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comment Clothing Nomenclature between US and UK
Minor niggle: dinner jackets (or tuxedos) are for semi-formal occasions. The really-for-real formal attire is "white tie", which means striped trousers (the "stripes" being braid or riband hiding the seams), black or midnight blue tailcoat and white waistcoat. (If the affair is early in the day, morning dress would be appropriate.) Something to keep in mind for those Nobel-award-winning ideas; you'll need to dress up a bit.
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comment “Share me” or “Share with me”?
@oerkelens - It's the "share on X" variant that's causing the problem. But then I still have problems with boot as a verb meaning to cause a device to restart, pulling itself up by its own bootstraps, as it were.
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answered “Share me” or “Share with me”?
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comment Can “a person” be used as plural?
It might help to keep in mind that most of the "prescriptivist rules" were pulled out of thin air (and were intended, at the time, to encourage habits that would make the study of Latin and Greek easier by structuring English in such a way as to make it more similar to them). They never represented the actual grammar of English in any way, and it is only their repetition in schools that causes anyone to think them valid in any way.
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comment Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?
Well, there's glory for you.
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comment Correct Usage of Quotation Marks
Typographically, the introduction of a new term is traditionally marked by italicizing, not quotation. This is reflected in the default behaviour of the HTML <dfn> tag.
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comment Can “a person” be used as plural?
@Ben - There is nothing "inclusive" in a lot of minds about the masculine, and there are (and have been for at least six hundred years) rules about the usage of singular they: its use is restricted to situations in which a hypothetical individual is extracted from a plural context (which does not need to be of mixed or unknown sexual composition).
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comment Can “a person” be used as plural?
@bobie - Not at all. At least singular they goes back to Middle English; replacing thou, thee (and ye, for that matter) with you is, relatively speaking, newfangled sloppiness that should be eradicated.
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comment Do proverbs not require grammar?
English grammar, perhaps? Can you point out what you think the problem is?
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answered Can “a person” be used as plural?
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answered You “show” someone a picture. You “---” someone a song?
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comment Meaning of “clot” in the following sentence
No need to assume a typo; in the 16th century orthography wasn't quite as fixed as it is today. "Clot" is certainly no further than the "clout" in Ne're cast a clout till May be out.
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comment What is the meaning of not in “as often as not” and “as likely as not”?
It also carries a sort of implied at least in most cases, shading in just beneath more than likely on a scale of probabilities, especially in its like as not vernacular form. Often used in the sense of "sure, those hoofbeats could be unicorns, but have you considered horses?".
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comment What does “ 'Nation ” stand for in this context?
I'm not convinced the capital N is a typo; sacre-type profanities were often capitalized in times gone by (a lot of things were; reading older English texts often feels a lot like reading German) and contracting out the first syllable would not change the convention, I don't think. 150 years is a longer time than we often imagine it to be, and things have changed quite a bit.