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Cured And Uncured Bacon

After wading through the ever necessary search engine, the way I understand it is cured bacon is smoked (called streaky bacon in Britain) and uncured bacon is fresh. I was curious...

Surprise No. 2: 'Polish Sausage' And ...

In a previous post to alt.english.usage , I wrote the following, in response to a poster who was writing from Poland: (begin quote from Usenet post)Just as you can find "Swiss...

Pronunciation Of "Archipelago"

Was watching C-SPAN a few days ago and the guest was Anne Applebaum, an expert in the Stalinist era. A caller brought up "The Gulag Archipelago" and I could swear she pronounced...

Veronica Mars - Guess What I'm Doing?

Veronica Mars is a schoolgirl detective a bit like Nancy Drew. As she was walking home a boy said, 'Guess what I'm doing this weekend?'. Veronica said, 'I'm thinking auto-eroticism...

Expression: Money Under His Shoes/Shoe...

"He might have money hidden under his shoes." or perhaps even something like: "He might have money hidden under his shoe soles." or maybe "He might have money hidden under his...

Who/Whom

The older brother should not be spying on the younger brother, regardless of whom he's doing it for. There seems to be no way to make this sentence sound right and be grammatical...

Omitting [T] Sound, Is This Acceptable...

Hello. Is it acceptable to omit a (t) sound that is sandwiched by other consonants? Even though the English dictionary I have does not show any pronunciations like the following...

"Hot Dogs" As "Sausages" - Redux

A coincidence. Just as I finished lunch a hot dog on a bun, a tomato, potato salad, and hot tea. The local PBS affiliate began showing a program called "A Hot Dog Program." The...

Alternative Meanings

I received this in email the other day. ** Once again, The Washington Post published its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words...

'All' American?

What does the 'all' mean in an "all American guy" or an "all American action hero"? Does it mean, "typical" "a typical American guy" or a "typical American action hero"? Are there...

'Oregano' [Was: Odd Pronunciations Of...

In discussions of the British pronunciation of "oregano" in this thread, it has been taken for granted that the word was adopted into English from Italian, although the word is...

Metal Detectorist

I first saw the noun "metal detectorist" today. I can't see the point of the -ist. Both the man and the machine are metal detectors. A metal detector isn't going to move by itself...

An Un-Registered Nurse

1. A registered nurse 2. An un-registered nurse I know the 'un-registered' in the second example is a wrong word, but am looking for the opposite of 'register'. A nurse can be...

Gourmand

Is gourmand stil an insulting word? Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking questions. I have lived in Western Pa. 10 years Indianapolis 10 years...

Odd Pronunciations Of English Words Derived...

Odd pronunciations of English words derived from French (some of which have been discussed recently in alt.usage.english): "forte" : The "e" is often pronounced, as "ay" (as in...

The Le Mans 24-Hour Race

I am not a big fan of car racing, but if I was I might at some point say: "I am going to the Le Mans 24-hour race." But a Frenchman might say: "Je vais au Mans pour voir la course...

Help: Leg Up To Her Chin, And "Drive-By...

Hi all: what does it mean, "legs up to her chin" ? it was used to described a girl. does it mean "long legs"? couldn't find it anyware. the other question is "drive-by", it was...

Hyphenated Street Names In Victorian English

When I read news reports or official documents from the end of the 19th Century I often see a strange way of writing street names. Here is an example, taken from [link] documents...

Hyphenation In Words Describing Cardinal...

Hello, I was wondering about whether to write "one hundred" or "one-hundred". Is the first one used as a spelling in both UK and US English? In general what are the rules for hyphenation...

Glass Bowl

In Carolyn Hax's column in the Washington Post, last Sept. 1. Dear Carolyn, My husband...called me a (glass bowl) for questioning something about a weekend we're planning. I said...

The Word 'Preestablished'

Hello, I was wondering how come the word preestablished does not appear in my m-w.com or collins dictionary. I thought it would be a common word. Also, is it spelled with a hyphen...

How Should One Pronounce 'Portrait'?

Just that: how should one pronounce 'portrait'? I've always pronounced it like 'port rate' but I think some pronounce it like 'port rit'. Which of the seven heavens / Was responsible...

Not Sooner Grammar

Bad pennies come not sooner. Moby by Herman Melville [link] What do you make of the 'not sooner' of the example cited above, please? tia CK

Indefinite Pronouns

[link] says indefinite pronouns are determiners. The article also says 'you know a determiner will be followed by a noun.' But are indefinite pronouns followed by a noun? Are indefinite...

Are These Words Proper English: Unconceding...

Hello, I would like to know whether the two words: unconceding and uncondoning are proper English. I ask because in most online dictionaries such as m-w.com or thefreedictionary...
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