Warsaw Will

Joined: December 3, 2010

Number of comments posted: 1312

Number of votes received: 654

I'm a TEFL teacher working in Poland. I have a blog - Random Idea English - where I do some grammar stuff for advanced students and have the occasional rant against pedantry.

Questions Submitted

fewer / less

Natural as an adverb

tonne vs ton

Tell About

“reach out”

Recent Comments

Re: Tell About  •  November 21, 2013, 3:55pm  •  0 vote

@providencejim - Ah! The vagaries of Google Books. I've just had a quick check through the links I gave, and I they are all verifiable (showing the actual examples) except for A Giant's Strength. I th

Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  November 20, 2013, 5:18pm  •  2 votes

@HS - and thank God we don't have such an equivalent, and that every time the idea has been suggested, from John Dryden onwards, wiser heads have prevailed. Language is an organic beast, not somet

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  November 20, 2013, 5:01pm  •  0 vote

@alexandre - I think we all knew that 'if I were you' was an incomplete sentence, hence the three ellipsis dots in the original question. And as for your second point, the one you want us to THINK

Re: Tell About  •  November 20, 2013, 4:45pm  •  0 vote

Hi providencejim - in the post on my blog (link above) I list the instances of tell about in Sinclair's books, but I'll put them here as well - 68 in all. On my blog there are links to the examples in

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 19, 2013, 8:20am  •  0 vote

@jayles -Yup. First class this morning was 7.00, so the alarm went at 5.30 (other days are all 7.30 starts). The snow hasn't arrived yet, but it can't be long now. Amongst other places, I teach in one

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 18, 2013, 1:43pm  •  1 vote

@jayles and HS - the noun in its figurative sense goes back to 1858 (Online Etymology), and is not, as far as I know an Americanism. As a verb, I repeat, it has two meanings, both of which I agree hav

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 17, 2013, 5:42am  •  0 vote

@Brus - we may have a somewhat arbitrary spelling system, but at least we largely agree how to spell each individual word. That wasn't the case in the past. Virtually all dictionaries are descripti

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 16, 2013, 3:16am  •  0 vote

At the cutting edge of spelling - that's a new one on me. Before Johnson, everybody did as Brus suggests, and we had spelling chaos. Dictionaries are surely there to be used. I've better things to do

Re: Plural last name ending in “z”  •  November 15, 2013, 4:47pm  •  0 vote

@Larkin - I second Hairy Scot - I don't see any reason why surnames should be any different from other nouns - brooch / brooches, church / churches, Goodrich / Goodriches - as in this book - The Goodr

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  November 15, 2013, 3:15pm  •  0 vote

@WW - dour is also known in England, but usually pronounced differently; wee is no doubt pretty universal. It seems the latest Scottish word to catch on in England is 'minging', (red-lined) which in S

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 15, 2013, 2:46pm  •  0 vote

AnWulf - I grant you that most British dictionaries list it as babysit, but Collins lists it as baby-sit, and American Heritage, Random House and Etymology Online list it with both spellings. I admitt

Re: Plural s-ending Possessives  •  November 12, 2013, 4:51pm  •  0 vote

For a simple plural, definitely no apostrophe; I would go for the Hesses, as in grass / grasses, 'es' being the regular plural after a double s. Then if you wanted to talk about something the family o

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 10, 2013, 6:32am  •  0 vote

re: feedback as a noun. I've just noted that Michael Quinion, respected etymologist and contributor to the OED, and author of the excellent website World Wide Words, is quite happy to head the first s

Re: Tell About  •  November 10, 2013, 5:28am  •  0 vote

Going by Ngram, it certainly seems to occur more in American writing than in British writing, but there's a huge spike in the forties. Considering its use seems to be so marginal, I'm wondering if thi

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 9, 2013, 7:24am  •  0 vote

@Brus - I agree with you about the hyphenated phrasal verbs, but I would certainly hyphenate 're-enter' due to (!!!) the double 'e', as indeed does my dictionary. aerothermal - interestingly, OneLo

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 9, 2013, 6:08am  •  0 vote

A few (rather long) thoughts about business jargon, business buzzwords and management speak. All areas of life employ jargon to a certain extent: we might talk of *posting* comments to this *forum*, f

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 6, 2013, 4:39pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - The problem with commissioning purposes - ‘it lacks the word which says what the commissioning is of’ - I think that what is being commissioned is pretty obvious to anyone who has followed dev

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 6, 2013, 3:13pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - a few typos in the last paragraph: 'Google it' But Etymology Online lists it as being ... I just can't resist ...

