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Apr
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answered A term for words that change pronunciation with part of speech
Jan
21
answered What is the name of the profession “creating layouts for web sites and CSS and HTML” in English?
Jan
5
answered Expression for “getting 'aha' moment after long time of failing explanations”
Dec
28
comment Why is service pronounced the way it is?
"the same pronunciation rules" I don't think we generally have pronunciation rules in English. Spellings were normally made to represent pronunciations, rather than the other way around.
Dec
22
comment Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar?
I think the idea that there are two sorts of grammar - prescriptive and descriptive, and you can choose which to study - is misleading. There is grammar, and there are two activities you can get involved in - describing it and prescribing it.
Dec
22
comment Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar?
Yes. The site prescribes how to use the site. I don't think it should generally prescribe how to use English.
Dec
19
comment Can 'artificial' be used alone?
If the compound is identical to one from a living thing, it can be called "nature identical", but not "natural".
Dec
19
answered Can 'artificial' be used alone?
Dec
18
comment Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar?
I think the purpose of this site is in describing English language and usage accurately, not prescribing it. Descriptions of prominent or widespread prescriptions would be on topic, but I think our own prescriptions would not be.
Dec
18
comment Plural or singular
Ok, so we should always search for duplicates before answering?
Dec
18
answered Plural or singular
Dec
16
comment Is “prepone” being used outside India?
This isn't an answer to the question.
Dec
16
answered Web site providing tailored content… and the negative social side effect
Dec
8
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Nov
26
comment What is the name of this “yawning like” movement?
@AmirrezaNasiri It's not a common word. I'm a native English speaker and I don't think I've ever come across this word before. Google Ngrams suggests it's about 1/1000 times as common in books as 'yawn': books.google.com/ngrams/…
Oct
24
comment Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”
@Izkata A watch is an analog device in the sense that the angle of the hands is analogous to the time - as the time increases so does the angle. What is analogous to what with a book?
Sep
30
comment Shoplifting vs. a word for “someone who orders, eats and sneaks without paying the check”
There is a distinction between stealing food and eating and not paying for it. If someone has a restaurant meal, planning to pay, and then when the bill comes they decides to run away, they haven't stolen the food. You can't steal something that you've already digested. In England and Wales, until the Theft Act 1978 created the offence of 'making of without payment' they wouldn't have been guilty of any crime, although they would be in debt to the restaurant.
Sep
29
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Sep
29
answered Shoplifting vs. a word for “someone who orders, eats and sneaks without paying the check”
Sep
18
comment Can you be literal about non-literal things?
Since perhaps the 1750s, not 1950s literally has been used as an intensifier. See itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002611.html