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Building Computer Paragraph!

Hi I want to put the following paragraph on my website. Could you please read it and let me know if I need to edit or rewrite any part of it. Thanks a lot. == Building Computer...

Positive & Negative Emotional Meanings...

Hi All Has anyone run across an on line dictionary that state if the word has a positive or negative meaning to it? Second, if there is, is there one determines if an article is...

Kiss The Rain?

g´day mates! i was wondering if the expression "kiss the rain" has a special meaning!? c ya later

Wigan Pronunciation?

How is "Wigan" pronounced? ('[email protected])? ("WIG un"?) ('[email protected])? ("WHY gun"?) ('WIn)? ("WIN"?) Something else? (Wigan, together with Sunderland and Ipswich, will be promoted to the...

Fetter One's Discretion

What does: "..The director of Enron had many duties.. and a duty not to fetter one's discretion" mean? Is it not to restrict someones freedom to act on one's own?

The Pope's Language: Latin

Am I the only person who has become suprised by the new Pope? He never speaks Italian in public, only Latin. Doesn't he speak a proper Italian, or is it a conscious way of showing...

"I'm A Man's Man..."

I've often heard of this expression, and someone actually used it to me recently. I think I have a good idea of what is meant by it but, when I tried to define what it meant, I...

What Are Discourse Error ...?

Hi, In a test of detection of errors, candidates are asked to explain errors in the given sentences. After reading the mock examination answers, I found that the answers had such...

More Confusion Re Bre "Fee Earner"

We recently discussed the peculiar BrEism "fee earner", which seems to be restricted to the BrE legal profession and things associated therewith. Much evidence suggests that it...

Hypermediated?

Hello. Today I ran into a word which I cannot find in any dictionary. The word is 'HYPERMEDIATED.' But it appears in which the book I read and on the internet. The senetence...

My Dear

I from a land where we only use "Dear" in letters among family members, close relatives and people we love. But obviously Americans used it in business dealings (Also surprised...

Syllable Stress In English

I teach an ESL course and last week a student asked me whether there were any "rules" in English for determining which syllable is stressed in English words. I went home and analyzed...

Nothing Like A Good Balls-Up!

From Nobby Piles writing for The Bangkok Post. "You can't beat a good balls-up." In a recent issue of the Australian News magazine "Bulletin", there was an article by Garry Linnell...

Final Word On Bre/Lyle "Fee Earner"

Further research convinces me that the following is the truth of the matter: In BrE law firms, there is a middle rank of persons who are not qualified solicitors but who perform...

Metric Iron-Age Shoe

Announcing the discovery of a shoe from the late Iron Age in Wellington, Somerset, the BBC radio news man has just said it was "30 centimetres long". I call that a modernisation...

Rid Of John Paul...Finally

Now that the recently-senile and always-bungling old pope is at last gone, perhaps the Catholic Church can wake up to some of the crises in the world instead of worrying about...

Ceases To Amaze

Spoken to me the other night: "It ceases to amaze me how .." "It ceases to amaze ...?" I asked in a manner suggesting that I hadn't heard the rest of the sentence, but really I...

Only In America

What do Americans say when we say "Only in America"? Stupot

Is There A Subtle Difference In The Definitions...

In a paragraph I just read, I noticed the words 'difference, distinguish and distinction'. I thought they were synonyms of one another but now I am wondering if there is a subtle...

What Does "Last Past" Mean?

In my greatgreat-grandfather's petition to become a US citizen it states: "... saith that he was of the age of twenty two years in the month of April last past ..." Since this...

Slang Meaning Of "Fit": Pondial?

Scene: this evening in the pub; about half a dozen people, chatting about nothing in particular. Comment was made about the young (early teenage) daughter of one of them and 3...

Cider And Beer

If a glass is half-filled with BrE 'cider', as opposed to the usual meaning of AmE 'cider', then topped off with beer, does the resultant drink have a BrE name, other than 'cider...

Earned His Chops

In another group there is some discussion about the etymology of "earned his chops" as a measure of musical instrument ability. It appears to have been derived from the much older...

Seriously, The Joke Is Dead

An interesting article from an alt.usage.english standpoint appears in today's New York Times online edition. It is entitled 'Seriously, the Joke is Dead' and can be seen at: ...

Adjective Satellite

What is an 'adjective satellite'? It appeared for several words in a friends PDA dictionary. The phrase also gets 14,200 hits in Google (often seen in the company of 'synset',...
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