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From The Companion Volume To PBS Television...

Do You Speak American is a program which will appear on the US television network PBS ("Public Broadcasting System," a government-owned network) and will have Robert McNeil discussing...

The Phrase - "Continue To Hold The Indian...

In sports, when a team (Team A) continues to win over another (Team B), one often comes across the phrase "(Team A) continue to hold the Indian Sign over (Team B)". Does anyone...

With And Along With

As french I am wondering about the use of "avec" in English In this context: I am coming with a friend of mine I am coming ALONG with a friend of mine What is the difference? Thanks...

For Crying Out Loud

I assume there is no doubt that "criminy" is a way of avoiding saying "Christ".** What about "For crying out loud"? Is that the same thing?** **These are English usage questions...

Paki - And Other Totally Innocuous Words

Regarding the non-controversy on Come Dancing - or whatever it's called [link] [link]/ [link] girl [link] girl [link] girl.html I rest my case

"My" Wife Vs. "The" Wife

What difference in meaning do you see between the two expressions?

Cooking With Gas

When things are going well, some people in England say "it's cooking with gas". Where does this expression come from please? I heard the Chief of Nottinghamshire police saying...

How Would You Punctuate This?

Is there some better way to punctuate the following sentence? He would sit in his office daydreaming about white-sand beaches, clear blue ocean water, and drinks with little paper...

"The Late"

I have an instinctive feeling that the euphemism "the late" (referring to someone who's dead) implies that the death is a fairly recent occurrence. Is that correct? Or is it just...

At Michigan

Hello! Would you please tell me what you imagine when you hear the expression "at Michigan" in the following sentence? The young man called him to say that he had gone through...

Charlie Chan And The 'Tum-Tum Sky'!

In The House Without a Key (1925) by Earl Derr Biggers, there's a quote from a poem which goes something like... 'Angels look down from tum-tum skies on sparkling Waikiki'. Now...

Sounds And Scripts Needed

Hi, I am looking for any English sound files (.mp3) recorded by native speakers and their scripts. I downloaded mp3 files and scripts from SpotLight (www.spotlightradio.net).It...

Prissy, Priggish, Prudish, Square-Toed...

does "prissy" and its synonyms have a positive or a negative meaning please? prissy (adjective) Excessively or affectedly prim and proper. Synonyms: priggish, prudish, square...

Bored Of/Bored With

My daughter, who is growing up in Australia and has to be reminded fairly frequently to aspirate an 'h' when she spells out a word containing one so my ears don't hurt, will say...

A Something Hunt

I was about to use a common synonym for "fishing expedition" with the word "hunt," but the first word didn't come out. It's not a witch hunt, not a snipe hunt, but a radiating...

Michael Quinion On Punctuation And Quotation...

While consulting Michael Quinion's World Wide Words Web site, I found that among the pages identified as having recently been added was one on "Punctuation and quotation marks...

Does This Make Sense?

Here is a slogan a client company has adopted: I can relate by maintaining strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and each other. In my mind there is something wrong,...

Synonym For "On Edge" (Teeth)?

We have a word in my language for the effect eating something sour has on the teeth. The only English term I know is "on edge". Is there a more specific term - even an obscure...

Anyway Versus Anyways

I never have figured it out. Why do some people use "anyway", while some use "anyways"? I use "anyway", and hearing the one with an "s" on the end just sounds weird to me. I wonder...

Teenagers

I wonder if other languages than English have the word "teenager" and the associated concepts. In English (I'm presuming now) it's formed from the suffix "teen" on the words for...

Postactive?

I'm looking for a word to describe a modification made to give an appearance of continuity. For example, after the the Indiana Jones trilogy was made, the first film, "Raiders...

'Most Unfortunate Names' Revealed

'Most unfortunate names' revealed =20 Imagine growing up as Annette Curtain or Tim Burr=20 What do you call some of the most unlucky people in Britain?=20 Justin Case, Barb Dwyer...

Several Sentences

Hi, everyone, Do you think the following sentences are all grammatical? Thanks. Ray (1) a. I need a book or something. b. I need either a book or something. c. I need a book or...

Chinese-Style Measure Words In English...

I can think of only two instances where I have heard Chinese-style Measure Words used in English The one is "head" as in "head of cattle" The other is "off". In a factory an order...

Phd Student Needs Survey Completed To...

Hello, I am a grad student requesting your help with my dissertation research. I need individuals that participate in bulletin boards and forums to take my anonymous survey. This...
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