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This Beckons The Question

We all know about the misuse of "begs the question" when raises is clearly meant. But how about "beckons the question"? [link]/: "I guess this beckons the question: will anyone...

Usage Of Singular / Plural

Hi, what is right: "This email and any attachment is confidental" or: "This email and any attachment are confidental"? Thanks Norbert

Deliver The Value Of This Post

One phrase I have trouble with is "deliver the value". It's everywhere these days: business plans, marketing copy, press releases. For instance, the document I'm working on now...

Didn't Find The Book Interesting

If I say 'I didn't find the book interesting', does it mean that 1) I didn't find the fact the book was interesting, or 2) I found that the book was not interesting.' I suspect...

Twinks

Among the porn postings in the test ngs I've seen references to "twinks". Does anyone know what twinks are? Perhaps Rey as the resident porn fundi could enlighten me, or perhaps...

British Word For "Transom" (Window Over...

Elizabeth George, the California writer who writes very good mystery stories set in England, uses British words both in dialog and text. Her books are full of references to "jacket...

"Nobeloriate" -- Eggcorn Or Error?

[link] "The vast majority of great things comes not in one flash of progress, but the accumulation of small things".' I found three other web pages containing the word "Nobeloriate...

"Person Of Interest"

I've been hearing the term "person of interest" on a lot of legal oriented shows describing a suspect. Is this some kind of PC lingo for "suspect", or some new category? Did some...

Snuck Vs Sneaked

"(past and past part. snuck or sneaked)", and that "There is a long tradtion of objection to 'snuck', though it is in fact more common than 'sneaked' in spoken English, fiction...

Pull Back A Chair

When you say "pull back a chair," does it assume necessarily the presence of the table before it? meaning "pull it further away the table". If so, it would be wrong to use "pull...

Word For "3 Times Per Year"?

Is there a word that means 3 times per year? (I am trying to find the right term for the 3 times/year review meetings we hold.) We all know semiannually is 2/year, quarterly is...

The West

As I walked down the streets of Laredo, as I walked down to Laredo one day, I spied a young cowboy, he was only a...I can't remember the rest. Pat? Charles Riggs

I Kind Have Had...

"when i arrived there i kind've had the opinion that most guys did; you know, that these are the most dangerous people in Iraq, the most deadly criminals...they deserve all this...

Will And Testament

I know (or believe I know) that "will and testament" is an example of Saxon and Norman equivalent terms that were joined for the sake of better understanding. Is there a term for...

Whomever Vs Whoever?

Would it be correct to use "whomever" or "whoever" in the sentence, "Please give this to whomever/whoever wrote the article." On the one hand, it seems that "whomever" would be...

Patently Obvious/Blatantly Obvious

Hi I used to think that the standard "correct" expression was "patently obvious", and that "blatantly obvious" was an incorrect guess based on mishearing/misunderstanding. However...

Please Help To Translate This English...

Hi! Don´t know if I can ask this question in this newsgroup, but I´ll give it a try. I am from Sweden and trying to translate an english movie. Anyway, one of the characters asks...

Tagline, Creative Writing

Hi I want to write a tagline for my business which is a computer service business. My business name is "Myname Computer Service" and the tagline I want to write is my problem basically...

Anytime As An Adverb

Can anyone give me an example of using the adverb 'anytime'?

Pet Milk

I tentatively conclude that what is meant by "pet milk" is evaporated milk from (domesticated) cows, and not something that one would express from one's cat. But what is the provenance...

Verbs Requiring, Inviting Or Permitting...

Hi, One of my wife's friends is taking a course to learn English. Don't for any details, I don't know any. She produced a list of verbs which are usually, (or often, or always...

Manu Boycott

I see that the Manchester United fans have called a boycott on the team's sponsors to register their displeasure over ManU not being locally owned. The sponsors that will be boycotted...

Tarpaulin

This is the first week of "Hurricane Season" in Florida. Not that we are having hurricanes, but this is the time of year when hurricanes are most likely to occur. For the first...

Garden Path Sentence !

Hello! I would like to know Garden Path Sentence ! What does this term mean? 1. The horse raced past the barn fell. 2. The man who hunts ducks out on weekends. 3. The cotton clothing...

One Word Synonym For "Almost Never"?

Can anyone think of a single word synonym for "almost never"? i.e. "rarely" but stronger. Usage: This extreme tack is taken. Joseph
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