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comment Is “terroir” never translated?
@tchrist Asking for a definition is different from asking for a translation
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comment Why do we say plenty of x?
still used in modern French: il y plein de choses à faire (there are plenty of things to do).
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comment Word for enemy becoming an ally?
@Area51DetectiveFiction what if the defector was one of your enemies?
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comment What is the difference between “metaphorical”, “allegorical”, and “figurative”?
@Mike no offense taken, I was actually thought to use "a" in front of a word beginning with h, but I often get it wrong :-) didn't realise "an" was archaic, thanks for pointing that out, I learnt something new!
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revised What is the difference between “metaphorical”, “allegorical”, and “figurative”?
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comment What is the difference between “metaphorical”, “allegorical”, and “figurative”?
@Mike just notice this comment now, the best thing to do in those cases is to edit the answer. By the way that is a common mistake for people whose native language is Italian as we do not pronounce h :) so here's the answer to your question.
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comment Is “denigrate” a racist word?
@Centaurus in Italy for sure: my parents, who are now in their 60s, remember it from their childhood (although it was already disappearing at the time). I have also heard the same in France. However, it is something that has happened (or continues to happen) all over the world. See for instance the references here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… (e.g. "In a 2007 study in Taiwan, 59.3% of children studied had been forced to convert from left-handedness to right-handedness.")
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comment Is “denigrate” a racist word?
@Centaurus not long ago left-handed child were "encouraged" (read beaten until they learnt) to learn to write with their right hand...
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comment Why is the word 'bologna' pronounced like 'baloney'?
@Adeptus: interesting, didn't know that!
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comment Why is the word 'bologna' pronounced like 'baloney'?
@Adeptus never bought bologna in the US, how does it differ from the Italian one?
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comment Is “a wide range of features” singular or plural?
So, I am presumptuous, that is fine with me, as long as you don't mix it's and its... And, yes you are right on the subjunctive, it slipped through, it happens (but it's wrong).
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comment Is “a wide range of features” singular or plural?
@Janus interestingly the human race got by for thousands of years doing many stupid things, but that doesn't make them right... I do not have a problem with people not following grammar rules, however I like to follow them as much as I can. And yes I will correct people if I think they are wrong, even if it is just my opinion, what's wrong with that?