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Mar
26
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
3
comment Should I use “got” or “gotten” in the following sentence?
I can think of an improvement: mention that "got" alone (without "have") is the ordinary past tense of "get", in the same way as the difference between "ate" and "have eaten". "Have got" is an anomaly.
Sep
19
comment What do you call hypothetical inhabitants living on the Moon?
Earth would not appear to orbit - it would have phases, but remain stationary in the sky.
Sep
16
awarded  Scholar
Sep
16
accepted Is there a word for a bright spot in the shadow of a lens or lens-like object?
Sep
15
comment Is there a word for a bright spot in the shadow of a lens or lens-like object?
I don't think this definition applies for cases where it is an only slightly brighter spot on a shadow cast onto an object that is not actually in the focal plane.
Sep
15
asked Is there a word for a bright spot in the shadow of a lens or lens-like object?
Aug
25
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
20
comment Word for a police man getting money from someone forcefully
@TrevorD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_(law) it's a legal term in the US.
Aug
19
comment What exactly is an “adverb”?
"""When we say “Go home”, we find that we are using home, a word normally thought of as a noun, as an adverb.""" - I always thought of this as an object to an unacknowledged transitive form of "go".
Apr
5
awarded  Yearling
Oct
5
revised Why is “str” sometimes pronounced as “shtr”?
fix some OCR errors
Oct
5
suggested suggested edit on Why is “str” sometimes pronounced as “shtr”?
Sep
24
comment Phrase to say that something which happened twice already is likely to happen again
I heard it as "Once is happenstance, twice coincidence... three times: enemy action." EDIT: Heh, I never knew that, @Robusto. Shows the quote is in the wild disconnected of its origin, I guess.
Aug
31
comment What to call the best student in a class?
Are these terms still used if this tradition was not actually kept (i.e. the person was not actually invited to - or did not actually - give a speech at the commencement ceremony)?
Aug
21
comment What's the difference between “teeter totter” and “seesaw”?
I had the belief that "seesaw" can also refer to a kind of two-seated swing (two seats opposing each other, hung from the middle with a pair of rigid bar that keeps it horizontal), and that teeter-totter cannot, but apparently either word can refer to this as well.
Aug
21
comment How to describe the phenomenon of “small” people being ignored on the Internet
@KitFox pentalemma?
Aug
19
comment What's the deal with exophoric pronoun references?
If "they" refers to the set of all people who say such a thing, is it reflexophoric?
Aug
1
comment Cheersing vs cheering
"I think it comes from a misguided verbification of the exclamation "cheers!", as in the plural of the noun "cheer"." - why 'misguided'?
May
23
comment Are “traitor” and “trader” pronounced the same?
Right, but "everywhere in America" covers a lot that's not GA. And on a global scale, it is regional.