speedwell2

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Number of votes received: 508

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Taking the Name, in vain or in earnest

Thought of one. I’m aware that there is an area of controve...

Recent Comments

on: S

Goossun, Qov's list is correct for standard American and Bri...

on: Films

It's also correct in American English to spell it "orangutan...

on: Jigsaw evidence

Frankly, Olga, I'm not surprised that you're confused. The ...

on: Jigsaw evidence

That is extremely strange. The writer evidently meant to ...

on: State of the Art

From www.wordorigins.org : "This term arose in engineerin...

on: Conceptual Art

The Free Online Dictionary, at www.thefreedictionary.com, ha...

on: Zorbing? What’s that?

A speck more reasearch would have revealed the official Zorb...

on: fill in the blanks!

Debbie, this site describes all of the applicable laws and f...

on: Murphy’s Law

There's a list? Awesome. I bet it's in the book... I ne...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

What, is Texas not in America, now? "Public servant" may ...

on: One Love

Well, I originally intended to be ironic (that's what the sm...

on: BCC

This post has some good thoughts: http://www.painintheenglis...

on: Ya’ese

No, Jay. "Menopause" and "geripause" (I've never heard the ...

on: Why so few diacritics in English?

It's used to represent the sound that "sh" represents in Eng...

on: Why so few diacritics in English?

Joachim, could the ess-tzed be part of the explanation for w...

on: Newfoundland Expression

Oh, that's terrific! (thinks about going home and making som...

on: According to ME, you, him....

Oh, it's possible to have that construction in English--ther...

on: BCC

Oh, it's a secretary question. Yippee :) You would send "...

on: Bios

P.S. The proper Latin for "Speedwell" is "Veronica spp."...

on: Bios

I got the impression that the writer was trying to use it in...

on: Hairy

While I can easily understand the term as a reference to (se...

on: Ya’ese

My mom referred to menopause itself as "the change of life."...

on: One Love

It's anti-atheist hate propaganda. ;)...

on: Footnote references and punctuations

Circumflex macron? ^¯...

on: Newfoundland Expression

Incidentally, I always thought "pease pudding" was thick, co...

on: Bios

I'll save you! :D It's the Greek word for "life." You ca...

on: Newfoundland Expression

Found this mention online: "Jiggs was a comic strip chara...

on: “Tilting at Windmills”

Actually, goossun, I do agree. I think he was doing it to d...

on: Broad

It's the breadth of the woman as seen from behind. I'm sure...

on: Usage of “come”

"Fixin' to" is one of my favorite expressions. Billy Bard d...

on: “Tilting at Windmills”

Well, Satan is something akin to a deity, too, but I'm just ...

on: Afraid not

I suppose I could try answering your question. :) "I'm af...

on: Afraid not

I always understood "I'm afraid not" to mean something like,...

on: rubber meets the road?

Don't mean to help hijack the thread, but I always understoo...

on: See you laters???

Sully, I think you just gave me my new sig line! :) (Thanks...

on: Looking for a word

I think the word wanted is "schlemiel."...

on: Murphy’s Law

Oh, there WAS a Murphy! The version of the Law I gave below...

on: Irregardless?

It's just irregular, MM. One of those head-scratching idios...

on: Murphy’s Law

Murphy's Law is literally, "If anything can go wrong, it wil...

on: “Tilting at Windmills”

Some uses, via Google: "The United States can ill-afford...

on: “Tilting at Windmills”

It's from the book "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, summarized, r...

on: Water

Sue you? For what? How much money do you have? ;) To clar...

on: Color of People

Terry, in the US the phrase is reserved for the racially dis...

on: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash

Um, "anonymous" was me, below there....

on: Water

Somewhat relevant.... Don't be surprised if you are in Te...

on: Water

I have an idea why some (clueless) Americans would object to...

on: tuitions in graffiti

Fun and relevant: http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-...

on: Double header

Yes! It's two baseball games in a row. The endurance of t...

on: tuitions in graffiti

Instead of "kevrob" might I suggest "goody two-shoes?"...

on: Gerund and Present Participle

Further discussion of the difference between gerund and part...

on: Something X Anything

Oh, there's nothing at all ungrammatical about your use of "...

on: Film titles

Dave, read this (though it is somewhat unlikely to make you ...

on: Usage of “come”

That is, "...you'll have them ready when the next [cooling] ...

on: Usage of “come”

Cole, I think this usage is related to the specific meaning ...

on: I don’t think...

