longer phrase such as "They always went to church at least once a week, more often at times" or "She reported from many countries, often at times of conflict".
Aug
29
comment Possessive apostrophes
Possessive its does not have an apostrophe
Aug
25
comment Is there a word for a 'person who likes bubbles'?
@SomethingDark: looking at the Greek usage, I would guess more like pompholugophile with a -g- in the stem
Aug
11
comment that clause and omitting relative pronoun
You have omitted "that was", not just "that"
Jul
18
comment Is “how come” slang?
@user58319: I suspect It was all present: How cometh ...? * to *How comes ...? and then a set phrase of How come?, perhaps with a past of How came ...? which is now rarely used.
Jul
12
comment What does the phrase “it’s like Groundhog Day every day” mean, and where does it originate?
@Martijn: conceit
Jul
4
comment Pronunciation rules
I would have thought an online dictionary for example saying tough, though, through and thorough are pronounced /tʌf/, /ðəʊ/, /θruː/ and /ˈθʌrə/ respectively was an indication that the relationship between English orthography and pronunciation can be complicated and that the spelling often does not indicate the sounds of words.
Jul
1
comment will or be v-ing?
Not C or D as halls do not build
Jun
30
comment Origin of the term 'country mile'?
@Kylos - I thought I had said that with "the difficulty of terrain makes a country mile harder to travel"
Jun
22
comment “Both a” vs “a both”
That looks odd for adjectives which usually come before the noun. Perhaps "This thing is both natural and powerful" as an alternative
Jun
19
comment “Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.' 'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.”
@IQAndreas: And medica has pointed out it was written by Stephen Crane (died 1900)
Jun
19
comment “Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.' 'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.”
@IQAndreas It is all over the internet attributed to Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but like you I find that doubtful. A quick search at a page with the text of the five books could not find a single example of the word "obligation" (there are three examples of "obliged" in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe).
Jun
3
comment Do I need to use “from” after “graduated”?
@HotLicks: being British, I would use a preposition, either at or from and name the university. High schools (or better secondary schools) do not produce graduates here.
May
23
comment A word to describe a London projects dweller
If you include housing association premises as well as council housing, this is called social housing
May
20
comment Why did Mother Teresa use the phrase “it is a poverty”?
I see nothing wrong with your suggestion of "it is a poor thing" and English not being her first language (or the first language of the people she talked to).
May
20
comment Did they say “hand job” in the 1800s?
"triangulate", at least as a survey term, would have been meaningful in the 1860s, such as this example
May
15
comment If it was'nt / hadn't been for
Plural "were" or subjunctive "were"?
May
11
comment What's a correct expression for professions in which you do a lot of sitting?
You can run words together in English, but you are more likely to keep the spaces, as in back-friendly sitting positions. It reminds me of the British claim to excel at "sitting-down sports" such as cycling, rowing, sailing and equestrian.