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Throw Someone

I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her. (P.Cornwell) This is a sentence from a novel. My question is about ' throw her', How is this phrase is related to 'wouldn't trust...

Spaces Round Em Rule?

In a sentence such as this one which has em rules, should there be spaces before and after the em rules like this: "In a sentence such as this one which has em rules should there...

UK Spellings And Stuff

I understand the spellings of "flavor" and "labor" as "flavour" and "labour" in UK English, but why is "laboratory" not spelled "labouratory"? Also, what is the general rule for...

When Is A Short A Pair Of Shorts?

I've just purchased a pair of shorts from Marks & Spencer here in Britain, and was surprised by one of its dangly labels. On one side it reads Blue Harbour / Comfort Short / Marks...

A Lexicon Of Teen-Speak, Thanks To The...

Article here detailing some teen-generated neologisms. [link] A think a pronunciation guide would have been nice. And "Buff", meaning fit, has been around since like forever...

Article On Teaching Grammar

Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar: [link] I'm aware, by the way, that my introductory fragment contains no verb. Will.

On What Program Can I Watch Bill Maher...

A while back someone told me about Bill Maher. On what program can I watch his show? What channel? Ideally not some premiere channel since I don't have them.

'Content' Versus 'Contents'

Which of the following is correct, when referring to what the book contains? 'the content of the book' -or- 'the contents of the book'

Tautology

Saw it last week: "This information point is out of order due to a technical fault." Adrian

Was Or Were?

Dear all, I want to know whether we should fill the following blank with 'was' or 'were'. Or are both ok? All we could see, smell and hear firecrackers. I'll appreciate your help...

Accents - Hugh Laurie

Anyone seen Hugh Laurie in the new(-ish) TV series "House"? I've only seen clips and can't judge, but those who've seen whole episodes are suggesting on a UK TV group that he does...

[Pronunciation] Here Vs. Hear

Native speakers - please help me to solve the following question. If the native speaker says two words: "hear" and "here", one by one, without any context (not in a sentece) would...

'In And Of Itself'

Is there any logic to the expression 'in and of itself', or is it just an idiom?

Rip Currents

'Rip currents' not 'rip tides', as this report in today's NY Times confirms: 'Rip currents are often erroneously called riptides or undertow, but they are not caused by tidal action...

"There Be Dragons"

Where does this expression come from? I can see from the context that it's probably used to denote some very foreign or even dangerous place, but it would still be interesting...

Odds And Chances

I am looking for a clarification. When the odds are low, the likelihood of the event happening is more, right? So a favourite horse has low odds of winning and the outsider has...

Moaning Michael?

Hello (Hi! Bonjour!) "Who's a moaning Michael, then?" "Who's a bit of a moaning Michael?" A seeker after truth has been wondering in the French group devoted in French to the...

That Deaf, [Redacted]And Blind Kid

"We referred to Helen Keller as being deaf and dumb when she was primarily deaf and blind. The idiomatic term 'dumb' when applied to a speech disability is often now considered...

Online Etymology Dictionary

In my posting about The Guardian shying away from "dumb", I should have quoted the background source I used, which I've only just discovered and don't remember having seen cited...

Finding Handedness-Neutral Wording (Left...

In times past, bias against left-handed people was conscious and acceptable. Lefties like me can breathe a sigh of relief that the cruelest practices against us have fallen into...

Native English Speakers - Please Help...

Would please tell me if the following sentence is acceptable (in lyrics - not written or spoken language) " getting wet inside out " meannig: getting wet completely, thoroughly...

Hitler's Signature Exposes Alphabetic...

Virtually unknown autographs of the leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party show that the Hakenkreuz-swastika was used to symbolize intertwined "S" shapes for the...

Straight-Ahead Jazz

WBGO-FM, 88.3 in Newark, NJ , (is YJ listening?) claims to be the best Jazz station in the US. Since it is the only Jazz station I listen to, I couldn't judge. In its promos it...

Loo Redux

I recently read Word Origins by Anatoly Liberman which is a work replete with a high level of etymological research. I was surprised to read in the book Liberman's etymology for...

Meaning Of FYI?

hi dudes, id like to know the meaning of FYI in the spoken language,US slang! thanks a lot
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