"Excuse" has only one U, dear....

on: Commas and Quotation Marks

Yes, yes, I know there are exceptions. This might be one, b...

on: Use of Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, etc.

"Language existed for many hundreds of years before people s...

on: V-cards

Cool. I did not know that. Well, OK, then the word must ...

on: I don’t think...

Newcomers should realize that this is a question about perso...

on: Why so few diacritics in English?

Clarissa, that works for me! Thanks!...

on: Plural of word “rum”

You use "hairs" in sentences like, "The fairy godmother told...

on: Commas and Quotation Marks

"Test.prg," "Test2.prg," and "Test3.prg." is correct sta...

on: Why so few diacritics in English?

Wow, Berger, terrific post. Tell your Welsh friend that i...

on: I don’t think...

(shrug) Whatever it is you're talking about (and frankly I'm...

on: See you laters???

Yeah, I've heard it... it is not standard. You would only u...

on: Why so few diacritics in English?

Preliminary research suggests that English does not use diac...

on: I don’t think...

Ladylucy, a question in the form "I don't think (something)"...

on: Why so few diacritics in English?

English doesn't use ANY diacritics. Any that you may see ar...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

Eduardo, I'm ashamed to admit that it probably sounds fast t...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

"Aliens." LOL I don't think anyone I know uses that word ...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

Eduardo, you might try "Portuguese as a Second Language," if...

on: Quotation Marks in Parenthetical Statement

Johanna, just so. Thanks. Houston is in Texas, and Texas i...

on: Is it sunday or sunduh?

Perenna, you really cannot do better than this: http://www.o...

on: Lux’ or Lux’s

Generally, yes, but here the confusion arose between the wri...

on: @ mark

The news that Japanese is a different languiage from English...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

Perenna, you're from Great Britain? (I don't think governme...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

OK, here's another thought. I sense you may be looking for ...

on: The Term “Foreigner”

Stuart, please go out of your way to avoid using the word. ...

on: Different than

Mike wrote: "X differs from Y" "X is different than Y" ...

on: Right Question For this Answer (about count/rank/order)

Forgive me for being didactic about a word that does not eve...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Since English does not use accent marks, I do not use accent...

on: Go + noun? Idiom or bad grammar?

Heh. I couldn't see anything wrong with it, so I thought I'...

on: Different than

Bad edit, sorry... the example sentence above should read "....

on: Different than

Personally, I hate "different than" and go out of my way to ...

on: Fifty G’s if you get this one

Nate, that's cool. I've never heard it. A Google search on...

on: Screw The Pooch

Yeah, Jimmy, that's what I was avoiding... :)...

on: Two Weeks Notice

No, Jappy, Merge is only partially correct, because their so...

on: Fifty G’s if you get this one

Second question first. Did you know that the term "buck" ...

on: Realize or realise?

Well, now, that's true. I've never been to England, though....

on: Realize or realise?

What an interesting observation. I've always thought that t...

on: F word

Elizabeth, that's a lovely and sane sentiment, but you're ne...

on: V-cards

I think you're right and the word must have been "raise." A ...

on: Couldn’t Care Less

Actually double negatives have nothing at all to do with it....

on: @ mark

Oh, well, if you want to take MICROSOFT'S word for everythin...

on: silent autumn

It's "ha'penny." And lots of people I know from the Illinois...

on: couple vs couple of

Dominic, your instincts are correct. "A couple of X" is sim...

on: silent autumn

Wow, look what I just found. Not only did the word lose a f...

on: silent autumn

Working on it. In the meantime enjoy this representative li...

on: @ mark

What I'm about to say is just philosophical play, not offici...

on: begin from page 10

"Let's begin with page 10"? Let's begin doing what with p...

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