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Jun
29
revised Hex, curse, spell, jinx, charm
edited tags
Jun
29
comment Why “themselves” and “himself”
@RiMMER @Seth It has something to do with the accusative/dative cases in Old English merging to become the objective in Middle English, but I'm not well-versed enough in the deep history of our language to really provide a full answer.
Jun
28
comment Why “themselves” and “himself”
I don't know if this actually answers the question. Why, if all other forms are formed from [posessive] + self (see note), is it himself and themselves. I believe I remember being told in one of my linguistics classes that hisself and theirselves were the original forms, and then later changed. Note: I would argue that herself is formed from the possessive "her", not the objective. Additionally, I would argue that in itself and oneself, the "s" of the possessive is simply being reduced, as it appears next to the "s" of "self".
Jun
27
revised What comes after “octuplet”?
Added undecaplet
Jun
27
answered What comes after “octuplet”?
Jun
27
comment Are double negatives ever appropriate in English?
@Ham and Bacon: "No, it is never correct." That's a grammatical double negative right there. At least, more or less.
Jun
27
comment Are double negatives ever appropriate in English?
Out of curiosity, was irony your intention?
Jun
26
answered A term for a “clean” win
Jun
26
answered “Punctuality is the politeness of kings.”
Jun
26
comment I've been through that stage “ages ago” or “ages before”
@Daisy: As I said in my answer, "I went through that stage ages ago" would probably work nicely. Alternately, you could use "years ago," "forever ago," or any similar expression.
Jun
26
answered I've been through that stage “ages ago” or “ages before”
Jun
25
awarded  Quorum
Jun
25
answered Difference between “spine” and “backbone”
Jun
25
comment “Apache are” or “Apache is”?
@Peter Yes, I suppose that is what I meant. Sorry about that.
Jun
25
revised Pronunciation of “Wales” and “whales” in Scotland
Improved YouTube link to go directly to the 60 second mark
Jun
25
comment Pronunciation of “Wales” and “whales” in Scotland
+1 for fighting for linguistic equality! ...and a great answer. :)
Jun
25
suggested approved edit on Pronunciation of “Wales” and “whales” in Scotland
Jun
25
comment “Apache are” or “Apache is”?
"Apache" should be capitalized as it is a proper name.
Jun
24
revised What is the meaning of “drains” in here?
Update answer to reflect @cindi's comment.
Jun
24
comment What is the meaning of “drains” in here?
@cindi Now that I read through it again, I see that. Thanks for the pointer. I'll update my answer to reflect that shortly.