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Dick & Bob



B4 Dickens

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Looking for a word



At or in

Lacking Smell




F word

...t you

P & K


Am I L-deaf?


ta-ta & ho-ho

Oral vs. Aural




Isn’t it odd?



English schools

Following the Joe

Who’s this Joe?








Any reference?

Weird name

Pronounciation of TH+S

Gerund and Present Participle


Recent Comments

Re: Don’t mind if I do  •  July 15, 2007, 3:31pm  •  1 vote

Dyske, couldn't the original expression as well be "[Hope you] don't mind if I do."

Re: Punctuation of Ltd.  •  July 2, 2007, 6:01am  •  0 vote

Is it a new trend to eliminate punctuation, like what Dave suggests? For example BBC even has it like "2300" instead of 23:00 to indicate time. Was not it suppose to be helping readers to punctuate te

Re: “On accident” and “study on . . .”  •  July 2, 2007, 5:40am  •  1 vote

Language evolves, you know? I think one way of explaining/understanding the change in this case is to figure out what different sense would the same kids make when they use "by accident", if at all. D

Re: injecting swear words  •  December 1, 2006, 8:57pm  •  0 vote

I just think (but not 253% sure) that the term Heather is looking for is infix and not tmesis. Tmesis: i.e. "any more" (in oppose to anymore; without space) basically means to "cut" parts of a compo

Re: Only then can we know  •  December 1, 2006, 8:37pm  •  0 vote

As xylo said it is called inversion and is rooted in Germanic languages. In today’s English it is used as an emphasis when one wants to be formal. In Danish for instance it is very common and yo

Re: Impact as a noun  •  December 1, 2006, 8:20pm  •  0 vote

I think the morning whisky had left a great "impact" on the dude the day he uttered that utter nonsense. I just want to say that I believe one great advantage of English language is that almost alwa

Re: Joke  •  June 19, 2005, 7:07am  •  0 vote

Thanks Sarah, I did not know the other meaning of "yank." So it apparently pans with "yank" and "Yank." I'm sure of that because I checked the subtitle for “hard of hearing” and Yank was capitalized.

Re: V-cards  •  May 11, 2005, 6:17am  •  0 vote

margaret, that was quite fun!

Re: V-cards  •  May 10, 2005, 4:21pm  •  0 vote

what is this video game? And how new? I heared this V-card last September.

Re: verb tenses  •  May 2, 2005, 5:10pm  •  0 vote

I just found this:

Re: verb tenses  •  May 2, 2005, 5:08pm  •  0 vote

Although Sean has made some sense, but I think making scenario to describe grammatical point is almost misleading. I prefer the comprehensive definitions. I think, too, all three are right, dependin

Re: V-cards  •  May 2, 2005, 4:37pm  •  0 vote

Dear Sarah Yes it was "race" but I wasn't sure what I heard was race or raise. Speedwell suggested that it is more likely to be raise. You seem to be a good slang source! Keep in touch :-)

Re: V-cards  •  April 30, 2005, 7:13pm  •  0 vote

So what does "Go raise some V-cards" mean then?

Re: Bios  •  April 13, 2005, 4:19pm  •  0 vote

Aima Akhazemea, you gotta read Barba's books then. And see some of the videos fron Odin Teatret.

Re: politics in the kitchen...  •  March 23, 2005, 10:12am  •  0 vote

I dunno about that, but Marx says, "Quantity effects quality!" I think when the Communism gets as soupy as goulash then it goes as awry as it went. Hence Goulash Communism! ;-)

Re: L  •  March 23, 2005, 10:01am  •  0 vote

"In the beginning was dictionary and dictionary was God!"

Re: OK  •  February 12, 2005, 3:08pm  •  0 vote

OK! :-)

Re: L  •  January 31, 2005, 10:23am  •  0 vote

Speed, if beforehandedly isn't wrong, I'm happy with it. as to the ignorance stuff, I wouldn't take statements like lysdexia's serious. Because s/he is either an English speaker so that THINKS s/he k

Re: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”  •  January 18, 2005, 3:30pm  •  0 vote

Speed, You should be careful that "poet Rilke" and "the poet, Rilke" (note the comma) are not grammatically the same.

Re: B4 Dickens  •  January 18, 2005, 3:23pm  •  0 vote

But we are getting far from the subjevt here. My post was about deliberate alternative spelling in purpose. Of course it is wrong spelling to write 2 instead of to. because they are two different thin

Re: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”  •  January 18, 2005, 2:38pm  •  0 vote

Copy Dog, I guess you first should clarify what you mean by “faster, cleaner and much more listenable [sic]”. These words are not grammatical terms and do not count when discussing grammar. If you kn

Re: B4 Dickens  •  January 18, 2005, 1:44pm  •  0 vote

Steph, are you suggesting that Shakespeare spelled his words "however he wanted?"

