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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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reviewed Looks OK Need a word that describes a biweekly publication
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reviewed Close Is “to one of the most genuine people I know” correct?
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reviewed Delete Does a gerund always end with -ing? If so, why?
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reviewed Looks OK Better word for blackmail or extortion
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reviewed Looks OK A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings
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reviewed Looks OK Origins of “tie the knot”
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reviewed Delete A stronger word than “snob”
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comment A stronger word than “snob”
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post.
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reviewed Looks OK Is a schwa ever stressed?
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answered How does 'That it be' mean 'Yes it is'?
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reviewed No Action Needed Difference between the use of “resilience” and “resiliency”
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answered “About which” in legal English
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comment How to pronounce Netflix's?
@JohnLawler: but they do not decide how they are pronounced. (Many trademark owners are unhappy with this, but there is ample case law on the point, besides the obvious impossibility of enforcement.)
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22
comment Different words for educational problems
This question is also too broad for anyone to answer properly. Perhaps you could explain how the dictionary definitions are insufficient for your purpose.
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comment What does the phrase “Terminated Indefinitely” mean?
@FF: I would include or an HR manager in your parenthesis, but this does not affect your main point.
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reviewed Edit What is the difference between “owing to” and “due to”?
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revised What is the difference between “owing to” and “due to”?
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reviewed Looks OK Phrases similar to “one man's trash is another man's treasure”
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comment When using the French word “sans” in an English sentence, should I use italics?
As others have said, sans is sufficiently anglicised to be pronounced 'the plural of san' from Shakespeare onwards: it would be a solecism to pronounce it the French way.
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answered Is there a name for the fact that, in fiction (tv or otherwise), actions have consequences in the next episodes?