jayles

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“it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

When I was brought up in England we used to say things like ...

Which sound “normal” to you?

A) Must we have fish for dinner again? B) Shall we have t...

“The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

Please look at the following examples: a) The plants died. ...

Five eggs is too many

A: What are you cooking? B: An omelette. A: How many eggs ...

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on: Word in question: Conversate

"And why shouldn't Standard English open up a bit, after all...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@WW It is not uncommon in Eastern Europe for multinationals ...

on: Word in question: Conversate

To be clear, I was simply trying to point out that for many ...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@HS Frankly, a far, far bigger issue is that there are notab...

on: Word in question: Conversate

The mechanism is already there; it's called a spell-checker ...

on: Word in question: Conversate

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/conversate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

@WW "I teach in large and small corporations" - in my day th...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

"leverage" is AmE term for BrE "gearing", although I've not ...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

@Brus I thought in this case your logic was very logical. ...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

Edit: "Ye focht fae Wallace, will ye nae fecht fae freedom?"...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

@Brus. Aye, mon. Dinnae fash yersel aboot OED an' Websters. ...

on: Tell About

"Tell" in the beginning meant to count as in "untold million...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

What is wrong with new words, new expressions? What is wrong...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

@WW re Ngram: I agree KJV is there, so are 'arvo', 'whilom',...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

Re common usage: this applies in particular to the google ng...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

The other thing I am not sure about in speaking of common us...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

Re common usage as a criterion: in teaching English to spe...

on: Plural form of anonymous

"Thus, the heroes of today are no longer individuals living ...

on: Motives vs. Motivation

@WW No, but I've gotten used to AmE spellings since reading ...

on: Motives vs. Motivation

Curiously, according to the Google Ngram Viewer, the usage o...

on: “Anglish”

"During the 17th and 18th centuries, dictionary writers and ...

on: Motives vs. Motivation

@WW You might like to look at the band descriptors for acade...

on: Motives vs. Motivation

@WW "Handful" was somewhat under-stated I grant. I think I'l...

on: Motives vs. Motivation

Ah yes I am thinking it is about time someone was asking tho...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@WW Phrasal verbs is the one area where I think translation ...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@WW Yes language learning in continental Europe is much bett...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@WW The downside to learning Latin is that it is just readin...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

Re gnosis: perhaps I should also have mentioned agnostic,cog...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Brus Quite right, but they were Greek nouns before they cam...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

With some nouns ending in -is, such as crisis, thesis, paren...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@WW Indeed. It's not just Latin - there's the Greek stuff ...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

I cannot underwrite the idea that Latin is worth learning be...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

"Merces/mercedis" is a case in point. In Vulgar latin it cam...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@ Brus the point about the latin is that if those of us with...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Bru Copulis donatis sequitur: 1) merces is fem; plural mer...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Brus cf Matt 5:12 ...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Brus http://www.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=mer...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Brus nil lamentandum sed gaudete et exultate quoniam merce...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

Qualibus regulis? Qualis ludus? Quor sequor? ...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

In some cases there is an alternative to worrying about lati...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

There must surely be more to education than a head stuffed w...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Brus Oddly, English borrows words quite freely but we seem ...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@WW more examples to ponder (from IELTS task 1) "....along ...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

By "a hit single" I meant "a loved woman" "a cooked egg" al...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@WW yes it works better with longer/latinate words. It is i...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@WW yes you've got the issue Apart from a few verb pairs li...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@WW yes the standard view of "reduced relative clauses" is f...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

Ah I do get a few hits on google for "disappeared species" a...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@WW Yes I am with you there. It is tempting to overgenerali...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

I have another example: "She stared at the work piled up on...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

I was abroad not the school...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

@WW you're right - the sixties in London were indeed full o...

on: “Anglish”

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm Somwha...

on: Past tense of “text”

@CB and "started"? "butted"? "farted"? "matted"? "tested"? "...

on: If ... were/was

Mostly covered at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_su...

on: If ... were/was

@Brus Whilst learning Latin may be great fun, surely learnin...

on: If ... were/was

@Brus Wow thanks - and I thought 'rectum' meant 'anus' as in...

on: If ... were/was

Speaking as a leftie, if one wishes to learn a language, the...

on: Past vs. past perfect

@WW "By far the biggest problem, at every level I'd say, is ...

on: Past vs. past perfect

@WW I am not blackening the 123 approach; it is a much-neede...

on: Past vs. past perfect

Once one recognises that the simple 'past' in English includ...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@JJM I do agree that short examples with no context can be v...

on: He and I, me and him

"I am inclined to think that one's education has been in vai...

on: He and I, me and him

@WW RSS works from an XML format; I presume that the PITE fe...

on: He and I, me and him

@ww sometimes the system comes up with "your name is being u...

on: “Anglish”

@gallitrot2 Sometimes the system comes up with a message lik...

on: “Anglish”

Of far more noteworthiness is the on-going latinization of E...

on: He and I, me and him

Hugh Grant? What's wrong with 'im guv? ...

on: Substantial vs. substantive

"Substantive" is a term widely used in auditing and has noth...

on: Comma before “respectively”?

One use of the comma in English is to indicate a slight paus...

on: Five eggs is too many

I stumbled on the following at http://www.writing.utoront...

on: “Anglish”

@AnWulf Ah "bod" - a word from my childhood: not really a wo...

on: “American”

On a slightly different topic, is Mexico in North America or...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@Rosewood11 You might wish to take a look at the "anglish" b...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

Yes, very much an EFL issue, where one may need to explain w...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

@WW Thanks. The tricky thing in English is the way so many i...

on: If ... were/was

"should" here is somewhat academic. There are millions of En...

on: “Anglish”

@Ængelfolc: Thanks. The words you list are fine for true-to-...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@WW What bugs me sometimes is the "open-door" policy of Engl...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@WW Business English student: What means "fellow subsidiary"...

on: Pled versus pleaded

What I meant was to do with the basis of what is okay and go...

on: Pled versus pleaded

The herd is always right....

on: Pled versus pleaded

"It was the Latin lovers ....." like Romeo and Juliet? ...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Let me just add that full-blown "Anglish" is a non-starter f...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@WW "Words that are useful stay, those that aren't, or that ...

on: Pled versus pleaded

And these days are we not all underlings to the spell-checke...

on: Pled versus pleaded

It all boils down to which borrowings are useful and which a...

on: “Anglish”

We need to be more withy in our thinking, to have more withi...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@WW Hungarian,Turkish, Estonian all have little similarity o...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@WW Yes it's mainstream English for students. L1 influence v...

on: Pled versus pleaded

@AnWulf+Warsaw Will Wow it's just great to see you guys kic...

on: “Anglish”

Oops I meant this list: wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_...

on: “Anglish”

https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ List_of_Germanic_and_Latinat...

on: “Anglish”

@AnWulf I thought 'fer' (ferro/ferre) was related to 'bear' ...

on: “Anglish”

@Ængelfolc in the gelt-world 'short-term' is wont to mean le...

on: “Anglish”

BTW inside the software, same-meaning words can be useful. ...

on: “Anglish”

@Ængelfolc: "1) "while that's all right between you and me i...

on: “Anglish”

@AnWulf "For aft-1066 latinates:...." I take on board the br...

on: “Anglish”

@Ængelfolc Good. I was indeed a Kostbuchhalter for several y...

on: “Anglish”

Which brings us to the following: 1) There are words like "...

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