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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?
Oct
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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).
Oct
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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?
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comment Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
@WalterMitty which does not invalidate the answer in any way, just two different uses for the same word, plenty of examples of that. If talking about a bug regression the context is 100% clear.
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comment A word or phrase for 'Holy grail' (a goal impossible to achieve)
@ermanen: just because the word "holy" is in there it does not imply a religious meaning to the sentence. "Holy grail" is such a commonly used expression that any religious connotation is lost. It may, however make you think of killer rabbits and african swallows...
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comment What does “Clearasil-scented grammatical sloth” in casual American speech mean?
@Dave Gordon: understanding that the language changes has nothing to do with liking the way the language is changing though...
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comment “When I was in college…” Do you really mean college? Or university?
@Arlaud Pierre: with the big exception of the "Collège de France"...
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