Why Is "Oriental" Politically Incorrect...
A friend admonished me a few weeks ago when I totally innocently referred to her...
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More Confusion Re Bre "Fee Earner"
We recently discussed the peculiar BrEism "fee earner", which seems to be restricted...
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"Stipulate"
I was having an argument with a friend recently. He proposed some middle ground and...
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Is The Thumb A Finger ?
I'm a non-native user of English and I've just been asked by some friends to settle...
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Until The Cows Come Home
The phrase "until the cows come home" just came up. To be more specific, I used it...
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Next Wednesday
Hello I've always understood the expression next Wednesday (or any other day) to...
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Has It Snown Overnight?
My wife said to me this morning, "I hope it hasn't snowed overnight". "That's funny...
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Sentence Usage?
My dad's friend turned and burst into laughter. Shouldn't it be bursted ? Why...
Opinions On Speaker Use?
What's your opinion of this speaker's usage? Her friend in Chester, his girlfriend...
Colloquial Usage - Family
Hello, I have been staying in Germany for the last few months. I am not sure if the...
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Redneck In South Africa, Etc.
OK. I'm reading The Steam Pig by James McClure, which I highly recommend BTW. It...
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Some Odd Pronunciation Spellings
In the St. Paul Pioneer Press last Sunday, in the cartoon section, appeared an...
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A Ways To Go?
Hi all, One of my friends likes using this term "a ways to go". Does anyone...
What Does "Famous" Mean?
Please help settle an argument. A friend and I can't agree on the meaning of the...
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Teresa Heinz Kerry
Just wondering - one of our presidential candidates' wife's name is Teresa Heinz...
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A Strange Use Of "Make"?
Hi, I've encountered phrases like the one below a great many times, and would like...
The Participle As An Adverbial Cause?
Hi teachers, I have excerpted an example using "participle clause" from a grammar...
Button Polisher
A friend happened to use the phrase "button polisher" with respect to some brass...
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Singular, Plural And Noun Conundrum?
Friends, I'm confuse regarding the usage of countable and uncountable noun in this...
To My Opinion
I have a friend who uses the expression "to my opinion" instead of the expression...
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