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Sep
18
answered Response to “God Bless” when parting company
Sep
18
answered How do native English speakers respond to “Thank you”?
Sep
18
comment Can we say “Had Einstein used his spare time on something more useful for the society, …”
Assuming it's me you'd like to elaborate, the past conditional would go like this: If I knew that information when I finished school, I've forgotten it now. (Maybe I knew it, maybe I didn't.) Contrast with a typical contrary to fact conditional: If I had known you were coming, I would have hidden the vodka. (The point is that I didn't know you were coming.) It could also be phrased, "Had I known..." It looks like a past perfect, but is actually past tense subjunctive mood.
Sep
18
answered How dangerous is the acceptance of common usage on traditional English?
Sep
18
answered Starting an independent statement with “I mean, …”
Sep
18
revised Word for when people store scarce resources to increase demand and sell at higher price
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Sep
18
answered Why is it “your Majesty”, but “my Lord”?
Sep
18
comment What does “What are you up to?” mean?
Can also mean "What's your scheme?" as when the boss comes in after hours to find you hauling cement bags into the office.
Sep
18
answered Inverse of “being a fan of”?
Sep
18
comment Do “normal people” know the terms URL and GUI?
@Midhat: the closest definition I see on a cursory search is from Wiktionary: "(computing) The connection between a user and a machine. [Example] The options are selected via the user interface." I have a hard time believing a foreigner who doesn't speak English will get the notion of buttons and text fields, etc. from this verbiage.
Sep
18
comment What are some uncommon but valid portmanteau words that people use?
Don't forget rockumentary, coined in 1969. And how about prequel and threepeat?
Sep
18
comment They might keep knowledge of its potential to effect social change from being widely disseminated
Note the use of the verb meaning of "effect": to bring about.
Sep
18
comment Word for when people store scarce resources to increase demand and sell at higher price
@mickeyf: How about Merriam-Webster? "[n.] control or ownership of enough of the available supply of a commodity or security especially to permit manipulation of the price " followed by "[v.] to get a corner on <corner the market>" What's your source?
Sep
17
answered When did “y'all” become improper?
Sep
17
answered Word for when people store scarce resources to increase demand and sell at higher price
Sep
17
comment Which is right, “bananas and apples” or “apples and bananas” or both?
Where do I -1 for the teach?
Sep
15
comment Which is correct: “is it worth it?” or “does it worth it?”
Think of "worth it" as an adjective meaning "worthwhile" or "valuable". Then you'll never go wrong.
Sep
15
comment Which is correct: “troubleshooted” or “troubleshot”?
Agree with Boofus: I spent xx hours troubleshooting.
Sep
15
comment Do “normal people” know the terms URL and GUI?
"Graphical User Interface, User Interface , Program Interface" I'm pretty sure Joe Normal has no idea what these mean either.
Sep
14
answered “Fixing to” at the beginning of a sentence