Puh-HO-Nix?
Have any of you seen this TV commercial for Fed-Ex-Kinkos in the US? The customer...
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Non-Fat
"Non-fat" milk, ice cream, yogurt etc. Anyone else have a problem with this? I always...
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Ebonics From West Africa?
I have read many sources that claim that Black English (i.e. Ebonics, AAVE) is connected...
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Counter
I know that the word "counter", when used domestically, is predominantly a North...
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Muffin Again
I thought we had finally settled the muffin issue: 1) The (English) muffin - a doughy...
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Words Still Used In America But No Longer...
At it is asserted that the words and phrases in the left column below, all commonplace...
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'La-La Land'
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) says...
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What A Jerk!
I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of the belief that the noun ...
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Educated Americans?
"Educated Americans have a tendency to think that intelligence can be directly assessed...
[Turn / Go Round] The Roundabout?
"Go straight down the road and turn the roundabout" Is this correct? I would have...
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Notes From My Recent Travels
Weather forecasting Seattle style: If you can see Mount Rainier, it's going to rain...
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Sword?
I know the correct pronunciation of sword. I also know that at least some blacks...
Words That Are Not Spelled Phonetically
Has anyone compiled a list of words in American English that are not spelled phonetically...
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Dutch Words In English Language?
I have another question, but I'm not sure whether this is the right group to ask...
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English (As In England) Intonation Is...
[link]/ 40068153 basra kimmit210404 vi.ram This is an interview between Jeremy...
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How To Change Your Accent
There is hope for all you speakers American English. After just one small stroke...
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Qs: American Jive & Street-Talk In England
Do hipsters, thugs, gangsta wanna-be's, kids and ghetto-dwellers in England use the...
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So, Why Is "So" Used To Start The Sentence...
Hi all, I was listening to a technical audiocast that I downloaded off the Web today...
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Qs: African-American First Names Like...
When did African-American mothers first come up with names like Latisha, Lakisha...
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Why Do Linguists Get No Respect?
Inspired by this extract from a Geoff Nunberg piece on Language Log, I wanted to...