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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
Sep
14
comment What does “Red tape” refer to?
@burnt_hand: I can't imagine there being any kind of authoritative source on this, but I'd guess it's much more akin to cutting the ribbon on a gift package.
Sep
14
comment How to pronounce “beach” and “bitch”? What's the difference?
Part of the difficulty may be that you are pronouncing other short i sounds as ee, so your friends grow accustomed to that as your pronunciation. Then in their ears, your ee sound in beach gets translated to a short i even though in this case you pronounced it correctly.
Sep
14
comment Can we say “Had Einstein used his spare time on something more useful for the society, …”
For what it's worth, this is the contrary to fact usage of the not-quite-dead-yet subjunctive.
Sep
14
comment Word to describe “fleeting, wandering and prone to drifting off” of thought
"Break down," meaning to analyze, is two words. A breakdown refers to a failure of some kind: mechanical, communication, etc.
Sep
14
comment What is a good way to refer to stories that are meant for adults?
Once, at a Discovery Zone-type store, I asked a saleswoman if they had puzzles and things not for kids. She yelled across the store to her coworker, "Hey, Linda! Show this guy the adult toys." We all had a chuckle then.
Sep
9
comment How dangerous is the acceptance of common usage on traditional English?
Vote to close as subjective, contentious, and generally impertinent.
Sep
8
comment Should I reformat this sentence?
How about "track record you seek"?
Sep
4
comment When is it correct to capitalise 'earth'?
@Neil: "a hole in the earth" conforms to my proposed rule. And anyway, to me a hole in the earth is a hole in the ground, not a hole in the planet. But I'd still say the asteroid bored a hole clean through the earth.
Sep
4
comment In which context does “anticipated” mean “came or took place before”?
To me this is not the same as "take place before." More like "hasten."
Sep
4
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Sep
4
revised What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
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Sep
4
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
La-FAY-ette, AL
Sep
4
comment What does “from hunger” mean?
Anyone else amused by "very mediocre"? As opposed to just a little bit mediocre, perhaps.
Sep
4
comment What does “from hunger” mean?
doesn't apply to this context
Sep
4
comment Is “laid down” a proper term?
I believe it's the keel that is laid down as the starting point for shipbuilding.