Rid Of John Paul...Finally
Now that the recently-senile and always-bungling old pope is at last gone, perhaps...
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Hectic As Positive
I recently (fifteen minutes ago) encountered the use of "hectic" in a positive sense...
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New Page On The AUE Site: Pronunciation...
There's a new page on the alt-usage-english site, showing the pronunciation of some...
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Need Evaluation Of A Usage Point
"Times the number by a thousand." Is this construction: (1) Rural/regional? (2) Childish...
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Finding Handedness-Neutral Wording (Left...
In times past, bias against left-handed people was conscious and acceptable. Lefties...
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Have (Got) In British English
As far as I know, you usually can't leave out "got" after "have" in negative and...
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Traffic Circles, Rotaries, And Roundabouts
An off-topic thread in alt.folklore.computers brought it to my attention that many...
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"Finite" For "Greater Than Zero"
I was just thinking about this the other day, and since a good example drifted by...
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"Blue-Plate Special"
I'm working on a Wikipedia article on the phrase "blue-plate special." Current version...
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Are Bre Phone Terms Turning Ame?
I just phoned a hospital in England and was told by a recorded voice that the extension...
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Canadian Usage
According to Garner's Modern American Usage, substiting the phrase "as well" for...
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Odd Pronunciations Of English Words Derived...
Odd pronunciations of English words derived from French (some of which have been...
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Pukka Mealtimes
When is the pukka time to eat? My understanding is as follows, but I will welcome...
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An associate of mine referred to the stand he was speaking at as a "podium." I asked...
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These Data, Those Data
Data is both plural and singular. Data is plural. I know lots of people use it as...
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Dice - Die
Hi AUE, I hope you can help me with this issue which we've been discussing in alt...
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And ,But
Does anyone know about the origin of the rule concerning not beginning a sentence...
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Shroedinger's Vowel
It seems that if i pronounce the vowel as /eI/ i get corrected to /oU/, and if i...
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The "Split Infinitive" Rule: More Harm...
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage says, under "split infinitive" The...
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Sank/Sunk, Shrank/Shrunk: A New View
Over the last few years there have been quite a few posts lamenting a gradual loss...
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