Submitted by goossun  •  July 12, 2004


What does the “K” in “the Y2K problem” stand for?

Submitted by goossun  •  July 8, 2004

At or in

Which one is correct? “As far back as I remember, the country was at war.” “As far back as I remember, the country was in war.” If both are correct, what’s the difference?

Submitted by goossun  •  July 2, 2004

Lacking Smell

What is the word for the olive oil or garlic whose smell has been taken away? What’s the verb and what the noun? (And does anyone know how they do it?!)

Submitted by goossun  •  July 2, 2004


Why is pawshop called pawshop?

Submitted by goossun  •  June 22, 2004


Why are the music instruments in the definite form when they are “being played” in the sentences? “I play THE guitar”

Submitted by goossun  •  June 21, 2004


How do you negate the word deliberate? Undelibertae is not correct according to dictionaries. What then?

Submitted by goossun  •  June 18, 2004

F word

When do you use “mother fucker” and when do you use “mother fucking”? Does the later indicate a kind of dialect?

Submitted by goossun  •  June 18, 2004

...t you

The T which meets the word YOU is usually pronounced somewhat like CH, right? Such as “got ya!” or “what you...”. Just wonder how one can write the sound. Is there an agreeable way to write it? As we almost agree to write “gotta” for “have got to”?

Submitted by sumijapanese  •  June 17, 2004

No Woman No Cry

The meaning of “No Woman No Cry” is now controversial in Japan. “No Woman No Cry” is a title of a song written by Bob Marley, a famous Jamaican Reggae artist. I’ve thought that the meaning is “There is no woman who does not cry”. However, someone says the meaning is “Women! Do not cry !”. I’d like to know the explanation by English native speakers. Thank you.

Submitted by goossun  •  June 15, 2004

P & K

Does anyone know what happened to the poor P of the psychology? Why is it silent? Why is it written? Does anybody also know why the K in know, knife, knee etc. is mute? I guess it has nothing to do with Kafka! Does it?

Submitted by goossun  •  June 13, 2004


Where do we put question mark, dot, exclamation mark etc. when a sentence ends with a quotation mark? Before or after the closing quotation mark? (”...where?” or “...where”?) or where?!

Submitted by goossun  •  June 9, 2004

Am I L-deaf?

Folk! Do YOU pronounce the L in the word, FOLK? I know that dictionaries say “NO, we don’t”. But I think that I often hear an L there. Eh?

Submitted by goossun  •  June 1, 2004


What does EXACTLY the prefix “para” mean? I have difficulty translating “para-theatre”.

Submitted by dorik  •  May 29, 2004

“me too”

This question is about the correctness of “me, too” as it relates to formal speech or its likelihood of being torn apart by a grammar fanatic.


a: “I want to go to the store.” b: “Me too.”

a: “I have ten fingers.” b: “Me too.”

Is “me, too” gramatiically correct, or should it be something like, “I, too,” “I, also,” or “I do as well?”

Submitted by goossun  •  May 15, 2004

ta-ta & ho-ho

You guys have seen Oliver Stone’s JFK? What do “ta-ta” and “ho-ho” mean in this phrase? “You got the right ta-ta, but the wrong ho-ho”. It’s from the court sequence. I do understand what it means it the sense it is used in the film, just wonder what these two words are coming from.

Submitted by goossun  •  May 11, 2004

Oral vs. Aural

Do you pronounce “oral” and “aural” differently? How then?

Submitted by goossun  •  May 10, 2004


Can one say “Bemartyred”? I am translating the name of an ancient Mesopotamian myth who is sacrificed for growth and rebirth of nature and in there was ceremny in which he was annually killed or “martyred”. I have once seen the word, “Beknighted” and though it could be made so for martyr as well if it doesn’t already exist.

Submitted by goossun  •  May 9, 2004


What does the G stand for in “G-string”? (besides covering part of the ass:)

Submitted by goossun  •  May 9, 2004


I have once violated the English language. I made this tittle for one of my photos. Just wonder if it is not totally wrong. The tittle was “Irreddenable blue” and I meant a blue colour that cannot be redden. I had thought to myself that I must use “ir” to twist a word which begins with an R. Could that be OK? Would you forgive me for that?

Submitted by goossun  •  May 6, 2004

Isn’t it odd?

Is it correct to say “odditiness”? I mean like odd, oddity and then “odditiness”.

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