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Sep
11
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Sep
8
comment What does it mean to call somebody “mom?”
@Neeku - I should have specified that the British pronunciation of "ma'am" sounds very much like "mum"; the American pronunciation is more like "mam". In both cases, the phantom syllable indicated by the apostrophe has almost completely disappeared.
Sep
8
comment What does it mean to call somebody “mom?”
I don't know about "Insanity", but in a lot of British police/detective shows (e.g. 'Prime Suspect'), characters address a female superior officer as "Ma'am" - short for "Madam", but pronounced approximately "Mum". To an American ear, this can sound like "Mom". It's not.
Sep
3
comment “Shakespearean English” - What English or American writers have adjectives coined after their names?
Orwellian. Kafkaesque.
Sep
2
comment “Fast” vs “Quickly” vs “Speedy” vs “Rapidly”
Besides the association with 'life' or 'living', quick generally refers to acceleration. Consider two hypothetical cars: a car that could go from 0-60mph in one second but had a top speed of only 65mph would be quick but not fast; a car whose top speed was 500mph but took ages to accelerate to that speed would be fast but not quick.
Aug
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
27
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
24
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
4
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
Them as works harder, not smarter?
Jul
17
comment “A friar's hand”?
Remember that this is a work of literature, and that novelists can take liberties with the English language that journalists or academic writers cannot (or at least should not). Think of a phrase like this not as a "mistake", but as artistic license.
Jul
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
27
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
Not a problem; it's gone. Quite apart from this question, though, I really wish that more people knew the actual origin of the word; not only because it's interesting in itself, but as a cultural-anthropological artifact in US/UK relations.
Jun
26
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
@FrancisDavey - What I meant by "tainted" was simply the widespread assumption that it's an Americanism, and therefore something to be avoided by self-respecting Britons. As I've tried to establish above, that's not actually true - so I'm glad that your region hadn't fallen for it as of the 1970s. I wonder, though: if you were to poll current students at your old school, do they still say "soccer"? And possibly a follow-up question: do they think it's a British term, or an Americanism?
Jun
26
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
I confess that - until a few years ago - I assumed that "soccer" was an Americanism, and a recent one: from the 1970s, perhaps. Once I found out that it derived from 'association', it immediately felt a lot more Victorian-era British to me; 1886 sounds about right. But I'm actually shocked that it appeared in American usage as early as 1907 - that, to me, is more surprising than anything else.
Jun
26
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
If anyone's interested, the earliest (real, as opposed to OCR error) instance of soccer I've found is from an 1886 "Oxford Letter" from the City of London School magazine. The first American instance I find is 21 years later, in a Harvard fraternity magazine.
Jun
8
comment What do these sentences mean in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”?
To a 21st-century reader it would probably be clearer with a bit more punctuation and a couple of inserted words: "The highest - (as well) as the lowest - form of criticism is a mode of autobiography." To tell the truth, I suspect it would have been clearer to 19th-century readers too; Wilde often chose elegance over clarity.
Jun
6
comment Short, Politically Correct word for Native Americans
@fredsbend - I like that even better, but "First Nations" is an actual legal term (for whatever that's worth.)
Jun
6
comment Short, Politically Correct word for Native Americans
It hasn't caught on in the US, but I really like the Canadian term "First Nations".
Jun
5
comment Is there a single-word verb meaning “to perform cunnilingus on”?
@oerkelens - Hmm. Hadn't thought of that...
Jun
4
comment An Exocentric compound for Children
Your jokes are in spore taste. ;)