Re: Why ‘an’ in front of an ‘h’-word?  •  January 14, 2005, 11:06am  •  1 vote

GP, get outa town! :-) Some British (or Irish probably) may not pronounce the H in some words. 'Ope instead of Hope for example in Cockney accent. You would say "an hour" because the H is mute there

Re: Bios  •  January 3, 2005, 4:12pm  •  0 vote

Ruth, I know theatre. I didn't know Latin! ;-)Thanks anyway.

Re: S  •  December 30, 2004, 9:07am  •  0 vote

Back to this again. Is in "a H" or "an H?" With Irish accent I am sure it is "a H" because they pronounce it like "heych" but in English and American I hear something like "eych." Huh?

Re: The way the English talk. Bothering details  •  December 30, 2004, 8:58am  •  0 vote

As some of you know my mother tongue is Persian. Because of historical reasons, which mostly has to do with the first Iranian students going abroad to France in the 18th century, most of European word

Re: Films  •  December 27, 2004, 9:09am  •  0 vote

Ananymos, It is oUrangutan. So I think that conection is mere guess. I've read that before.

Re: Bios  •  December 17, 2004, 4:33am  •  0 vote

No, no, no, Thomas! You better read the post and other comments before answering.

Re: Bios  •  December 12, 2004, 10:13pm  •  0 vote

Well Speedius, So we can just simply say "scenic life" instead of "scenic bios" and not be marked as hillbilly, right?

Re: Water  •  December 6, 2004, 5:00pm  •  1 vote

Janet, Not everywhere in Europe. I guess it is very German. I've never been in Austria, but in Germany and Switzerland one always drinks bottled water which is bought. Tap water is never used. In D

Re: “Tilting at Windmills”  •  December 6, 2004, 4:41pm  •  1 vote

...and Don Quixote was considering the windmills akin to Satan.... Speedwell it is completely clear in the book what Don was thinking when he was "tilting at windmills." Unless you are agree with me

Re: Go + noun? Idiom or bad grammar?  •  November 12, 2004, 3:37pm  •  0 vote

Perenna, I guess that has to do with a Scandinavian symptom that came to exist during 60's and 70's. Although Finland may not be consider "Scandinavian", however it was and is fashionable to upload th

Re: The Term “Foreigner”  •  November 12, 2004, 3:26pm  •  0 vote

Guys I'm the expert on this matter. "People" call me (or people like me) "foreigner" here in Denmark. "We" foreigners call other non-Danish folks "foreigners" too. Danish Constitution Act calls us all

Re: Go + noun? Idiom or bad grammar?  •  November 11, 2004, 1:27pm  •  0 vote

I like Kaurismäki, no matter how he titles his films! :-) I know that he meant "... go America" in the same way one may say "... go crazy." But just wonder is the title just the same in Finnish? Or h

Re: silent autumn  •  November 8, 2004, 9:20am  •  1 vote

Once again, I think whatever answer one may come up with will in some way or another have to do with a great consideration on spelling. The French language has historically played the role of pimp for

Re: Realize or realise?  •  November 4, 2004, 4:52am  •  0 vote

As a non-English speaker who spant ages to pronounce the word, "word" properly, I can say that that R is not droped in British accent, its just pronounce diferently than American. I have listen very v

Re: couple vs couple of  •  November 1, 2004, 9:10pm  •  1 vote

Dave, don't try that at home! :-) In Roger Waters' The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking we here him saying: "Hello...ya wanna cup coffee? [...] I'm sorry, would you like a cup of coffee?" I think it's j

Re: silent autumn  •  November 1, 2004, 8:58pm  •  0 vote

Speedwell! I guess you've been influenced by some bad companies. :-) You are not answering Marta's question. The question is WHY that N is mute. It is curius: the words ending with the mute N such

Re: Fuff  •  October 2, 2004, 5:27am  •  0 vote

fuff Dave! That was funny.

Re: Mixing  •  October 1, 2004, 7:49am  •  0 vote

Just thought it sounded cool! And also being a none-adjective in a short manner. Let alone the show-off!

Re: “I says”  •  September 12, 2004, 10:06am  •  0 vote

According to David, isn't it more common to refer to oneself as third-person in England than in the US? i.e. Hamlet page one: "Ferancisco: Bernardo? Bernardo: He." I've got an English friend who

Re: ab  •  September 12, 2004, 9:51am  •  0 vote

OK Speedwell, in that case if I were a doctor I would rather be an "abuser" than a "misuser!" Any comment on Belinda's "about?"

Re: “Can I get” vs. “May I have”  •  August 27, 2004, 5:09pm  •  0 vote

I think that has a lot to do with whereabout you are. I am always afraid of speaking to elderly native English speaking people since the way we speak English here in Denmark may sound totally vulgar.

