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Bigot

Recently the British PM used the term, and I saw a local media translated the term into "an old ***" in Chinese. I wonder if this translation is correct, personally, I think it...

Introduce Sb. To Sth.

Hi, there, Can anybody help me check if the following sentence is correct? Thanks a lot! " In France, our tour guide introduced us to many delicious foods we'd never tried before...

Finger Name?

On a human hand there are five fingers: 1) thumb 2) index finger 3) middle finger 4) ??? 5) pinky Is there a name for number (4) ? Thanks Work is the curse of the drinking class...

For Vs. Because

Hi, there, What is the difference between "for" and" because" when stating a reason? Example: Because he did not prepare for the exam, he failed it. Can I use "for" to replace...

Human Race -- Is It Still Widely Used

Well if usenet or the web is any indication, apparently so. I searched and turned up a whole bunch of references from today, and even here in a.u.e cybercypher and Raymond Wise...

Foyle's War - 'Hanged From The Neck'!

'sgotta be wrong - it's BY the neck - I would refuse to be hanged on a technicality! :-D

How Long Is An "Era"?

I know it's an imprecise term, perhaps circumstrcribed by some sensible denouements, but how long do most of us think one has to go between denouements before one can speak sensibly...

Cadfael: Matilda And Empress Maude!

Watched a bit of Cadfael this morning and did me some research in my Collins GEM Dictionary of Biography. Cadfael is set in the reign of King Stephen of England. Henry I's daughter...

Collective Nouns -- Who Invents Them?

As a child I was under the impression that there were in fact very few collective nouns and that there was a strict rule about their use. Grazing animals "herds" (but flock for...

Do Active And Passive Voices Matter ?

Hi - Do active and passive voices no longer matter at all? e.g. "...My autobiography, Losing My Virginity, which has sold well in Australia..." With thanks. Kevin from Hong Kong...

Commas Or Not

I would like to read your opinion about whether or not to use commas in the following sentence. "Belief, itself, is the great sin." Thanks, Heron unDO email address Nature, heron...

Michael Caine On Michael Caine Impressions...

Ages ago on TV Caine said, 'When impressionists impersonate my voice, they make out I can't speak the Queen's English!'. 'When they do my voice it goes up an octave!' Then he...

Unreasoning Fear Of Balloons ...

One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term? Fran

Why 'Trojan'?

How did it happen, that the English word is 'trojan' instead of 'troyan'? The city was Troy, not Troj ! I can't find any info online on what exactly made this form of the word...

Meaning Of "Real Time"..?

I see the phrase or word-pair "real time" a lot. What does it mean? Does it mean the same today as it did, say, 10-15 years ago? Thank you.. Lee Carkenord

The Dead Vs. The Death

To whom it may concern, Please help me with the following question. Thank you very much! "You might be wondering why Jesus came back from the dead." In the above sentence, I would...

Hoffman And Scofflaw

When I was in college, I had a roommate named Hoffman but he pronounced it Huffman. From Wisconsin iirc. I figured it was a family preference. Finally 40 years later, I hear Michael...

Special Effects In The Movies?

Why do all the movies now have awful special effects? SOUND EFFECTS No matter what the action is, there's always a generic, heard-it-before, spatially ambiguous, mechanically...

Looking For English Usage Website

Hello, I'm looking for an English usage website: the sort that will tell me the difference between, for example, backward and backwards. Any recommendations? Thank you very much...

Hilarious Student Quotes -- POMO Goes...

Hubby is currently tearing at his hair in another round of marking. I've disappeared to the PC to let him go to it. (Well that's my excuse). One of his students provided the quote...

You Dig Abuse? What Does It Really Mean...

What does "you obviously dig abuse" really mean? In Brazzilbrief Macunaima tells X4D: "...As for me, from now on, I'm just going to presume that you're a joke. You obviously dig...

Eating Healthily

"Healthy eating" but surely "eating healthily"?

Kick-Ass #1 In America!!

says Sky and BBC teletext - it beat off some 3-D thing about a dragon. What a wonderful American expression 'kick-ass' is - I keep hearing English star Aaron Johnson saying, ...

'Everything Is Correct' Versus 'Nothing...

"'Everything is correct' versus 'nothing is relevant'" is a post which I recently came across in the Language Log, which can be seen at [link] It was written by linguist Geoffrey...

"Breeding Out"

Recently in the state of NSW, here in Australia we had another of those "Amercian pit bull mauls child" events. The state government reacted by enacting legislation to ban the...
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