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Aug
20
comment Word for a police man getting money from someone forcefully
Regardless of the origin, if you were to say "The police officer confiscated the money", I think most people would assume that the police office was acting within his official duty and that the seller had done something wrong, like not having a permit. If the police officer was not acting within his official duties, and was taking the money for himself, then extortion, shakedown, or one of the other suggestions would be more appropriate.
May
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May
15
comment Is being “low on the totem pole” good or bad?
@Kris the other answers haven't changed in two years, so I think I'll keep mine as it is as well. Unless you can provide something to show that the phrase "low on the totem pole" is used to mean something different than what my answer says.
Apr
24
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Mar
31
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Mar
28
comment How to guess the pronunciation of some inconsistencies in English?
@Jean-PhilippeLeclerc The verb is just "pronounce" as in "How do you pronounce this word?" or "Why are they pronounced like that?" The way you pronounce a word is its pronunciation.
Mar
28
comment How to guess the pronunciation of some inconsistencies in English?
@tchrist "The interesting thing is that educated native speakers of English will almost always come up with the same pronunciation of a new or made-up word." I have to completely disagree with that. Forte, neanderthal, cache, melee, meme come quickly to mind as words that people, even educated people, often pronounce wrong if they've only seen them and never heard them.
Mar
28
comment How to guess the pronunciation of some inconsistencies in English?
@Jean-PhilippeLeclerc Fyi, pronounciate is not a word. As for your question, I understand what you are trying to ask, but I just don't know that there is AN answer. There are so many rules to different combinations of letters, not to mention regional differences as well as differences between AE and BE.
Mar
27
comment Does your name belong to you?
@camelbrush, not really. Although it doesn't exclude that.
Mar
27
comment Singular or plural “set”?
@span, the point is that the applications communicate, not the set.
Mar
27
answered Singular or plural “set”?
Mar
27
answered Does your name belong to you?
Mar
7
answered “Multiple” vs. “additional”
Mar
6
comment Is it correct to say “that place is like 5 miles from here”?
@Mitch maybe it's a regional thing, but it is certainly used both ways were I come from. In "Regina is, like, ridiculously hot." like=filler. In "It's like five miles from here." like=approximately. "A marathon is, like, 26.2 miles." like=filler.
Mar
6
comment Is it correct to say “that place is like 5 miles from here”?
It would depend on context and tone of voice. But you are right, it could definitely mean that. Added to answer
Mar
6
revised Is it correct to say “that place is like 5 miles from here”?
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Mar
5
answered Is it correct to say “that place is like 5 miles from here”?
Mar
5
answered “Whom of which”, a valid expression?
Feb
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