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Why Does The Video Look Not Smooth?

Which of these two is correct: Why does the video look not smooth? Why doesn't the video look smooth?

"Farewell" As A Verb

Recently I've seen the word "farewell" used as a verb twice. One on a British website, and another on an Australian website. "They were farewelled". To my Leftpondian ears, this...

How To Say This In Crime Scene

To more effectively attack the crime, the police will sometimes send into the gang a member of police, pretending as a gang member so that the ¡§gang member¡¨ (camouflaged by...

Victimised (-Ized)

The following is from a news report on floods in China: "The Xinhua news agency said that since late June, 4,093 places had reported geological events in which 49,700 houses...

My Fair Lady

I just re-watched My Fair Lady (on DVD). In Prof Higgins's living room there a lot of photographs/portraits on the walls. Perhaps they were just randomly picked by whoever was...

Can I Use 'Would Better' Instead Of 'Would...

Hi, everyone! I am a Korean teacher of English in Korea. One of my fellow teachers said that it could be possible to use 'would better' instead of 'would rather'. But I argued...

Adverb Placement And Commas

1. I stumbled groggily. 2. I, groggily, stumbled. 3. I groggily stumbled. I claim that #3 is wrong because it breaks a rule of English grammar. The rule is something like the...

Suffix '-Ese' When Speaking Of Jargon

The subject of the suffix "-ese" was discussed in the newsgroup alt.english.usage . The following is a list in which that suffix is used to indicate a jargon or style of writing...

Online Grammar?

Does anybody know a more or less complete online grammar of English?

"Third World Country"

Hey all, Does anyone know where this one originated from, and what is the definition of a "second" or "first" world country? Grats.

Manchesters?

There's a series running here now on BBC America called "Red Cap". (1) In tonight's episode, mention was made of the Manchesters at the Somme. Why are the men of the Manchester...

To Coin A Phrase ...

I noticed twice today people (a politician and a journalist) using the expression "to coin a phrase" when they were manifestly not doing so. They were in fact using an idiom which...

Help With Haig Quotation

Greetings, I'm trying to track down something Alexander Haig is supposed to have said before a Congressional Committee and for which he may have received a "dubious achievement...

Chicks Dig Personal Pronouns

A group of scholars has created a text-analysis computer program that can determine the sex of an author with 80% accuracy. From The Boston Globe: Koppel's group found that the...

Circulation Run

Hello I would like to know what means: "circulation/print run of magazine". Is it a date of print or any period? -- regards Mariusz Bozewicz Poland

Verbs From Nouns: Ben Franklin's Take

AUE now and then erupts with renewed outrage over the conversion of nouns to verbs. Remembering those outbursts, I find it interesting to read, in William Safire's "On Language...

Additionality

Hi I've come across this word at work in London, in the context of somebody wanting to know what it means. My first reaction was that it is a horrible neologism probably coined...

Is There A Word . . .

Is there a word for the practice of naming a place after a person (e.g. Georgia, Karl Marx Stadt) ? -- Don Phillipson Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada) dphillipson(at)trytel...

Government Bans English, Choosing Hindi

English ban for Ranchi babus By Kumar Uttam The Hindustan Times Saturday, July 05, 2003 Ranchi, July 5 - Bureaucrats in Jharkhand might just have to forget English for a while...
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