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Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 6, 2014, 5:57pm  •  0 vote

Interesting. Like Jayles I'd have guessed that proverb use has been in a steady, sad decline in the last few decades (extensive use of proverbs reminds me of my grandmother's baking), and I'd have bee

Re: Mileage for kilometers  •  June 8, 2013, 6:19pm  •  1 vote

We use kilometres here in NZ, but people still talk about mileage, just like mara said they do in Canada. "What's the mileage on that car?" "Eighty thousand kays." People also say things like "it

Re: Medicine or Medication?  •  November 1, 2012, 2:32pm  •  0 vote

Yes people now seem to use "medication", "meds" and "medicine" almost interchangeably. "Medication" (or "meds") tends to be a bit of a euphemism: some people don't like to say they take drugs, tablets

Re: How to use floccinaucinihilipilification  •  March 8, 2012, 1:10pm  •  0 vote

I don't think I'd ever use it in conversation, polite or impolite. There was however a game show in the UK called Catchword (early nineties?) where you had to make the longest word you could from a gi

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  May 6, 2011, 10:24pm  •  0 vote

I don't mind the FYI world of electronic communication, but when people say "eff why eye" in conversation and want to touch base with me, that's a whole nother matter.

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  March 4, 2011, 2:34am  •  0 vote

Off-topic: regarding AFL/NRL finals, they could get around all those terminology issues by just awarding the championship to whichever team gets the most points during the season like they do in footb

Re: Over exaggeration  •  November 29, 2010, 2:10am  •  0 vote

I'd say underexaggeration was something along the lines of: "His girlfriend looks about twelve!" when she looks more like eighteen, or: "That painting isn't worth anything" when you could sell it fo

Re: How do I write out .25% ?  •  November 17, 2010, 7:27pm  •  0 vote

I'd say (nought) point two five percent. "Nought" is probably a British thing. Regarding "point twenty-five", I'm not sure it's wrong (as a couple of you have said). I think it's just the American

Re: Does “Who knows” need a question mark?  •  November 15, 2010, 7:59pm  •  4 votes

For me it's pretty clear that "Who knows?" needs a question mark, just as other rhetorical questions like "What's the point?" need one. As for your longer sentence Dyske, I wouldn't read it like a

Re: Computer mouses or computer mice?  •  November 9, 2010, 10:13pm  •  1 vote


Re: Right Question For this Answer (about count/rank/order)  •  November 9, 2010, 9:57pm  •  0 vote

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India. What number is Manmohan Singh?

Re: Stymie and stifle  •  October 18, 2010, 10:42pm  •  0 vote

I'm fairly sure the word "stymie" derives from an obsolete rule in golf: if your ball was on the green and another ball was blocking its path to the hole, that was just tough. You had to go round it,

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  October 17, 2010, 5:43pm  •  0 vote

Caroline - I agree. "Just saying" seems to be the new "no offence", as in "no offence but (insert insult here)".

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 28, 2010, 9:31pm  •  1 vote

Shaun C: I agree with what you say about "game" and similar words. I'd call 'a-e' a digraph just like 'ai'. You wouldn't say "bait" had a silent "i", would you? However I'd say words like "caste" and

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  September 28, 2010, 8:57pm  •  0 vote

For me it's not "ant" or "ont" or "awnt" but "ahnt". I pronounce the "au" the same as I do in "laugh". I come from the UK but have lived in New Zealand for the past 7 years. Everyone here pronounces i

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 24, 2010, 4:28am  •  2 votes

Richie: Yes, silly me, it's just like the J in José - an H-type sound. Regarding "could", did it gain an L by analogy from "would" and "should"? By the way, I'd say the L in "could" is "more silen

Re: Computer Keyboard  •  September 23, 2010, 4:17am  •  0 vote

When I met this symbol in maths it was pronounced "twiddles" and meant "is equivalent to".

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 22, 2010, 6:24am  •  1 vote

With "acquire" I'd say the C was silent, not the Q. I'm struggling with Q, but reminded of the Monty Python bookshop sketch - "four M's and a silent Q". As for silent J, how about "fajitas"? Silent

Re: I wonder why?  •  July 1, 2010, 4:19am  •  1 vote

Hang on, after reading some of those replies, maybe those question marks in my post above are correct after all. They're statements, but they expect an answer from me so they're questions too. Now I'm

Re: I wonder why?  •  July 1, 2010, 4:15am  •  1 vote

I think the issue here is that people see a "question word" and automatically put a question mark at the end. In my last job I'd get emails with "questions" like these: Please tell me which of these

Re: Steak - correct pronunciation  •  July 1, 2010, 3:38am  •  0 vote

I've never heard "steak" pronounced anything other than "stake" (in English-speaking countries). In France I think they pronounce it "steck" and sometimes they spell it "steack".

Re: Word for Showing Off Your MacBook at Cafe — Mac off  •  July 1, 2010, 3:30am  •  0 vote

"Mac off" - now that's funny. How do you add -ing and -ed to those kinds of verbs by the way? "Mac-ing off", "mac'ing off" or "macking off"?

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  July 1, 2010, 3:08am  •  3 votes

Interesting reading. We've been texting seriously for ten years and we still haven't figured it out. "Texted" makes the most sense to me (and that's what I say). Someone mentioned verbs ending in tri