Re: ab  •  August 27, 2004, 4:57pm  •  0 vote

Oh yeah, "abuse" why did it skip my mind? "Mr. Speedwell" got my question quite write. I was looking for the words that could get "ab" as prefix. Use-abuse, normal-abnormal etc. no matter what the roo

Re: ab  •  August 26, 2004, 5:15pm  •  0 vote

Abbie, we are just a bunch of dumb-ass red-necks, we have never saw a book in our lives. You should consider the fact that not everyone is as smart as you are. Does anyone have a comment on Jutta's

Re: “Zen” as an Adjective  •  August 26, 2004, 5:38am  •  0 vote

I had a problem to find a word (an adjective) which meant "related to or derived from Zen" when I was writing an article about a Japanese performance. I searched to see what adjective I can find. I d

Re: ...t you  •  August 13, 2004, 4:21am  •  0 vote

I'm sexist! Sexi[e]st, sexy st. or/and St. Sexy! However does S EXIST? S: "X is T." (Here S stands for Socrates; don't mix up with Samuel Beckett or Saddam) Yeah, SEX is TEA.

Re: Pawshop  •  August 6, 2004, 8:43am  •  0 vote

I just did not know that this kinda trade still exists. I guess I'm being too inosent!

Re: Punctuation Inside ( ) While Ending a Sentence  •  July 29, 2004, 6:57pm  •  0 vote

I was reading the translation of Wim Wenders' The Act of Seeing and there the translator had a footnote that ended thus: ...(Trans.). I guess that publishers use different system of punctuation. The

Re: Example  •  July 23, 2004, 8:19pm  •  0 vote

OK. Webster online says "A verbal or acted enigma based upon a word which has two or more significant syllables or parts, each of which, as well as the word itself, is to be guessed from the descripti

Re: Y2K  •  July 12, 2004, 10:49pm  •  1 vote

Y stands for year. Do you mean K stands for "kilo"? The year 2 kilo problem?!!!

Re: Pawshop  •  July 8, 2004, 1:55pm  •  0 vote

Sorry, it was stupid of me to spell pawNshop, pawnshop three times. Nevertheless, I still wonder, is a pawnshop TODAY a place to pawn something for money? Or it became generalized to some sort of shop

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 8, 2004, 1:45pm  •  25 votes

that was a great remark speedwell.

Re: Exclusive plural  •  June 25, 2004, 3:05am  •  0 vote

Jun-Dai, I too said that "he" is the subject. Noone said "seasons" is the subject. I was referring to the proposition matter you mentioned. I thought that "in" better stay where it is. You didn't answ

Re: Exclusive plural  •  June 24, 2004, 3:43pm  •  0 vote

Just a guess; Don't you people think that "to be in (a show)" is a phrasal verb in "Which seasons is he not in?" which is a spoken way of asking "Which season [is it that] he is not in?". I have hear

Re: The  •  June 23, 2004, 8:52pm  •  0 vote

Jun-Dai you did not get the point mate.

Re: Be-martyred  •  June 22, 2004, 9:39pm  •  0 vote

In to my surprise I found this word that we use every day: Become!

Re: Would vs. Used To  •  June 22, 2004, 12:05pm  •  0 vote

What I've learned is: "Subject + used to + verb" indicates an activity or a state which does not occur any more. "When she was young, she used to sing at the church." means that she did it ONLY when s

Re: No Woman No Cry  •  June 18, 2004, 6:47pm  •  4 votes

I too always thought of it in the sense MDT mentioned below. Once I was asking a guy if he had a girlfriend and he sang: " No woman, no cry!" However Speedwell is right, you gotta ask a native Jamai

Re: ...t you  •  June 18, 2004, 6:35pm  •  0 vote

Just remembered that Q.T. in Pulp Fiction script had things like "whatch ya're gonna..." as far as I recall. Is that a correct way of writing it?

Re: Para  •  June 3, 2004, 5:05pm  •  0 vote

That qoutation ain't really hitting nothing about Grotowski, I should say. Check out the "tata, hoho" post, by the way

Re: ta-ta & ho-ho  •  June 3, 2004, 4:07pm  •  2 votes

Sven,you got it wrong man. Though you, mentioning the New Oelean Jazz may ring a bell. However, it's Dean Andrews who says "You got the right ta-ta, but the wrong ho-ho" when he denies that Clay shaw

Re: Para  •  June 3, 2004, 3:18pm  •  0 vote

Not quite postmodern, but I'm troubled with a beardy Polish man, named Jerzy Grotowski who once said "I said yes to past". However, he had a research program known as the paratheatre. Do you know an

Re: Pronouns  •  May 21, 2004, 10:13am  •  0 vote

Scots? That's a wee bit difficult, though nice try. We mighn't ge' whatch ya sayin' anymore, love"!

