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on: “my bad”

Of course "bad" is a noun: 1993 Dog World Nov. 28/1 It ...

on: intend on doing?

Actually, MWDEU doesn't say it's common, it says "sometimes"...

on: intend on doing?

It's common in speech and speechlike writing, according to M...

on: “He gave it to Michelle and I”

Now Margaret's curse is fall'n upon our heads, When she exc...

on: “Anglish”

Yes, if you're going to discuss etymology, then yes, knowing...

on: He was sat

Brus, however past participles might behave in Latin is irre...

on: “Anglish”

“Yu can't say that belcose is beclysan, influence'd by Frenc...

on: “Anglish”

Yes, the Norman influence respelled a lot of words. "gilt" b...

on: “Anglish”

AnWulf, The Wiktionary entry gives no references for its et...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

Thanks, porsche, you said it better than I could. I'll add t...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

“No, the company know how their company name and product sho...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

"What you're essentially saying it, just because Americans u...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

Frank35, when it comes to language, we determine what is "ri...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Understanding other Indo-European languages give us an idea ...

on: “Anglish”

I've read Lieberman's Word Origins And How We Know Them, and...

on: “Anglish”

"English is still a Germanic tongue, but many of it's upper-...

on: “Anglish”

The idea that a word has a "true root" seems silly to me. "f...

on: “Anglish”

"My whole thought above was about Academia not acknowledging...

on: “Anglish”

Ængelfolc posted this a while ago: * allegiance (from O.E...

on: “Anglish”

I'm pretty sure it's the etymology. Clark is saying the etym...

on: “Anglish”

"Further, The Clark Concise A-S Dict. has: -clýsan v. be-c. ...

on: “Anglish”

"Most of it is likely right but it would be nuts to say that...

on: “Anglish”

If you believe that "close" is the result of a respelling by...

on: “Anglish”

No, I'm wrong. Many spelling conventions were introduced by ...

on: “Anglish”

"We all know that Old English into Middle English was, after...

on: “Anglish”

Gallitrot: AnWulf thinks the change from "clȳsan" to "close...

on: “Anglish”

It's certainly fine to speculate when the etymology is unkno...

on: “Anglish”

No, I am not agreeing with AnWulf. There are well-understood...

on: “Anglish”

The point is that it's not complete chaos where any guess is...

on: “Anglish”

It's possible there is "custy" from OE cystig. There certain...

on: “Anglish”

weorcwryðe = work worthy ...bryce = breach unhydig = un+he...

on: “Anglish”

No, I'm not kidding. I'm talking about historical linguistic...

on: “Anglish”

AnWulf, This isn't just about spelling, it's about spelling ...

on: “Anglish”

AnWulf, that etymology of "close" is not wrong. Here is what...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Hairy Scot, DA Wood said that English does not exist in a va...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

I have studied linguistics. Not once have I read of linguist...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

The idea that we should consider how things work in other la...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

DA Wood, both "everybody" and "everyone" are syntactically s...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

The idea that singular "they" is incorrect is based on the m...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

English grammar was not taught until the 1800s, I think. So ...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

There is a "long-standing custom" to use "they" as a common-...

on: “Anglish”

AnWulf: according to the OED, clýsan is a borrowing from Lat...

on: repetitive vs. repetitious

I think they mean the same thing. The OED says of "repetitiv...

on: From which part of England do people pronounce the vowel “u” in a similar way to the French “u”?

People in Yorkshire pronounce the vowel of "luck" with /ʊ/, ...

on: “Much More Ready”

I can't let the claim that language is not always changing p...

on: “Much More Ready”

Math and physics are irrelevant *to grammar.* Language is no...

on: “Much More Ready”

I'm not in high school. I'd like to see a usage book aimed a...

on: “Much More Ready”

I'm not familiar with any English usage books that prescribe...

on: Pronouncing “gala”

I don't think one can argue that a word should be pronounced...

on: From which part of England do people pronounce the vowel “u” in a similar way to the French “u”?

Scottish English has a central vowel /ʉ/ for the GOOSE and F...

on: “Much More Ready”

Logic is really irrelevant, since language does not behave l...

on: “Much More Ready”

I don't see the problem with this quote, since it is not tal...

on: “Much More Ready”

Accidence: chance, unforeseen or unexpected eventuality, mis...

on: “Much More Ready”

1910 Times 13 Apr. 14/3 While they did not find that tee...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

D.A. Wood, I agree with you, but it's not really relevant to...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

That's why you can't judge one Webster's publication on the ...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

D.A. Wood: Merriam-Webster is a company, and they publish Me...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

Does the etymology really matter?? Tsk tsk......

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

OK, I see. But "tip" isn't the backronym, "to insure promptn...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

My point is don't blame every variant spelling or Americanis...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

But that doesn't mean "skeptic" was a spelling reform propos...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

I don't know why "scepticism" is flagged but I don't think i...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Remember that MWDEU is not the same publication as Webster's...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

If you have other references, link to them. Merriam-Webster'...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

No, it's not a backronym either. The OED says its from thiev...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

No, it's not a backronym either. The OED says its from thiev...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

The use of "they" originally had nothing to do with politica...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"A Student's Introduction to English Grammar" by Huddleston ...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

"tip" is not an acronym. ...

on: -age words

How far will this practice be taken? It's already been taken...

on: Nother

Anwulf: the "nother" from OE "nōhwæðer" isn't the same word ...

on: Nother

I have never seen any evidence that English or any language ...

on: Nother

Hairy Scot: It seems that if some changes are detrimental, s...

on: tailorable

It's in the OED: "Suitable for tailoring; able to be altered...

on: Nother

If it's good enough for Luke Skywalker......

on: He was sat

Standard English: what it isn't http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/...

on: He was sat

Students don't pick up their teacher's accent. It's possible...

on: He was sat

Complaints about "improper" English seem to ignore register....

on: He was sat

Hold on... I didn't say "encourage". I simply hold the appar...

on: He was sat

If it is a common part of British English, then I don't see ...

on: “Literally” in spoken conversation

Have a look at the MWDEU entry, it says it much better than ...

on: He was sat

It's a common British regionalism....

on: Interchangeability of possessive “s” and “of”

Actually I meant to write "Caesar's murder"...

on: Interchangeability of possessive “s” and “of”

Apostrophe-s is used for things other than possession. Ca...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

porsche, I agree that "writing books" functions as a noun. B...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

According to The American Heritage Book of English Usage, it...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I am not the same Goofy as the Goofy who posted those two li...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Perfect Pedant: Which evidence are you referring to? The ev...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

willy wonka: I don't think you'll find any English usage boo...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

The MWDEU discusses the subjunctive in detail in the entry I...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I'm wrong; MWDEU does say something about it, although it's ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Well to be honest I'm not convinced that the difference is o...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

As I've already said, "informal" does not mean "incorrect"....

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I am interested in correct usage, but I find it more useful ...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

David Teague: The verb "gift" is not a backformation from "g...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

MWDEU is a dictionary of standard English, from both NA and ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Perfect Pendant "Unfortunately Merriam-Webster tends to ref...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

No, I was sincerely interested in what how you interpret the...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Perfect Pedant It seems to me that "if I was" can only lead...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

If I was the Prime Minister, I would change the law. If I w...

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