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Some Odd Pronunciation Spellings

In the St. Paul Pioneer Press last Sunday, in the cartoon section, appeared an article on Lithuania in the educational cartoon *World of Wonder.* It contained the following segment...

'Hw' In RP

1:25 ' 'whereas we have been...' Iain

Bernard Levin

I heard on the BBC PM programme that Bernard Levin has died after a long period during which he suffered from Alzheimer's. Of all the columnists at The Times he was my favourite...

Alright

I can't stand when people use the made-up word "alright" and other words of that ilk such as using "all the way" in describing actionable directions. For example: "Do you feel...

Modern Pronunciation

I notice that the pronunciation of certain words is changing before my very ears. In the past five years or so in England, words like look, book, cook, took are being pronounced...

"Proper English" --> Converting Numerical...

I am working on a "simple" computer program to convert numbers to long form english. My goal here is to produce "proper english" output. At present I am unable to locate anything...

Can I Help You OR May I Help You?

What is better: Can I help you ? How can I help you? OR May I help you? How can I help you? What can I do for you? OR What may i do for you?

When To Use Further Vs Farther?

Due to a typographical error on my part, I'm re-posting this question separately. Do you have an easy way for me to remember when to use further vs farther? I can look it up each...

The Verb To Describe The Sound Of Frog

Dear all, We know that cats meow, dogs bark, wolves howls and lion roars. Then what verb do we use to decribe the sound of frog? I google a possible answer, but in vain. Hope you...

When To Use "Affect" Vs "Effect" (Lay...

Do you have a sentence that uses "effect" & "affect" properly? For example, I remember the difference between "few" vs "less" with: "Less crime; fewer police" (i.e., use "fewer...

Efforting

Some long term news reporter/anchor on NBC said, "We are efforting to restore the signal from Fort Hood." It would be better if old dogs couldn't be taught new words. I guess trying...

Q: About The Definition Of A Word

Appologies if i have posted incorectly. just thought you might be able to help. My friend and I are having a discussion about the definition of the word "Spinster". According to...

Male Ballet Dancer

You may have seen this comment on the internet: "Why isn't there an equivalent male word for ballerina?" Is there one? Work like the ponies in coalmines. Dance like the teardrop...

He Felt Afraid (How The Heck Is Afraid...

I just looked up "afraid" in the Cambridge dictionary. It insists afraid is an "adjective". The sentence they provide slips in an adverb: He felt suddently afraid. Yet, how is...

For Some, Ships Are Feminine - Or Is That...

There is a discussion going on in fr.lettres.langue.anglaise about the use in English of "she" and "her" for things which are not biologically female, such as cars and ships. Now...

I Wonder: Question Or A Statement?

Would you punctuate "I wonder how it does that" with a period or a question mark? It seems clearly a statement, yet it would be expanded to "I wondered, 'How does it do that?'...

The Term "Census"?

My guess is that this topic has been discussed here already. Anyway... If a census is implemented in a non-exhaustive fashion (using sampling methods), is it still a census? ...

Underestimating The Public

In a recent post elsewhere, I quoted (in good faith) Rupert Murdoch as saying that "nobody ever went broke underestimating the public". I've been trying to find a correct cite...

At Best

"Yesterday it was eighteen degrees, fourteen degrees at best." I heard this said on the English television weather forecast yesterday. At first I thought it sounded as an error...

"Exemplified Through"

Is the usage of the phrase "exemplified through" in a sentence incorrect?

'Give Me A Fag', Said Richard O'sullivan...

to Frankie Avalon in Haunted House of Horror (1969) on BBC2 the other week! Frankie, laughing, said, 'What?', so Richard said, 'Give me a cigarette'! See, in America 'fag' means...

Relative Clause

I wonder if this sentence is correct: "ministers want more competition in a sector they believe is too concentrated" It sounds somehow weird to me even it may be correct. However...

Chafed Or Chapped ?

Which is correct, "chafed lips' or "chapped lips" ? Is "chapped" an americanism ? David H ~~

Diversion Means Conversion

I assume by context that diversion has the same meaning as conversion (of the units of measure): " factor 1000 = diversion of g into mg", but neither of my dictionaries gives this...

Yellow Beer: Is There A Word For It?

I think you can correctly refer to a dark brown beer in English as "dark." Is there a word in English for yellow beer? For example, I think there are only two kinds of St. Pauli...
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