Re: Pronouns  •  May 20, 2004, 7:44pm  •  0 vote

Speedwel I think Alec is somehow right. I don't know about Australia but I can notice this "he" and "His" a lot more in the English English books more then one could find in American's for instance.

Re: ta-ta & ho-ho  •  May 19, 2004, 4:50pm  •  0 vote

OK! The charactor who says this "ta-ta, ho-ho" (if you have seen the film) says a hell a lot of other wierd stuff. The thing is that thoes things which he adds to the end of his lines in the film are

Re: Pronouns  •  May 13, 2004, 6:44pm  •  0 vote

You're teacher was right speedwell. The "gender" in language(s) has little to do with "sex". Even in the languages where a same pronoun is used for the both "sexes" there could still be a distinguish

Re: Isn’t it odd?  •  May 11, 2004, 6:06pm  •  0 vote

So I just wonder why can't one create the new word, "odditiness". I mean what's the red line of right or wrong when it comes to composing new words? I have before mentioned that Derrida for instance d

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 11, 2004, 5:53pm  •  0 vote

By the way, could you give some example of the facetious use of "be-"?

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 11, 2004, 5:51pm  •  0 vote

I'm sorry speedwell, but I just don't get when this "modern times" are! You agree that the words mention "below" are still used, so what does "in modern times words are no longer formed by adding "be-

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 10, 2004, 5:25pm  •  0 vote

Being obsolete is actually helpfulin this case, I think. It gives a hint of the ansient and archaic taste as the word has it originaly. But I must make sure if using "be-" is not wrong. If so, "bemart

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 10, 2004, 9:02am  •  0 vote

sorry I miss spelled, I meant "Benighted".

Re: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”  •  April 28, 2004, 10:51am  •  2 votes

I thought it's worth to add that this "Were" and its conjugation for the first and the third singular person in the old English has to do with the old Germanic roots. There were no distinguishes of th

Re: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”  •  April 28, 2004, 9:18am  •  2 votes

American Herutage says: "Subjunctive: Of, relating to, or being a mood of a verb used in some languages for contingent or hypothetical action, action viewed subjectively, or grammatically subordinate

Re: English schools  •  April 28, 2004, 9:15am  •  0 vote

C'mon for the sake of all poor-second-language-learners Speedwell. That's the whole point with my problem. If only I were living in an English country I wouldn't have much trouble as I do now. That't

Re: English schools  •  April 28, 2004, 7:52am  •  0 vote

But can one classify the Major methods of teach/learning English? How have they been made? When and where have these method been started? I'm getting curious all about it. It's now more than just

Re: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”  •  April 28, 2004, 7:43am  •  2 votes

No comments on relationship. Though I had the same confusion when I for the first time came across "If I were...". I couldn't understand why it was "were" where I would expect it should be "was". The

Re: 114  •  April 19, 2004, 9:35am  •  0 vote

Hi speedwell Do you also say "Let me know the 411" in your erea or it's just NY slang? I got that in an e-mail from a guy who's originally from San Francisco but lives in NYC. By the way, may I ask

Re: S  •  April 15, 2004, 3:15pm  •  0 vote

I was confused on the S because I see that Iranian and Spanish peoples have difficulty pronuncing the words which beging with S following a consonant, such as speak. They'd pronunce "Espeak". So I was

Re: Stress pattern in the word ‘totalitarian’  •  April 14, 2004, 9:57pm  •  0 vote

How about the word like reconceptualization? Do you consider it as a three-major-stressed word?

Re: 00′s  •  March 4, 2004, 4:00pm  •  0 vote

What are those "few examples" Adam?

Re: More than a pain in the English!  •  February 27, 2004, 8:46am  •  0 vote

Speedwell Tanx f' da link! How the hell did you find it? I've still got difficulties to make sense of many of them.

Re: Pronounciation of TH+S  •  February 17, 2004, 1:10pm  •  0 vote

Dear Adam The kind of D you are talking about I guess have nothing to do with the sound of TH in English. Because I do believe the TH stuff comes from Indo-European roots. i.e. Mithra in Indian. It

Re: Weird name  •  February 17, 2004, 12:50pm  •  0 vote

Dear Adam The kind of D you are talking about I guess have nothing to do with the sound of TH in English. Because I do believe the TH stuff comes from Indo-European roots. i.e. Mithra in Indian. It

Re: Posessive aspostrophes  •  February 16, 2004, 12:28pm  •  0 vote

Right you are. You just add an apostrophe to the end of the word when it ends with S, I do believe. I'm learning Danish now and there is a bigger problem there, that is in Danish possessive form of

Re: People(s)  •  February 12, 2004, 12:34pm  •  0 vote

It may clarify the question. We never say "People is..." We always say "People are..." Besides, many of dictionaries say "plural: people ". See Longman for example. Or check this out: http://www