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Head shot

As nasty as it sounds, for a translation I just need to know...

Frowing

What does “tooing and frowing” mean? And why these words can...

Dick & Bob

Can anyone explain why the short forms or the nicknames for ...

Joke

What does this joke mean? “Utility knickers - one Yank, and ...

L

Can one say “beforehandedly?” and if so should it be with do...

B4 Dickens

I have always thought that “2 write” like this did not exist...

Credit card

What is the little machine called that one slides one’s cred...

all

Dictionaries say that the word, all -among other functions- ...

Films

What does the title, Clockwork Orange mean? I have found thi...

BCC

I was curious what the BCC feature of e-mail stands for and ...

Ya’ese

Is there an English noun that means a woman who is old enoug...

Hairy

I think I first heard the slang “hairy” in Apocalypse Now. T...

Bios

Mates, I’m in a big trouble. What does “bios” mean? It must ...

V-cards

Does anyone knows what “V-cards” mean? I was at a Hotel rece...

Fuff

What does “fuff” mean Dave? Is a corruption of puff?...

Mixing

What would you folk say to me if I-in a serious context-mix ...

ab

Hi all. I’m back after a long time. I just finish a short mo...

OK

Does anyone know the origin of the word okay or O.K. or OK? ...

Looking for a word

Is there any informal, figurative and rather impolite way of...

Example

Can anyone give an example of verbal “charade” plesae?...

Y2K

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

At or in

Which one is correct? “As far back as I remember, the countr...

Lacking Smell

What is the word for the olive oil or garlic whose smell has...

Pawshop

Why is pawshop called pawshop?...

The

Why are the music instruments in the definite form when they...

negating

How do you negate the word deliberate? Undelibertae is not c...

F word

When do you use “mother fucker” and when do you use “mother ...

...t you

The T which meets the word YOU is usually pronounced somewha...

P & K

Does anyone know what happened to the poor P of the psycholo...

Punctuation

Where do we put question mark, dot, exclamation mark etc. wh...

Am I L-deaf?

Folk! Do YOU pronounce the L in the word, FOLK? I know that ...

Para

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

ta-ta & ho-ho

You guys have seen Oliver Stone’s JFK? What do “ta-ta” and “...

Oral vs. Aural

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

Be-martyred

Can one say “Bemartyred”? I am translating the name of an an...

G-string

What does the G stand for in “G-string”? (besides covering p...

ir

I have once violated the English language. I made this tittl...

Isn’t it odd?

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

Semtex

What’s “semtex”? It’s here in a song by Roger Waters....

Gerontophile?

What does “gerontophile” means?...

English schools

I had a talk to Speedwell on finding a good English school i...

Following the Joe

After the last post, I was thinking where is “Jack ass” comi...

Who’s this Joe?

I’ve read it here: “and the president (Bush, of course) kin...

114

I just wonder how does one say this phrase: “Let me know the...

Term

What do you in grammar terminology call a word that is not c...

S

Which one is correct: “I sent a SMS” or “I sent an SMS”? Do...

-

What’s the defference between hyphens and dash?...

00′s

I just wonder how can we name the decades of the 2nd millenn...

More than a pain in the English!

I’ve read this “old gag” in an Interview with Hitchcock and ...

Have/halve

Was reading an interview with Peter Greenaway last night and...

un/ir

What’s the difference between “irrepresentablity” and “unrep...

Any reference?

Does anybody know any reference to look up for the exact “En...

Weird name

Does anybody possibly know what Gimp means? I’m talking abou...

Pronounciation of TH+S

I’ve been always wondering how I must pronounce: months, mou...

Gerund and Present Participle

What’s the difference between gerund and present participle?...

People(s)

Why is, in some of the English texts of the last century, th...

Recent Comments

on: Don’t mind if I do

Dyske, couldn't the original expression as well be "[Hope yo...

on: Punctuation of Ltd.

Is it a new trend to eliminate punctuation, like what Dave s...

on: “On accident” and “study on . . .”

Language evolves, you know? I think one way of explaining/un...

on: injecting swear words

I just think (but not 253% sure) that the term Heather is lo...

on: Only then can we know

As xylo said it is called inversion and is rooted in Germani...

on: Impact as a noun

I think the morning whisky had left a great "impact" on the ...

on: Joke

Thanks Sarah, I did not know the other meaning of "yank." So...

on: V-cards

margaret, that was quite fun!...

on: V-cards

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

on: verb tenses

I just found this: http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastp...

on: verb tenses

Although Sean has made some sense, but I think making scenar...

on: V-cards

Dear Sarah Yes it was "race" but I wasn't sure what I heard...

on: V-cards

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

on: Bios

Aima Akhazemea, you gotta read Barba's books then. And see s...

on: politics in the kitchen...

I dunno about that, but Marx says, "Quantity effects quality...

on: L

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

on: OK

OK! :-)...

on: L

Speed, if beforehandedly isn't wrong, I'm happy with it. as...

on: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”

Speed, You should be careful that "poet Rilke" and "the poe...

on: B4 Dickens

But we are getting far from the subjevt here. My post was ab...

on: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”

Copy Dog, I guess you first should clarify what you mean by...

on: B4 Dickens

Steph, are you suggesting that Shakespeare spelled his words...

on: Why ‘an’ in front of an ‘h’-word?

