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Prince William's Graduation Goes Pants

William knelt before the chancellor's wooden pulpit, holding on to the horizontal metal bar at the front above the St Andrews crest. The chancellor swiftly tapped the prince's...

Illiterate Jackson Trial Judge

How peculiar. Mr Michael Jackson, a singer, has been found not guilty. The judge said, according to the report in the Telegraph: "Your bail is exonerated and you are released...

"Event" And "Happening" Completely Synonymous...

Hi everyone! My students have the annoying habit of not doing as I told them ... Seriously: I usually insist that they use the word "event" when they refer to any kind of occurence...

Borscht

While checking with Wexford's 'Eastern European Food' shop to see if the woman had located some grape leaves yet (she hasn't), I saw a jar labeled Boscs the c and the first s have...

P.Iva Xx

Could any one tell me what does "P.iva" mean? I found "P.iva" in some name-cards. Clifford

The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire...

Recently, we've had a discussion on the "rank" of various countries, in particular how rich they were per capita. GNP per capita, and in the most recent survey I've found it seems...

WAP - How To Pronounce It

Hello everyone, I'd just like to kindly ask about the pronounciation of the "WAP", Wireless Application Protocol. How should one say it - "Double-U Ay Pee", reading each letter...

New Word For Today.

enturbulating, making others feel bad or uncertain, to upset another's feelings. I found this on another ng, it comes from a post the no-no's of scientology. It seems L Ron Hubbard...

Our Prestige Customers,

I am hongkonger. Sometimes, I recived bank letters used "Our Prestige Customers," instead of "Dear Sir / Madam,". Is it correct? If yes, Is it common in your city?

On Tick

What does it mean to buy something "on tick"? I encountered it in Maureen Waller's "London 1945": "Shoes and boots, often bought on tick, were poorly made and needed frequent repair...

J Walk

Hi I hear in the radio an accident happened to someone (car hit him). He victim said he will not " J walk" again. What does "J walk" mean? I might spelling it wrongly. Thanks

The Clerk Test Of Ex-Pat Pronunciations

I went to the British Library today, and whilst waiting out the front of Waterloo for a bus noticed a sign on a building opposite which declared it to be "The Robert Clerk (Somebody...

Leonardo Dicaprio In "The Aviator"

What accent does Leonardo DiCaprio have in the film "The Aviator"? I don't suppose it's just a neutral American accent. East coast, I guess, but from where precisely? Bye, FB ...

American/British English: Nike/In Behalf...

Question for Britons: After five years of teaching English overseas, I recently heard from a Brit that Britons say /naik/ instead of /'naiki:/. Since I'm a suspicious sort, I figured...

Hi, I Have A Question

Hi, I have a question in regards to verb+ing. In the sentence: "We can distinguish eight regions, each corresponding to one qualitative orientation (labeled 0 - 7) and the location...

Confusing Road Signs, Also Roundabout...

Outside the main entrance of the University of Newcastle (Australia), there is a roundabout (AmE traffic circle ??), at which the entrance road connects with the road passing the...

Places Worth Visting Or Being Visited...

Hi guys, sounds like "places worth being visited" is more resonable and comfortable. I googled and found both. Any ideas? Kong

I'm Feeling Perky Today

I'm engaged in a discussion about using "perk" as a short form of "perquisite," as in the sentence, "Among other perks of the job, Bob had use of the company jet on weekends."...

On Book Leave

The phrase "on book leave" has been popping up here and there (especially in the New York Times) recently. I presume it refers to a sabbatical taken for the purpose of writing...

Pepsi Mae West

The epithet "pepsi" or "pepsi mae west" has for a long time been applied to French Canadians, by English- Canadians because of their supposed preference for Pepsi over Coke and...

May Not/ Cannot

About giving no permission, may not / cannot are available as I learned in Basic English lesson. Let me ask a question to further an understanding of their usages. 1) You may not...

"Cognate" As A Verb?

I was wondering if it is technically correct to use "cognate" as a verb in sentences such as, " Linguists have cognated many Latin words with Greek words," since I do not see a...

Is "Good Grief" An Oxymoron?

I'm having a bit of a disagreement with someone here: of oxymora#Real Oxymorons My understanding is that an oxymoron is a combination of words with contrary meanings. There...

Schadenfreude

Hi all, is there anybody with full version of OED that could tell me the full etymology for the word "Schadenfreude"? While I do know it's origin is German -schaden = harm, freude...
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