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Jan
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comment Usage of “What” + verb without auxiliary one
Don't read Finnegan's Wake if you're still learning English! For practical purposes, that book is not written in English at all.
Jan
31
answered “Maybe I have colored it too much”
Jan
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comment “Maybe I have colored it too much”
Nota bene I'm an atheist, but I think the flood was supposed to be justified by a story. Genocide is a rather new idea.
Jan
31
comment What's a word that can be used when something, such as a document, is purposely bland?
Stodgy means conservative, which probably fits but refers to content, not style. Vacuous means meaningless or equivocal, so probably doesn't fit. Turgid means bombastic or grandiose, which is the opposite of what we want.
Jan
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Jan
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Not to mention Persephone. Rhymes with phoney, not "pursey phone."
Jan
31
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
The inventor, who also coined the acronym, intended /sexy/ as the pronunciation. Another engineer on the standardization committee countered with the antonymous alternative and it stuck.
Jan
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
@Stein: It's pronounced kyuyuyuyuyu (depending how long).
Jan
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Nice. "My foot itches but it doesn't look red. It's not inflamed; it's only infrared."
Jan
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
You really don't want to secrete anything you don't mean to, in particular not to be secreted away.
Jan
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comment What is it called when you add 'im' to 'possible'?
@Robusto: I LOL'ed.
Jan
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Jan
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comment What does the joke with the punchline about Chrome and Hollandaise mean, and why is it funny?
@Joost: There is no such implication. It's a shaggy dog story or Feghoot. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaggy_dog_story, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feghoot)
Jan
31
comment How to determine if a “[something] fighter” fights for or against [something]?
Or that they are fighting to promote Spam® and against those who oppose it. @Kosmonaut: is the ambiguity that the photographer is just a baby? I don't see any other. Newborn… New Jersey… don't get it.
Jan
31
comment What does “hit margin” mean?
I think the implicit word is "expected," or that the word is referring to specific margins that were introduced earlier.
Jan
31
comment If you are talking “on behalf of” you and someone else, what is the correct usage?
He would want to continue in the first person singular, right?
Jan
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answered If you are talking “on behalf of” you and someone else, what is the correct usage?
Jan
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Jan
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comment What's a word that can be used when something, such as a document, is purposely bland?
Adding to Martha, calling a specific document "boilerplate" would be incorrect (and perhaps accusatory) if the document were in fact written for a specific occasion, regardless of dullness.
Jan
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answered What's a word that can be used when something, such as a document, is purposely bland?