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Jan
27
comment Is there a term for a free ride without consent?
Or running off without paying for a restaurant meal. The legal term is "making off without payment". It's an offence under the Theft Act 1978.
Dec
21
comment What's the origin of the word 'noise' in photography?
The original meaning of noise doesn't relate directly to AM radios. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary it's a 13th century word, and meant "loud outcry, clamor, shouting,".
Nov
29
comment “Throw you with a stone” vs “Throw a stone at you”
How common is it for people to say "I will throw you with a stone" or similar in South Africa, and is it said by people with fluent English? Perhaps it is not a mistake but a difference between S.A. English and British English.
Oct
28
comment Computer-related terms that have been adopted in common English
I don't think this answers the question, which as I read it asks for terms that originated in computing and are now applied outside that field.
Oct
9
answered Terminology for fake photograph
Oct
9
answered Can we pronounce the 'th' sound as a d?
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Sep
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Sep
23
comment Do “coterminous” and “conterminous” have exactly the same meaning?
So the semantic fields of these words are coterminous.
Sep
18
answered What is the generic name for a 'Yale lock'?
Jul
31
answered If a room cannot be escaped, it is inescapable. What if a room cannot be entered?
Jul
27
answered What, exactly, is the point of beginning a sentence with “Well…”?
Jul
27
comment Why does “ow” have two different sounds
In general spellings don't make sounds, sounds are written down. It's a case of two sounds being written the same way, not one piece of writing making two sounds.
Jul
8
comment Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?
This answer doesn't address the author's intentions. If this was non-fiction I would agree that 'he' is a hyper-correction, but I'm not convinced that Salinger intended it to be read as such rather than simply as an error.
Jul
8
comment Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?
I think 'helluva' is an 'Eye Dialect' spelling of 'hell of a'. It doesn't seem to indicate a different pronunciation, but the choice of spelling affects the readers perception of the character.
Jun
18
comment What is an adjective for “almost, but not entirely correct”?
Some people would use wrong for this.
Jun
14
comment How to pronounce “aa” vowel pair?
The rules that English does have are really spelling rules, not pronunciation rules. For the most part spellings have historically been created to represent pronunciations, not the other way around. The spoken language is the main form.
Apr
24
comment What is the origin of “analogue” as a term meaning “non-digital?”
It doesn't have to be converted into an electric impulse analogue - it can be some other form that is analogous to the thing being represented. For instance the angle between a clock hand and the 12 mark is analogous to the time.
Apr
23
comment Word for 'possessing large gravity well'?
The question isn't about gravity in the sense of 'seriousness or solemnity of manner', it's about the physical force. Derivation is a very unreliable guide to current meanings.