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Found A Common Word That Is Not In The...

"onesie" is not in m-w.com! But the hideous and new "preemie" is!

Goog Grammar In The 50'S

Watching a B&W episode of Peter Gunn, from the late 50's or early 60's. He needs to put a note in a pin-ball parlor machine with a question. The question is, "Whom do I see about...

'The Way Which' Or 'The Way In Which'

Hi! Would you please tell me which is right, a or b? a) This is the way which she chose to live. b) This is the way in which she chose to live. I think a) derives from a2) and...

I Don't Trust You Any Farther Than I Can...

I don't trust you any farther than I can throw you. I used to hear that phrase a lot in the 50's. I used to use it a lot, maybe the 60's. I liked it. It seemed like a better comparison...

Black Watch Accent

I heard one of the Black Watch soldiers speaking about a lost comrade, and as he spoke he seemed to say that he was always "smelling", and tellling jokes so that others were "smelling...

Is There A Difference Between Squished...

I bought a new video card for the computer that would allow me to connect my tv to a second output, and while the image on the tv was correct, eventually the image on the monitor...

What Metaphor Am I Trying To Think Of...

I'm missing a metaphor: the one where something initially co-exists well with other things in its environment, but eventually grows so big without intending to that it absorbs...

In The Day; Back In The Day

When I first learned the phrses: in the day; and: back in the day, they referred to defineable days, I believe. The jazz era, the big band era, the period when Joanie and I toured...

It Will Cost 36 Dollars Or Less

So I needed to recharge the fire-extinguisher I used two nights ago, and I googled and called the place nearest me, and I described my fire-extinguisher and asked how much to recharge...

Cancer

If I get cancer, and the doctors can't cure it, I plan to just keep busy until I die. Is there any way I can get the tv and radio news from saying that I "battled cancer"? Posters...

Punctuation In Chess Notation

As most of you will know, moves in a chess game are sometimes annotated with ?s and !s and many other signs. ? means a bad move and ! is a good move. This used to lead to some...

What Is The Pupil Called?

Hello I wonder if you got a term in English (In Chinese, we call them "inserting student") that means a student who joins a class in the middle of a semester, or some months later...

Lay Or Lie Question

'below the picture lies a Latin inscription in a tiny fancy font: ...' Or is it lays?

Quotation Mark Placement Question

If, following University of Chicago style, I end a sentence by saying ... to the tune of "O Tannenbaum" does the period come before or after the closing quotation mark?

Was-Ere

I was wondering if it was convenient for you for me to pick the item up in person. I was wondering if it were convenient for you for me to pick the item up in person. Normally...

Some Wh-Questions

Hello, everyone, Can you help me judge if the following (b) & (c) sentences are grammatical/acceptable? Thanks. Ray (1) a. I can drink ten glasses of wine but still stay sober...

By Definition

Idioms & Phrases by definition According to prior determination, as a given. For example, This antibiotic is by definition the most effective now on the market. (1970s) The American...

To Her And Her Like,

To her and her like, birth itself was an ordeal of degrading personal compulsion, whose gratuitousness nothing in the result seemed to justify, and at best could only palliate...

QI - Rock, Paper, Scissors!

I was watching QI (Quite Interesting) on English TV last night and the host, Stephen Fry, mentioned a game called Fraggle or something which is another name for the above. Fraggle...

Amiguity

I know these following sentences can be interpreted in two ways. Can you tell me how can be? 1.The professor's appointment was shocking. 2.I can not recommend him too highly. 3...

Cannot But X, Can't Help But X, Not X...

I don't remember the rules for these very well. Can someone tell me which, if any, of these constructions is incorrect, and why? 1. We cannot but do this. 2. We cannot help but...

What Is A Tautology?

What is a tautology? Yes, I know I can look it up, but my question goes beyond what the dictionary says. Decades ago I looked it up and the dictionary said "A clear and obvious...

Usage Of The Preposition "To"

Hi, recently I've heard in Austria the phrase "Design to Region" that means that the development and manufacturing of a product is made directly in the country of the customers...

Pre-Contact

What does pre-contact mean wrt Indians. Does it mean before contact with Europeans? Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking questions. I was born...

Obnoxious But Popular Buzz Words Of The...

I'm compiling a list of what some people may conceive to be obnoxious but popular "buzz" words and phrases that made it into the popular lexicon during the past ten years. "Buzz...
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