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comment Merry Easter to all of you!
@Waggers: Neither that question nor any of the answers are directed towards this question. That just talks about what, not why. Why not 'Merry' with 'Easter'?
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comment What are some words that start with DL?
In case you haven't figured out otherwise, there are no words in English that start with 'dl' (or 'tl'). That is a rare sequence in any language (some have it but it is rare). If you can edit your question to address everybody's questions about it, we can reopen the question to get real answers.
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comment Use of “contretemps”
Is the question about how the plural is used or about two different things, what the plural is, and separately how to use the singular in a sentence? Your accepted answer doesn't address the plural situation.
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comment Usage of “n times” (two times,…)
Is that how you say it in your native language?
Apr
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Boolean OR in English
Apr
15
comment What is the proper term for describing all 50 states in the USA, without including territories etc
@ElliottFrisch Hardly anyone forgets about it because they never knew about it in the first place.
Apr
15
comment What modal verbs do natives use nowadays?
To be pedantic in the extreme "We don't gotta go." is not terrible at all, and is the correct way to say things in particular varieties of English. It is very informal and would be incorrect in Standard or published English. If you are learning English, you don't want to use that at all.
Apr
15
comment Is “womb owners” an accepted word?
'womb owner' is not slang. 'womb' is definitely not slang, nor is 'owner'; together they're not either. In fact, it sounds like an attempt to avoid all slang possible and verges towards the clinical (but 'womb' is the Anglo-Saxon cognate for the unquestionably clinical 'uterus'). Just because it is Anglo-Saxon doesn't mean it is rude. Compare with 'maw' for 'stomach'.
Apr
15
comment What is the full form of ain't
@DougM if you expect the question to be closed as gen ref or duplicate, an answer in a comment is perfectly appropriate.
Apr
15
comment Who would you say would be Ariel Dorfman's contemporaries in his writing style?
Maybe you should try this one at writers.stackexchange.com? There are really not that many literature questions here.
Apr
15
comment Did 'courgettes' ever have an English name?
To an AmE speaker (me), I have never heard the term 'marrow' before for any kind of squash, zucchini, pumpkin, gourd, small or large or in between.
Apr
14
comment Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?
gn- (word- or syllable-initial) is just plain hard for English speakers.
Apr
12
comment Why 'mention graph' of genuflect is so steep?
'genuflect' is pretty rare and so it is likely that any single use that is propagated will change frequency highly. The word was popularized by Tom Lehrer in Vatican Rag.
Apr
11
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Apr
11
comment What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Many words words have more than one distinct meaning. Look this one up in the dictionary.
Apr
11
comment What do you call it when the current generation thinks the previous is better/more poetic?
What about 'nostalgia'?
Apr
11
comment What does the phrase by Sloterdijk mean?
Can you give more context? Who is Sloterdijk? What kind of carnivals is he concerned with? Can you geive the context or the passage in which this phrase appears?
Apr
11
comment Are these commas correct?
The 2nd and third must go together (either both in or both out). Stylistically, I don't think you really want any of them. You don't really need to parenthesize the 'on the intuitive level'. And the first one isn't really needed.
Apr
10
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