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An Irish New York Accent

There's an Italian New York accent, Jewish and Irish. I'd guess that Anne Meara has an Irish New York accent. Possibly Art Carney? Since every time I'm watching TV and someone...

Tich And Quackers

was a 60s BBC TV show for children about a ventriloquist's doll, Tich, and his friend Quackers, a little duck. One day in Science at school, Derek mumbled something to which I...

The Past Participle Of "Sync"

On a National Geographic doc last night (something about geniuses and/or chess I think) an obviously native speaker of English said something along the lines of "hasn't been sunk...

Masters Student

Which is correct? I find many variations online and can't find a definitive answer. 1. "my time as a masters student" 2. "my time as a Masters student" 3. "my time as a Masters...

Why Are No Americans Named Nigel?

Why are no Americans named Nigel? And other English names? Aren't the English language names used in the US from England? So why is no one Nigel or some others? What are the others...

The Distinction Of "Wreak Havoc" Versus...

According to [link] (quote) Wreak is sometimes confused with wreck, perhaps because the wreaking of damage may leave a wreck: The storm wreaked (not wrecked ) havoc along the coast...

What Does "Single Mother" Mean To You...

What does "single mother" mean to you?

Raw Fish

Having voluntarily chosen to put smoked salmon on my scrambled egg at breakfast, I have today eaten three meals involving raw fish. Dinner, which was correctly described a meal...

Nickname For "Charlene"?

What kind of nickname that's cute/silly would one give a girl named Charlene? Thanks!

"Sticking Block"

I'v been casualy watching a TV programme here in the UK. The format is that a family is living abroad and is considering a return to the UK. The show follows the family as they...

Comma Between Two Adjectives

Hi all, I am confused with the usage of the comma between two adjectives ( risky, cutting-edge) in the following sentenc: "As a consequence, in Kirland's structure, risky, cutting...

Pithy Saying

There's a "proper" word for a pithy saying. What is it please?

Crumby Vs. Crummy

crumby vs. crummy? There are so few crumbs involved these days, it seems almost wrong to bring up crumbs. Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking...

Wrap Something Up Vs Wrap Up Something

Hi all, I am confused about the usgage of the structure " wrap something up" vs " wrap up something". I often hear people say "wrap it up" but " wrap up the work", not "wrap the...

Please Help: Meaning Of Some English Expressions

Hello, Over the year I have come across the following English expressions but was not able to find any of them in the Merriam Webster or Collins dictionaries so I was wondering...

Hectic As Positive

I recently (fifteen minutes ago) encountered the use of "hectic" in a positive sense, to mean exciting and enjoyable. My shock was met with the explanation that it is a very common...

X Apostrophe ?

Headline from the New York Times web site: "White Sox┬╣ Buehrle Pitches Perfect Game" From which I deduce the Times thinks the x in Sox takes an apostrophe to form the plural possessive...

Vacuum

How many syllables in vacuum? I'm watching a Hitchcock episode from 1956 and I wonder if the pronunciation there was unusual even then. Posters should say where they live, and...

Thank You, Both.

Two of you have been very helpful. Thank you, both. Is the first line correct? It feels like jamais vu. I must have seen it, but I don't remember it. Posters should say where...

Racism, Sex In English Novels

Hi Few months ago I was interested in audio book in southern accent. So, I ended up with Charlaine Harris=92 books. She is the author of a The Southern Vampire Series, and there...

IHS Vs. IHSV

What is the difference between IHS and IHSV, In hoc signo and In hoc signo vinces ? Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking questions. I have lived...

"Old Soul"

I've heard the expression "old soul" used three times in the last couple of days. Does it actually have any meaning, or is it, as I suspect, a bit of New Age nonsense that doesn...

Paper

I googled up the expression "Now you're talking like a man with a paper ***" and got nowhere. No one seems to know what it means exactly, or what the derivation is. I know that...

'Pederast' In Online Merriam-Webster's...

There was a controversy involving the Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus at www.m-w.com . Objections were made to the word "pederast" turning up as a result of a search for "homosexual...

What Is "Ing" Called?

I know when you put a "s" at the end of something it is Plural, but what are these structures called? For example: ing, tize, s, ed, er ?? thanks in advance.
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