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Jul
30
comment What is a single word to describe beating someone brutally?
I just searched U.S. news outlets for use of the word "brutalize" and could not find a single use indicating rape.
Jun
22
comment Is it “alright” or “allright”?
Makes sense in a way, but I think you're alone in making this distinction. In particular, it'd be hard to distinguish these when spoken (rather than written).
Jun
22
comment Is it “alright” or “allright”?
I would call the latter "completely wrong." But, like many things in English, it's completely acceptable these days. Language evolves.
May
12
comment Other expression for “Off the top of my head”
I've noticed a LOT of people seem to have signature phrases they use, especially when giving talks. "Right?", "Ok?", "you see...", etc. One friends appends "for that" to the end of everything he says... drives me nuts. Anyway, I think you're smart to try and diversify.
Apr
26
comment What are the distinctions between “authoritarian”, “totalitarian”, and “dictatorial”?
Can you explain what characteristics make (say) Qaddafi an autocrat rather than a despot? Are these examples well-accepted, or more from personal opinion?
Feb
28
comment Is English becoming easier or harder to learn?
There have been attempts to take subsets of English and enforce a few rules to keep that "mass of stuff" manageable. They haven't really caught on (perhaps Wikipedia's Basic English effort will?!).
Feb
28
comment “like I” or “like me”?
@Stan: I'm a professor (of Computer Science) and I definitely speak "properly" when lecturing. But I'm also a rockclimber, and with my buddies I switch into a pretty crude vernacular that my wife wouldn't approve of. So I guess how I speak depends on the context.
Feb
27
comment “like I” or “like me”?
@Stan: the battle is a losing one. I've trained my young children to use "lie" and "lay" properly, but once they started school all my work was undone by their teachers and friends. I suppose there are more important things to worry about, however. Cheers!
Feb
27
comment “like I” or “like me”?
Are we really going to define correct English as requiring the potential to misunderstand? Me sure me could say sumthing yousing awfull grammer and you could still understand it. But it's not pleasant to read somehow.
Feb
27
comment “like I” or “like me”?
I strongly disagree. If someone asks for "John" on the phone, I say "this is he" without batting an eyelash. I couldn't force "this is him" out of my mouth if I tried. I also use predicate nominatives in other circumstances where I'm sure it sounds awkward these days: "it was they".
Feb
25
comment What is an alternative expression to “this”?
If it appeals to you, skip the synonym and let the context work for you. "Medicine is very important. Consider the fact that..."
Feb
21
comment What word(s) describe a woman's voice as “sexy”?
Where I come from, "husky" means raspy and masculine. Depending on one's tastes this could be attractive I suppose.