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What's The Opposite Of "Misanthrope"?

What is it? It occured to me today that I was having a moment in which I felt the opposite of a "misanthrope".

Matchstalk / Matchstick

I was just on the point of correcting the Radio Times for having referred to "Brian and Michael's 1978 hit 'MatchstalkMen and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs'", when I discovered that...

Ketchup In The UK

The 'Cider and Beer' thread above got me looking at a site with traditional English recipes. I noticed that for a 'Traditional English Breakfast', tomato ketchup is recommended...

Is This A Typo?

Dear all, If someone didn't write a word in a sentence which requires it due to careless typing, could this be called a typo, or simply an omission? E.g. 'I have dog', where ...

About Inversion

Dear all, I want to know whether subject-auxiliary inversion is obligatory in the following sentences. 1. I don't know what his name is. 2. I don't know what the matter is. 3....

Small Stones

I live in a region where it snows five meters in one winter. Sidewalks (BrE= pavements?) and crosswalks (BrE= pedestrian crossings?) often become slippery, so they have a box that...

I Loathe The Phrase "I Have A Gay Friend...

It has become fashionable lately, and whenever I hear it alarm bells ring in my head, and it automatically translates, through bitter experience, to "though I claim authoritative...

Using The 2Nd Person "We" In Single-Authored...

Hi! I would like to know if it is correct to use the second person "we" in an academic paper that has only one author. For example: "*we* present a technique for constructing a...

Anytime/Any Time

When somebody says to you, 'Thank you', would it be more appropriate to respond with 'Anytime' or 'Any time'?

Center Vs Centre

you guys who can tell me center and centre is used by which country normally. Thanks & Best Regards! Starph Myron Corp. Shenzhen Rep. office Tel:86-755-2668-8104 Ext.130 Fax:86...

Do High School Students In The US, Canada...

Dear all, I want to know if high school students in the US, Canada, or Britain learn the following sort of English. If so, is it a obligatory school subject or optional one? Tham...

Draw Draperies Back

I had switched off lamps and drawn draperis back from the sliding glass doors. (P.Cornwell) I'm every time confused with this usage of 'back' like in this sentence. Which way does...

Pronunciation Of "Cirencester"

Is it naive to hope that "Cirencester" is pronounced "siren sester"? Or is it one of those English things where it's pronounced "cinchister" or "sinister" or, for that matter,...

Fair, Meaning?

Six little ducks That I once knew Fat ones, skinny ones, Fair ones, too What's the meaning of "fair" in this context? You've probably guessed that it's a children's song excerpt...

A Split Infinitive

Lately I read the drama "The ecstasy of Rita Joe" by the Canadian playwright George Ryga (*1932). The play was first performed in 1967. On page 41 I came across a so-called "split...

Bumper Or Fender In The US

I guess they couldn't think of anything rhyming with fender.. [link] Is bumper standard in parts of the US? We call it a bumper or bumper bar here in Oz, but newer ones (say post...

Anurag Kashyap Wins National Spelling...

Anurag Kashyap Wins National Spelling Bee The Associated Press FOX News Thursday, June 2, 2005 WASHINGTON - Bursting into tears, eighth-grader Anurag Kashyap (search) of California...

What Does "The Loss Should Lie Where It...

What does it mean when someone says "the loss should lie where it falls"? It seems to suggest that a loss caused by unfair circumstances is bad luck.

Singular Or Plural Verb Form After "If...

Hello all! Could anyone please dispel a doubt which has just cropped up in my (admittedly tired)head? Is a plural or singular verb form required in clauses such as 'If any of those...

Meaning Of A Proverb

Hi Folks, I recently encountered a proverb "The difference is wide that the sheets will not decide." Could somebody please care to explain the meaning? Help.

Complement Or Adjunct?

What do you think is the function of the that clause in the following sentence? (a) The fact that he is absent annoys me. Does "that he is absent" modify "the fact" (like a relative...

How Do You Pronounce...

The name of "Jane AUSTEN" ? (aust-een) like "gr-een" ? (aust-en) like "spok-en" ? or.. Thank you !

Abbreviation Of Ounces

Good morning! I wonder what the correct abbreviation for ounces is: a) 2.7 oz b) 2.7 ozs c) 2.7 ozs. Thanks for your thoughts... Klaus

Spelling Errors More Common Than Ever

It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to the misspellings of basic English words and incorrect homonym useage. I rountinely find errors in the local newspaper, on public...

The Slang Term 'Tom'

Hello all, I hope that someone may be able to give me the definitive answer to this question: What is the derivation of the slang word 'Tom' to mean a prostitute, as used in the...
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