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 6, 2013, 3:10pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - in terms of common usage, linguists would normally base it on corpora, where books would only appear once. There are certainly a few books in the British National Corpus, but I think they on

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 6, 2013, 2:31pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - re: assertionism - sorry, that's a neologism, possibly coined by the blogger Eugene Volokh, and 'bandied about' somewhat on linquistics forums. I'd forgotten it wasn't common currency. St

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 4, 2013, 4:34pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - The BBC commissions programmes from independent producers. It presumably has processes for doing this. What on earth is wrong with calling them commissioning processes?

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 4, 2013, 1:59pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - I concede your first point - actually I had already conceded it at the end of my last post; I accept that it was a bad comparison to make between a compound verb and a phrasal verb. All I was

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 3, 2013, 2:39pm  •  1 vote

@Brus 1) horrible is totally subjective, and has nothing to do with whether something is correct or not. I hear 'feedback' nearly every day in business contexts and it doesn't bother me in the sli

Re: “feedback” and “check in”  •  November 3, 2013, 6:42am  •  1 vote

1. Capitals - I think this is OK as the whole page takes its title from and is about a named unit - the Senior Management Team - at a named institution - Fettes College. These and only these nouns a

Re: Plural form of anonymous  •  November 2, 2013, 2:16pm  •  1 vote

I pefer, you pefer, he pefers

Re: Plural form of anonymous  •  November 2, 2013, 2:16pm  •  1 vote

I pefer the slightly different - "Thus, the heroes of today are no longer living individuals but the anonymous dead."

Re: Do’s and Don’t's  •  November 2, 2013, 6:50am  •  0 vote

@Darren Lee - on second thoughts, perhaps not so whacky, as the two probably are usually the same (but I've never heard any rule about this), but it doesn't work when it comes to do and have: we talk

Re: Plural of name ending in Y  •  November 2, 2013, 6:33am  •  0 vote

@Hekter Hairfoot McGlammery - I don't doubt you, but I thought we were more interested in spelling here than in genealogy. Incidentally, you got your James numbers reversed.

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  November 1, 2013, 9:28pm  •  0 vote

@WordMasterRick - Merriam-Webster gives both pronunciations of (n)either for American English \ˈnē-thər also ˈnī-\ - In British English we have a choice and I'm pretty sure I say \'naɪðə(r)\ ("I") o

Re: Do’s and Don’t's  •  November 1, 2013, 9:12pm  •  0 vote

@Darren Lee - I use an apostrophe in do's myself, but that's a pretty whacky piece of deduction of yours. In all the stuff I've read about do's and don'ts, I wonder why nobody has come up with that on

Re: Plural of name ending in Y  •  November 1, 2013, 8:20pm  •  0 vote

@Hekter Hairfoot McGlammery - the Seton bit may be true, but you have to go way back to the sixth earl (1588–1661) to find the Seton who changed his name to Montgomerie, part of the conditions of the

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 31, 2013, 3:39pm  •  1 vote

Fair enough, mate. (Actually, I never say mate; it's not in my ideolect, as the linguists would say), but quite a few of my colleagues do.

