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Matronymics

I''m trying to put together a list of matronymics. The only surnames that come to mind are Dworkin (+ variations) and Rifkin (and variations). Any suggestions?

1.5 Years Vs 1.5 Year

Which one is correct? a) I have 1.5 year working experience in merchandising field. b) I have 1.5 years working experience in merchandising field. Thanks Clifford Åwªï¨ì§Úcliffordªº...

"I've Never Met Him Before."

Immediately after Jane has finished talking to Joseph, Jane's friend Thomas walks up to her and say, "so you and Joseph are old friends, I see." Should Jane answer: 1. "I've never...

Wound Or Sore (Nouns)?

I am from Denmark, so forgive me my probably very naïve question. I would like to know what the difference between "a wound" and "a sore" is. Of course I have looked in a couple...

Comma Usage With 'So'

Which of the following is the most grammatically correct? a) I wasn't enjoying the film, so I left half-way through it. b) I wasn't enjoying the film; so I left half-way through...

To Lead With The Chin

Hello: Is "leading with the chin" an indication of "risky behavior", similar to a boxer's attacking and leaving his chin exposed? [link] Speaking of lead-with-the-chin lists...

Three Diamonds

Someone asked me if "Mitsubishi" means "three diamonds", and I answered, no, it means "three lozenges". He said that "lozenge" is generally used only for medicine and that "diamond...

The Frogs Of Aristophanes

I've been hearing a chorus of frogs calling near our house for about two weeks, and I've been meaning to report that I've learned they are the Dutch version of the Greek frogs...

Omitted Comma

I often come across sentences in which a comma is not found where it should be. Here is an example setence which I used here a few days ago for a different question. You know,...

One-Line Philosopher.

I went to the barber this morning, and was reduced to reading the Daily Mail while I waited my turn. I found one item in it that did please me, so I now rate the Mail as 99% bad...

Thrice As Much

Some time ago I was told in this ng that "thrice" is still used in adjectives such as "thrice-weekly". What do you think of "thrice as much"? Do you deem "thrice" to be commoner...

What's The Difference Between 'Solve'...

What's the difference between 'solve' and 'resolve'. Dictionaries does help me. I need some real examples please. Thanks.

Recent Threads On Such Diverse

Recent threads on such diverse topics as ecclesiastical Latin and shopping procedures have led me to speculate on the use of "bags" in juvenile language common WIWAL to denote...

Nonsensible And Sensical...

Since "nonsensical" is a word, how come "sensical" is not a word? And since "nonsensical" and "sensible" are words, how come "nonsensible" is not a word? Or am I just being nonsensical...

Lauren Bacall's Accent

Tonight I saw Larry King's interview with Lauren Bacall. She sounded like an English woman who had moved the US as an adult. Apart from her being non-rhotic and consistently so...

Mind Like -- Smart As -- Sharp As -- A...

I got interested in the phrase "Mind like a steel trap". Going back in time, before that was "Smart as a steel trap" and before that "Sharp as a steel trap". I guess that this...

Cheesy

What is the origin/explanation of the word "cheesy"? Am I correct in thinking it has something to do with saying "cheese" to mimic a phony smile for a photograph? Steven

Split-Bottom Chair

Hello: What is a "split-bottom chair?" Couldn't find a picture at Yahoo or other places. Seems to be an old-fashioned piece of furniture. Thank you, Marius Hancu

"Monestic" Seclusion And Psychology Of...

I can understand how one could write "monestary" instead of "monastery" if all of one's information on this word were based on its pronunciation. But if it's in effect a mental...

What Does "Edges Are Blurred" Mean?

If something is said as "its edges are blurred and the full scope of its core principles is difficult to define" what and where has this "edges are blurred" idea come from? If...

What Is The English Term For This?

Is there a word in English for the separator that we put on the conveyor belt at the grocery store to distinguish our food items from the next customer's? (Swedish newspaper Dagens...

Scrubs (?)

Hello there, I've been watching this US TV drama "Grey's Anatomy" (www.imdb.com/title/tt0413573/) It's only recently that I've heard the characters saying expressions like: "scrubs...

Famous Russian Generals In English Language...

Famous Russian Generals in English Language Analogies: Molotov and Potemkin Potemkin as in 'Potemkin Village' a false display for a head of state, to gain prestige. Potemkin was...

Keep Out Of Mischief

Hi, there, Can anyone tell me what the following sentence means? Thanks in advance. "The mother told her children to keep out of mischief when they were in school." Does this sentence...

Gaffer

I read at imdb.com/glossary that a gaffer was... The head of the electrical department, responsible for the design and execution of the lighting plan for a production. Early films...
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