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The Word "Swastika" Was Mistranslated...

The word "swastika" was a misleading translation of "hakenkreuze." The obvious translation should have been "hooked cross." The monstrous National Socialist German Workers' Party...

Obviate

I heard Mike Taibbi on TV this morning saying that something "obviated the need for" something else. Isn't this redundant? Doesn't the word "obviate" mean "to eliminate the need...

British (?) Expressions

Hello there, Could anybody help me with the below (supposingly) British expressions? 1. CLUBBING HOLIDAYS 2. WIGGA 3. FLEXI LIVING 4. DOWNSHIFTERS 5. EC0-WARRIORS 6. YUMMY MUMMY...

Is It Hard For Native English Speakers...

I just did an experiment, in which my subjects were asked to identify the stress of some English words after they listened to the sound waves of sentences containing those words...

Some Do And Some Does

"If 1 in10 Labour voters don't vote, the Tories get in." current Labour Party election-campaign poster "Only 1 in 5 failed asylum seekers *is* removed from the UK" Conservative...

On The Other Hand...

Hi, I went to the English Centre at my university to practise English speaking. The instructor said most Chinese learners of English misused the phrase "on the other hand" which...

Meaning Of _It's A Been _

Hi: I don't understand this sentence from the movie "pulp fiction." "It's a been worth him doing it, just so I could've caught him doing it." I think this guy (Vincent) means...

Hebrew Origins?

I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson of Yeshiva U, The Word: The Dictionary that Reveals Hebrew Roots of English. He claims, for example, that "samurai" derives from...

"That's Not The Way We Talk"

"That's not the way we talk" is the headline above an article printed on today's Guardian (British newspaper), reprinted from the LA Times. See the original at [link] 498777.story...

Size Or Sized; Hyphen Or Not

Which is correct: 1.various size documents 2.various-size documents 3.various sized documents 4.various-sized documents Thanks "Grammar, which knows how to control even kings...

Status Quaestionis

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong group in which to ask this question. What is the meaning of "status quaestionis"? I'd appreciate knowing about good sites on the Internet...

What Does 'Doggy Bag' Mean?

Hello! I got a question. I heard a word 'Doggy bag' at TV show.What does 'Doggy bag' mean?

Texan At Harvard

So, a Texan is walking through the grounds of Harvard University. He stops to question a passerby for directions. "Where's that there library at?" he asked. "Hey, you can't say...

Salvation Army Counters

every hit returned in a search on the phrase : -"salvation army counters" ( - which is of course from Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" ) has something to do with "Suzanne". So I think...

Not Only ... But Also

Hi everyone, Recently my students are studying how to use "not only... but also," and they have a question about combing two sentences. Here are the sentences. The earthquake took...

Toothing

I watched "CSI: Miami" last week, and heard a new expression: "toothing", which apparently means meeting strangers for casual sex, by means of some kind of mobile phone text messaging...

Expletive

In the newsgroup alt.english.usage the subject of how "expletive" came to be applied to a swearword came up. I posted the entry for "expletive" from The Century Dictionary : From...

'At Grade Intersection' - Round Peg, Round...

Salute to a technical term that covers just the required scope of meaning, no more and no less. First of all, it's gloriously searchable (a key requirement until online search...

Pronounciation Of Mobile

When talking about the 'mobile phone', I have always pronounced the word 'mobile' similar to 'docile'. But recently I keep hearing the CNN TV announcer pronouncing it similar to...

A Basic Grammer Problem

Dear Sirs, Would you please advise me which verb I should use in the following sentence: The milk and bread (is, are) my favorite food for breakfast. Thank you.

FOIA - Pronounced, Not Spelt, Apparently

At least, that's what I understand from listening to lefty radio outfit Air America Radio. The acronym (for 'Freedom of Information Act') looks like one of those that are spelt...

In "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

In the middle of a conversation between Jack and his girlfriend Gwendolen, "Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John...

Accent In Montreal

I've been taking the time to listen to various radio stations on the internet that have streaming lately, and one interesting one is CJAD from Montreal. Now most would probably...

Pantywaist?

I have occasionally heard the word "pantywaist" used as a derogatory adjective, often to describe a "liberal". Why "pantywaist"? I like pantywaist, which I take to refer to the...

Most Notably

Hi! I was just wondering whether 'most notably' may be used at the beginning of the sentence e.g. 'Most notably, the audit included examining', and whether 'most notably' may be...
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