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Jun
10
awarded  Caucus
Jun
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answered common name for small villages
Jun
3
comment Alternative to “a bunch”?
I don't see it as abuse, but rather empowerment.
May
20
comment Not being able to differentiate between two related but exclusive words?
Usually in cases like this, the explainer is being overly pedantic about meaning without regard to actual usage and probably is ignorant (naively or otherwise) of the ways in which similar or sound-alike words are used as proxies for other words, terms, and concepts.
May
20
comment “A mice problem” vs. “a mouse problem”
It is grammatically correct to say it either way. It is probably more common to use the singular.
Apr
4
comment No coffee, no workee - meaning
@KristinaLopez: I agree 100% with your answer, but I have to say, having seen those commercials air "first-run" that is decidedly NOT "Pidgin English" they are speaking. The laundry and the slogan are problematic, but the actors are straight-up American.
Apr
2
comment Have you a beef with me?
Actually, it would be "You got a BEEF WITH ME?!" "Have you a beef with me?" is so very horribly polite, possibly involves tea and a pinky...
Mar
27
comment Gender neutral term for “maiden name”?
Well, this is "english language and usage"! :)
Mar
27
comment Gender neutral term for “maiden name”?
Birth name seems to be the forerunner, but "given name" and "family name" are pretty common as well. Research "legal change of name" and you'll see that those are terms often resorted to.
Mar
25
answered What does “My duh on” mean?
Mar
21
comment What is the small room most businesses have at their entrance called?
While they all have this covered with vestibule, the term for your specific definition is "airlock entry." google.com/…
Mar
5
comment “Should I” vs. “Shall I” vs. “Do I” in AE
Note that as bib pointed out, if spoken emphasis is on "I" you are asking which of the two choices (I/we) is going to do the deed, but without that emphasis, you are offering yourself as the candidate. Either way, the implication is that a choice has been made.
Mar
5
comment “Should I” vs. “Shall I” vs. “Do I” in AE
@NourishedGourmet: Yes, basically. In your example, I might say that "Shall I?" is more like "I will unless you tell me not to" but tone of voice is going to point out which side of that very narrow divide the speaker is on. When I myself say "Shall[...]?" I have pretty much decided to take a course of action but allowing the other person to veto.
Mar
5
comment “Should I” vs. “Shall I” vs. “Do I” in AE
@bib: the question is "what is the difference" not "what is more often chosen"? In my personal experience very few people use "shall", but there is a difference in implication nonetheless.
Mar
5
answered “Should I” vs. “Shall I” vs. “Do I” in AE
Feb
26
comment Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?
I can't quite articulate why I find this answer unsatisfying: the answer is obviously correct in the normal sense. I think the case in question, however differs subtly in that goat milk referred to in the context is a commodity which allows it to resist the application of an apostrophe. The OP hints at this in his/her observation that many packagers label it without using an apostrophe. Sort of a phrasal singular noun which contains a group/plural. It may even be regulatory.
Feb
5
revised What is the military term for calling attention to yourself, in a negative way?
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Feb
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revised What is the military term for calling attention to yourself, in a negative way?
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Feb
5
answered What is the military term for calling attention to yourself, in a negative way?
Feb
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awarded  Yearling