Re: Plural form of anonymous  •  October 30, 2013, 2:51pm  •  0 vote

In 'Alcoholics Anonymous' it's still an adjective - meaning 'Anonymous alcoholics' - so that's a bit of a red herring. But I have to wonder when you would ever need a plural and if you did it would be

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 30, 2013, 2:16pm  •  0 vote

@Jasper - there's no reason why different word classes can't affect (or have an effect on) each other, just think how 'prioritise' has replaced 'give priority to', and 'incentivise' is replacing 'giv

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 29, 2013, 3:52pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - another way is to google, for example "words ending ment". The first entry will probably be MoreWords, which gives words for Scrabble etc. It will give you a list of the most common, with th

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 29, 2013, 3:37pm  •  0 vote

To return to topic, my motivation behind that rather long comment is a general interest in English and in looking things up; my motive was to try and answer jayles's question.

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 29, 2013, 3:29pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I'm still not sure whether you're talking with your teacher's hat on, or talking about English in general. If we're talking in general, I'm all for hearing more dialect and other Englishes i

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 28, 2013, 1:51pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I'm a little confused. Who relies on what handful of Brits? I think we should be told! And what is this "proper" grammar and pronunciation you seem to despise?

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 27, 2013, 3:40pm  •  0 vote

@Rahul kumar Gupta - Hi. I have a question, and this is purely an observation. In British and American English, we don't usually use 'according to' in the first person, only in third person. But as we

Re: According to ME, you, him....  •  October 27, 2013, 3:24pm  •  1 vote

I've just discovered that "according to me" seems pretty well standard in Indian English, as a site search of Indian newspapers shows. Here are some examples: "According to me, badminton is the No.

Re: silent autumn  •  October 27, 2013, 1:53pm  •  0 vote

@Virginia - I don't know about passive-aggressive, but I was certainly intending to be mildly ironic. I wouldn't have mentioned it all had I not found your own Monty Python quip somewhat 'dismissive'

Re: silent autumn  •  October 27, 2013, 7:23am  •  0 vote

Ignoring Virginia's witty, perceptive and constructive contribution, it's obviously concerned with ease of pronunciation, as others have said. In Latin it was autumnus, which is easy to pronounce b

Re: According to ME, you, him....  •  October 27, 2013, 6:26am  •  1 vote

As Speedwell2 rightly puts it, "according to" is usually used to introduce the opinion of a third person, and as others have said, possibly to add authority (or perhaps distance) to a statement, so is

Re: O’clock  •  October 27, 2013, 5:50am  •  0 vote

@Chris B - interesting. New Zealand seems to have quite a few little idiosyncrasies, some of which Hairy Scot has pointed out. Radio announcers also have their language, things like 'on the hour' , 't

Re: Tell About  •  October 26, 2013, 8:25am  •  0 vote

I've done a little research and posted it on my blog: http://random-idea-english.blogspot.com/2013/10/some-random-thoughts-on-tell-about.html

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  October 26, 2013, 4:32am  •  0 vote

And there is also Standard Scottish English (SSE), a variant of Standard British English, which is to say "the characteristic speech of the professional class [in Scotland] and the accepted norm in sc

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  October 26, 2013, 3:22am  •  1 vote

@Poppa Bear - OK, if you try with "bail was enlarged" you get slightly more (and more modern) results - 27. Eleven of these are from Australia and New Zealand, where the term seems seems rather more c

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  October 25, 2013, 3:00pm  •  1 vote

I can't count - eight hits

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  October 25, 2013, 3:00pm  •  1 vote

@Poppa Bear - "the bail was enlarged" gets precisely seven hits on Google. Six are from Australia and New Zealand, all of which are from the nineteenth century, one is from The Court Gazette, London o

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  October 25, 2013, 2:44pm  •  0 vote

@Fitty Stim - sorry, but Standard English is an absolutely basic concept in linguistics. It's the language that's used in education, the media and publishing, and in my field, language teaching. Much

Re: Misuse of “lay”  •  October 25, 2013, 1:55pm  •  0 vote

@Riley Cox - I presume you are talking about grammatical objects, not objects as things, as you can lay a person down as well: When I lay me down to sleep - Joseph Addison, The Spectator 1711 Now

Re: Shall have done?  •  October 24, 2013, 3:47pm  •  0 vote

The original questioner's assumption is correct: in normal conversation 'shall' is only used in First person singular and plural, mainly in offers and suggestions and their related question tags - 'I'

Re: “enamored with” and “enamored by”  •  October 24, 2013, 3:02pm  •  0 vote

I think we need auto-linking for https addresses!

