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Usage Of "At All" In Positive Context

Is the following paragraph, in particular the usage of "at all" in the last sentence, correct English? "My friend uses to leave his computer switched on day and night. .. When...

Dismissiveness

What is the noun for dismissive? dismissiveness? dismissivity? dismission? dismittletude? He was dismissive. He treated the problem with dismissividity. Posters should say where...

"Go Dutch"

Why do people use that word, "Dutch"? I want to know the history about that. Plucky Jerry, P

Her Or Herself

It's not her she's writing about, but part of her novel. Is it okay to use herself? Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking questions. I was born...

Bizarre Vs Erotica

Hello I wonder if "bizarre" could be referred to "erotic dance"? actually I am not sure, I just heard (maybe misheard) conversations in a movie that one asks "what do you do?"...

Emergent Basis

It seems to be the fad these days, in medical circles and public security circles, to use terms like "emergent care " instead of "emergency care" and "emergent basis" instead of...

Question On Word -- "Categorically."

I have heard the word "categorically" used in many different ways, but I am unsure of whether it applies that there is a difference between saying that a series of somethings ...

Until And Till

We write (until), and ('till). Why does dropping the u and n add an l? Why don't we write (untill)?

Are We There Yet Vs Arn't We There Yet

1. Are we there yet? 2. Aren't we there yet? Aren't they interchangeable, depending on the context involving the tone of speech? TIA CK

"Exploitation" Vs. "Exploit"

The question has recently entered my mind whether there is a distinction drawn between the word "exploit," and "exploitation," in terms of reference being made to an exploitable...

Beck And Call

I just cruised past the book rack at Target (department store), and I spied a book whose title was "At the Boss's Beck and Call." That has always seemed a misconception of "beckoned...

How Does One Address A Boy?

If one needs to address a man, woman or girl whose name one doesn't know 'sir', 'madam' or 'miss' will do; but how would one address a boy? 'Master X' if one knows his name is...

It's - Its: Misspelling Or Incorrect Punctuation...

If you do it wrong, which do you call it?

The Lexicographer's Dilemma

Interesting blook review in today's Washington Post: [link] John Varela Trade NEWlamps for OLDlamps for email

Letter To Landlord About Bad Neighbour

Hi I want to send this letter to my landlord complaining about really bad neighbour. Could you please review this letter for me and rewrite it so I can present my case strongly...

Replies To Thanks

Suppose someone did you some favor and you say to him words of thankfulness, and then he replies, 'Sure' or Yeah I am talking to you'. What sense should you make of 1. sure and...

Q. About Cards

Hi which of the following is the correct term/spelling for a (home-made) christmas card to be send to the US of A, and, would there be any difference if this card would go to the...

QI/Veronica Mars - Fluffer!

On QI, Stephen Fry explained what 'fluffer' meant and then, blow me down and pick me up, it turned up on Veronica Mars... Logan Echolls(!) is talking to Wallis in his pad when...

Diplomat Vs. Ambassador

Dear all, I would like to know the difference between diplomat and ambassador. I have a friend who is from Malaysia and is here to be in charge of visa affiars of her country....

Branch Of English Or A Separate Language...

Branch of English or a Separate Language? www.sottish.parliament.uk/vli/language/scots/index.htm

Stool And Faeces As Words For Manuals

In our laboratory we usually refer to "stool" while outside the laboratory people generally speak of faeces. I've never understood the difference except when as a young medical...

One Question

Dear all, I couldn't understand the structure of the following sentence. Can anyone please tell me where the main subject and verb are? The sentence was as follows. "Sowly it grew...

Pakistan Vs. Afghanistan

Have you noticed that Pres. Obama pronounces Pakistan as one might hear it in a foreign movie? But he pronounces Afghanistan with all three a's as in tin can. I noticed this during...

"Oil For The Lamps Of China"

As a Jack Tar retired from 31 years on ships, I often heard the phrase "oil for the lamps of China". It was a stock reply to the question "What is/was your cargo?" Another stock...

Pocket-Veto?

An American text has: Lincoln pocket-vetoed the Wade-Davis Bill (by not signing it), which angered his congressional critics and left the Ten-Percent Plan as the official, if vague...
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