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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 Do I travel “up” or “down” to London from north of the city?
@JanusBahsJacquet: academics would undoubtedly regard those deserters who transfer from one to the other as going down (or even downhill), whichever way that might be.,
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comment Beauchamp. ..Beacham (phonetically spelled)?
Perhaps for the same reason the town of Beaulieu is pronouned Bewley.
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reviewed Looks OK Technical synonym for “old”
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reviewed Looks OK What's the usage of the verb in “When you go have dinner, you sometimes …”?
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comment How to describe heavy rain falling on a lake and making ephemeral “pockmarks”
surely just splashes?
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comment Can there be a “random order”?
@LittleEva: Please read all my comments again, not just on this answer (the problem with coming to a discussion a year and a half in). Briefly: random order is indeed a perfectly good phrase, and the contradiction OP sees is apparent not real (as other answers say). But this answer either says or implies a) that the Compact Oxford is mistaken and b) that if the first dictionary you consult does not give the result you want, you just try another until you find one that does. A) is wrong; b) is arguable, but certainly does not apply here. Both are terrible advice to give to a learner.
Mar
23
reviewed Looks OK When should I use “a” vs “an”?
Mar
23
reviewed Looks OK What word means a “male temptress”?
Mar
23
reviewed Looks OK Origin of “old bag”?
Mar
22
answered meaning of phrase “what the Meno wrought”
Mar
19
comment What do you call the remains of a wave, the part that reaches the shore?
Possibly surfers' jargon: these aren't really in common use.
Mar
18
comment quoting written material without punctuation
There's no reason, though, why you can't put a stop after the quotation marks, to indicate the end of your sentence.
Mar
17
revised Usage and meaning of the word “Ragging” in India
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17
revised Usage and meaning of the word “Ragging” in India
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Mar
17
reviewed Looks OK What is the proper pronunciation of “kitten?”
Mar
17
reviewed Looks OK Difference - Cognition and Recognition
Mar
17
reviewed Close Paternity vs. Paternal vs. Parental Leave
Mar
17
answered Usage and meaning of the word “Ragging” in India
Mar
16
comment How to refer to several titled individuals, “Mr x,y,z PhD”?
Oddly, the female equivalent, Mesdames, is not abbreviated.
Mar
15
comment What is the correct term to describe literary works that are only partly fictional?
The Da Vinci Code is, in fact, entirely fictional (there was a court case in which Brown testified to that effect). Throwing in names and places may make it plausible (depending on the reader) but does not make it any more factual than 'Saving Private Ryan' (which I understand was also meticulously researched).