GP, get outa town! :-) Some British (or Irish probably) may...

on: Bios

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

on: S

Back to this again. Is in "a H" or "an H?" With Irish accen...

on: The way the English talk. Bothering details

As some of you know my mother tongue is Persian. Because of ...

on: Films

Ananymos, It is oUrangutan. So I think that conection is m...

on: Bios

No, no, no, Thomas! You better read the post and other comme...

on: Bios

Well Speedius, So we can just simply say "scenic life" inst...

on: Water

Janet, Not everywhere in Europe. I guess it is very German....

on: “Tilting at Windmills”

...and Don Quixote was considering the windmills akin to Sat...

on: Go + noun? Idiom or bad grammar?

Perenna, I guess that has to do with a Scandinavian symptom ...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

Guys I'm the expert on this matter. "People" call me (or peo...

on: Go + noun? Idiom or bad grammar?

I like Kaurismäki, no matter how he titles his films! :-) I...

on: silent autumn

Once again, I think whatever answer one may come up with wil...

on: Realize or realise?

As a non-English speaker who spant ages to pronounce the wor...

on: couple vs couple of

Dave, don't try that at home! :-) In Roger Waters' The Pros...

on: silent autumn

Speedwell! I guess you've been influenced by some bad compa...

on: Fuff

fuff Dave! That was funny....

on: Mixing

Just thought it sounded cool! And also being a none-adjectiv...

on: “I says”

According to David, isn't it more common to refer to oneself...

on: ab

OK Speedwell, in that case if I were a doctor I would rather...

on: “Can I get” vs. “May I have”

I think that has a lot to do with whereabout you are. I am a...

on: ab

Oh yeah, "abuse" why did it skip my mind? "Mr. Speedwell" go...

on: ab

Abbie, we are just a bunch of dumb-ass red-necks, we have ne...

on: “Zen” as an Adjective

I had a problem to find a word (an adjective) which meant "...

on: ...t you

I'm sexist! Sexi[e]st, sexy st. or/and St. Sexy! However d...

on: Pawshop

I just did not know that this kinda trade still exists. I gu...

on: Punctuation Inside ( ) While Ending a Sentence

I was reading the translation of Wim Wenders' The Act of See...

on: Example

OK. Webster online says "A verbal or acted enigma based upon...

on: Y2K

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

on: Pawshop

Sorry, it was stupid of me to spell pawNshop, pawnshop three...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

that was a great remark speedwell....

on: Exclusive plural

Jun-Dai, I too said that "he" is the subject. Noone said "se...

on: Exclusive plural

Just a guess; Don't you people think that "to be in (a show)...

on: The

Jun-Dai you did not get the point mate....

on: Be-martyred

In to my surprise I found this word that we use every day: B...

on: Would vs. Used To

What I've learned is: "Subject + used to + verb" indicates a...

on: No Woman No Cry

I too always thought of it in the sense MDT mentioned below....

on: ...t you

Just remembered that Q.T. in Pulp Fiction script had things ...

on: Para

That qoutation ain't really hitting nothing about Grotowski,...

on: ta-ta & ho-ho

Sven,you got it wrong man. Though you, mentioning the New Oe...

on: Para

Not quite postmodern, but I'm troubled with a beardy Polish ...

on: Pronouns

Scots? That's a wee bit difficult, though nice try. We mighn...

on: Pronouns

Speedwel I think Alec is somehow right. I don't know about ...

on: ta-ta & ho-ho

OK! The charactor who says this "ta-ta, ho-ho" (if you have ...

on: Pronouns

You're teacher was right speedwell. The "gender" in language...

on: Isn’t it odd?

So I just wonder why can't one create the new word, "odditin...

on: Be-martyred

By the way, could you give some example of the facetious use...

on: Be-martyred

I'm sorry speedwell, but I just don't get when this "modern ...

on: Be-martyred

Being obsolete is actually helpfulin this case, I think. It ...

on: Be-martyred

sorry I miss spelled, I meant "Benighted"....

on: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”

I thought it's worth to add that this "Were" and its conjuga...

on: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”

American Herutage says: "Subjunctive: Of, relating to, or be...

on: English schools

C'mon for the sake of all poor-second-language-learners Spee...

on: English schools

But can one classify the Major methods of teach/learning Eng...

on: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”

No comments on relationship. Though I had the same confusion...

on: 114

Hi speedwell Do you also say "Let me know the 411" in your ...

on: S

I was confused on the S because I see that Iranian and Spani...

on: Stress pattern in the word ‘totalitarian’

How about the word like reconceptualization? Do you consider...

on: 00′s

What are those "few examples" Adam?...

on: More than a pain in the English!

Speedwell Tanx f' da link! How the hell did you find it? I'...

on: Pronounciation of TH+S

Dear Adam The kind of D you are talking about I guess have...

on: Weird name

Dear Adam The kind of D you are talking about I guess have...

on: Posessive aspostrophes

Right you are. You just add an apostrophe to the end of the ...

on: People(s)

It may clarify the question. We never say "People is..." W...