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Hotelery

Is the word "hotelry" really all that rare/unused? Google fetches up only about 9,000 instances of the word. Wiktionary doesn't even recognize it. =20 Bob [link]

Batman & Robin: 'Robin's Ruse'!

I'm watching my excellent Columbia movie serial on TWO DVDs chapter by chapter on Saturday mornings recreating, in part, my boyhood visits to the Esso Cinema, Holbury, where, at...

Grade Vs Rate Vs Rank Vs Score

Could anyone tell me the difference between the 3 words? I want to register a domain name, rate something, but it is taken, so I am thinking to use grade something or rank something...

The Slavery In The US During The Reconstruction

I am to write a short essay of about 25 pages, but there is a paragraph which I am not satisfied with. It has not anything to do with the contents, which I am pretty sure of, but...

Eco-Tableware?

Dear all, I always bring my own spoon, fork and chopsticks with me when eating out for the reason of environmental protection. But I am wondering if there is a term to refer to...

Mauritius/The Mauritius

Re: The Mauritius Command - Patrick O'Brian Throughout the above novel the name "Mauritius" is used both with and without the definite article. For example: "to undertake the reduction...

How Do They Differ From Each Other?

1. Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way that they look their most beautiful even prettier than thosegrowing in the wild. 2. Bonsai are trees and plants...

Twart's Syndrome

An awful & debilitating condition, now seemingly common amongst BBC employees. Twart's Syndrome ( also known, in some quarters, as Toffee-Noseditis ) was once though to exist only...

"To Have Him Joined" And "To Have Him...

Hello again - I have a puzzle about this sentence, "it has been great to have him join me on the Learning Annex's wave of success." I always see a structure of "to have him joined...

Lingerie

Listening to the original radio production of "Miracle on 34th St.", on the Old Time Radio Hour, live at wamu.org from 7 to 11 ET on Sundays, which includes an ad for Lux soap...

You Learn Something New Every Day

In an article in Wednesday's *St. Paul Pioneer Press,* "Pilots fired for S.D. landing" by Martin J. Moylan, which can be seen for the next six days at [link] I found the following...

Buggerlugs

In an interview in today's Guardian, the DJ/musician Norman Cook ("Fatboy Slim") was described as extracting his four-year-old from the rear seat of his car, and saying "come on...

Using They Or Their When Subject Is Singular

Hello, I have a question I'd like to ask. I was writing a sentence the other day the following way: When you set up an appointment with a dentist, they usually try to give you...

Origin Of Stay Black And Die

Hi Does anyone who does this quote came from " The only thing I have to do is stay black and die!?

Not Sure How To Punctuate This

I feel like an extra comma is needed in the statement below, but I'm not sure. I'm also wondering whether there's already too many commas. Thank you for your kindness, your empathy...

Pocahontas!

was good - taped the last hour and watched it in the small hours and got sound drop-out on my Freeview box just when things were starting to kick off! :-( When I wuz at school...

I Lost A Word, Yawn-Uhrr Is Its Sound...

I'm trying to remember a word that means only one of the two: a) a period or an era; Or, it could also mean b) genre, classification (usu. used in reference to fine arts, cinema...

Does Sarcasm Work Both Ways?

Someone ends a paragraph with "You don't often associate California with good looking women." Later some Californian pretends to be offended, and the first person says, I was being...

Offshored & Bangalored

I keep hearing the term "bangalored" used in reference to offshoring globalization cost cutting in engineering circles. Yet, I can't find any dictionary definition for the word...

To Concern

"Publishers employ thousands of staff to concern many different aspects of publishing books, so for a start you can speak to those people who will be out of jobs thanks to Google...

Some Questions. Please Help.

Dear all, Please help me with the following questions. Thank you very much! 1. Sometimes, I heard people say " health food", but sometimes Iheard people say "healthy food". I feel...

Meet The Huggetts - 'Lumme'!

In Meet the Huggetts, a BBC 7 radio show from 1959, Mr. Huggett (Jack Warner) kept saying, 'Lummy', which, of course, is, as you would expect and interjection of surprise. My Penguin...

Fag = Duster?

I recently used the expression "fag-end" in a post to a discussion group about transport. I used it in the expression "the fag-end of the year". The phpBB word censor insists on...

Well, Doggies! Way Doggies! Hoo, Doggies...

In alt.english.usage , we have been discussing the possible origin of "Well, doggies!" "Way doggies!" "Hoo, doggies!" I figured it was a variation of "Oh God!" based upon the report...

Out Of Town

Hi I wanted to ask this question for long, but thought it's silly to. Anyway, I could afford to be silly, so I ask now. When people say "I will be out of town next week", must...
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