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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
5
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
3
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Jan
28
comment Why does the *dirty* in *dirty mind* refer to sex instead of any type of immoral thought?
While there is a question in the title, it is not really answerable in a meaningful way. Further, there doesn't seem to be any actual question in the body, despite the attachment of question marks to rhetorical statements.
Jan
22
comment “unpack” as “analyze” rather than “remove from container”
I don't have an answer, but "parsing" and "unpacking" are very strongly linked in computer science, and your tertiary definition(s) are practical definitions of "to parse".
Jan
16
comment Is there a British English equivalent for the expression “X has nothing on Y?”
That's why I asked: can you clarify why you think it is a bad choice? It is an honest question in that I do not presume to know the answer to it.
Jan
16
comment Is there a British English equivalent for the expression “X has nothing on Y?”
Why do you give "lower marks" to the one-to-one option "they've got nothing on me"? Is it because it is not as idiomatic as the American version or is it because it is idiomatic but doesn't mean the same thing.
Jan
14
answered Hypernym for “interpolation” and “extrapolation”