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Aug
26
comment If I invent a word, what language is it?
jbese. That's what it should be called.
Aug
26
comment Identifying British accents
listen to Richard Dawkins for a good example -- search youtube
Aug
25
answered When did presidents start using their middle initial (e.g. JFK)? Was that common of the general population?
Aug
24
comment “a” or “an” for words that don't start with vowels but sound like they're starting with a vowel
I've noticed that speakers of Tagalog, for instance, seem to have difficulty saying words beginning with an S consonant blend, preferring to say estore or estudent.
Aug
24
answered Does “will you stop here, please” express a command or exhortation?
Aug
24
comment How can I reliably and accurately identify the passive voice in writing or speech?
Counterexample: the bill became law. The bill isn't actively doing anything, but the grammatical construct is active voice. In contrast to, say, "the bill was signed into law."
Aug
24
comment How can I reliably and accurately identify the passive voice in writing or speech?
On what planet is "am holding" a "to be" verb?
Aug
24
answered How should “Home sweet home” be punctuated?
Aug
24
answered Is it normal to separate hyphenated words on different lines?
Aug
24
answered “Visualized” equivalent adjective for audio
Aug
24
answered When is it appropriate to use the original pronunciation of a foreign word versus the English pronunciation?
Aug
24
answered “e.g.” versus “i.e.”
Aug
24
comment Alternatives to “and/or”?
@Shinto: I disagree: John and Mark are over 6 feet tall. No 'or' meaning there. Often we do mean XOR by 'or': Either John or Mark is at Harvard this fall. (I'm not sure which one, but it's not both.)
Aug
24
answered What does the expression “body shop” mean?
Aug
24
comment Where do the words for daughter, son, aunt, uncle, mother, father, cousin, nephew, niece come from?
It's not necessarily obvious above, but uncle in Latin is "little grandfather." The first-degree relations are pretty much straight from German roots.
Aug
24
comment What are the possible words for a task?
FYI, "I am having trouble finding the exact meaning" sounds more natural.
Aug
24
comment Based vs Located
Agree, but would point out that using based in X implies that there are significant operations elsewhere, whereas located in Y implies that essentially the entire operation is there.
Aug
24
answered “right” vs “correct”
Aug
24
comment Which is correct: “prefer X to Y” or “prefer X over Y”?
How is "I prefer sleep to work." ambiguous?
Aug
24
comment What is the origin of the colloquial term “bum” meaning a homeless person?
Also note the similar use meaning "to ask for a handout; beg," for instance, "Can I bum a cigarette?"