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I live in Lymington, Hampshire, and work in the Law Courts, which may have made my English slightly pedantic. I realize that Americans and other ex-colonials labour under a disadvantage, and regard it as an holy duty to assist them in speaking (and thinking) clearly.

"I don't have my references with me as I write, chiefly because you look so damn silly hauling a bookcase into a pub." Flann O'Brien, Irish Times column.


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comment “The only witness is a prostitute!” What do you call this type of rhetoric in English?
Prostitution implies, at best, a lack of respect for the law, which self evidently makes her sworn evidence less believable. You can't call an argument fallacious because you dislike it.
7h
comment What does “mertilize” mean?
Do you have any examples? If so, please edit, rather than commenting.
12h
comment Are “Real class” and “Paper class” well-received pair words?
Note that your first example uses So-called "paper classes", precisely because paper classes alone might not be understood. (The second is a parody, which presumably would be only understood by those familiar with the scandal and its wording.
12h
comment Ellipsis that results in one word serving as both subject and object
Is a naked CIA interrogator more or less intimidating?
13h
comment What does “playus nigh” mean in Cockney?
Obviously right, though is has intruded wrongly: "that had a playhouse nearby."
1d
reviewed Looks OK Treatment vs Management
1d
reviewed Looks OK Difference between Interoperability and Interaction
1d
comment To the point of my knowledge
It isn't even grammatical, let alone meaningful. -1.
1d
comment What ( is the best time / are the best times ) for a meeting?
Alos related: Is a range of dates singular or plural?.
2d
comment What's it called when you buy something you don't really need?
How about luxury?
Oct
20
comment What's the meaning of “by string of” in logic
A should be inserted before 'string', and 'by' could equally be 'using'.
Oct
20
comment what's the meaning of “to accept H k”
We need considerably more context (ideally a quotation), but it sounds as if this is jargon in the field of statistics, in which case you would be better sking a statistician.
Oct
19
revised No adverb of controlled?
edited tags
Oct
18
answered What is the origin of being “in the pudding club”?
Oct
18
comment Recommendations for books on English style (not grammar/proofreading)?
Sounds like a question for Writers.SE.
Oct
18
reviewed Looks OK Other ways to say “I'm rooting for you?”
Oct
18
comment Function of “or”
I would go so far as to say the comma after beer is actually wrong as introducing ambiguity, but others may disagree.
Oct
18
answered Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence
Oct
18
reviewed No Action Needed Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence
Oct
18
reviewed No Action Needed How can a poem be defined?