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comment “Cancelled” or “Canceled”?
@JohnY - There's a caveat to the "double on stressed last syllable" rule, that if any form of the root is pronounced with a stressed last syllable, double the last letter for all forms. So, while "programmed" and "programming" are typically pronounced with a stressed first syllable, the word "programmable" is typically pronounced with the stress on "gram", therefore by rule the last letter of the root should be doubled everywhere.
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comment The Road Warrior
Well, in its defense, the original was very low-budget for an action film, even for its day and definitely by today's standards. Mad Max's final budget was in the US$400k range, which would be about $1.3 million in today's dollars. The original theatrical release of Star Wars two years prior cost $11 million, and ten years before that, Planet of the Apes cost $5.8 million and looks very cheap and cheesy today. Fury Road, the latest Mad Max installment opening in May, had a production budget of $150 million, and even that's fairly modest for a summer blockbuster.
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revised Is there English counterpart(s) to Japanese old saying, “Present salt to your enemy.”?
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comment What is the word for the set of words “million”, “billion”, “trillion”?
You'll still hear long-scale terms like "thousand million" being passed around in the Commonwealth countries.