Re: “enamored with” and “enamored by”  •  October 24, 2013, 3:01pm  •  1 vote

At the British National Corpus: enamoured of 50 enamoured with 10 enamoured by 4 http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/ At Netspeak (web based - so international) enamoured of 61% enamoured with 22

Re: Shall have done?  •  October 24, 2013, 2:43pm  •  0 vote

@Teacher Habib - In Third person singular, 'has' is used when the verb 'have' is the main verb - 'He has a large house', or is the auxiliary in Present perfect - 'He has already spoken to the boss' o

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 23, 2013, 4:32am  •  0 vote

@jayles - re your third paragraph - absolutely. The first thing I found here was that it wasn't the long words (i..e Latinates) they found difficult, but the short ones, and especially phrasal verbs.

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  October 22, 2013, 1:55pm  •  0 vote

@T_reason - if there was (were for subjunctive freaks) no such word as legos, this discussion wouldn't be taking place. The fact that a lot of people use it, including people like the LA Times and NPR

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 22, 2013, 1:45pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I think you're making false comparisons. Obviously people who learn Latin and Greek aren't studying it as a means of social communication; they have other reasons for doing so. Nobody that I

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 20, 2013, 8:40am  •  0 vote

@jayles - for someone who thinks learning Latin and Greek is a waste of time, you seem to know an awful lot about them (and be rather interested in them). Are they, then, also a waste of your time?

Re: misnomer  •  October 20, 2013, 8:36am  •  0 vote

@Aurie - And indeed the French were somewhat nonplussed at all the fuss over French Fries / Liberty Fries after their 2003 veto, as they also considered 'frites' to be a Belgian concoction. In the las

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 19, 2013, 11:31am  •  0 vote

@Brus - To be honest I'm not sure I'd even made the connection between opus and opera, or if I had, I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for that, and for the rest. And to add to the list, we have of course

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  October 19, 2013, 11:23am  •  0 vote

More on that particular topic here, with particular reference to Inspector Rebus: http://dialectblog.com/2012/11/18/americanized-non-american-novels/

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 19, 2013, 5:39am  •  0 vote

A question for Brus. When discussing language nowadays the Latin word 'corpus' is used a lot; for example most dictionaries are now corpus based. The plural of 'corpus', it seems, is 'corpora'. Are th

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  October 19, 2013, 5:23am  •  2 votes

@steve3 - to which I could reply - backwards full stop. But it doesn't get the discussion very far, does it? @MsPedant - 'he tumbled backward(s)' - I suppose it depends on whether you have more Bri

Re: Complete Sentence  •  October 18, 2013, 5:07am  •  0 vote

A year later, looking at it again, I would have to agree with porsche as to what 'their' refers to - i.e. The Oslo Accords. However, I prefer to deal with complete subjects which make sense, so I'll s

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 18, 2013, 4:57am  •  0 vote

@jayles - are you perhaps thinking of the story where the young Churchill has just been introduced to noun cases, and asks when he should use the vocative and say (the Latin for) 'O, Table', and the L

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 17, 2013, 4:19pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - I realised later that that was probably what you meant, but as you appear on feed readers as 'retired teacher', I had assumed you were much the same generation as me and that you would be fami

Re: in that regard  •  October 17, 2013, 4:00pm  •  0 vote

@HS - it may well make you cringe, but the idiom 'as regards' in your example is certainly not a misuse, although the bare 'regards' is. Rather, 'as regards' is seen as being quite formal: 'as rega

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  October 17, 2013, 3:20pm  •  0 vote

@Linda - I totally agree with you that 'she' sounds off in that context, and I would say 'her' myself, as I'm sure most people would. But I've no doubt there is the odd pedant who will tell you it is

Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 17, 2013, 3:10pm  •  1 vote

@Markustenhaafus - You could be right, but in the indicative past perfect (or pluperfect) is usually used in conjunction with past simple or past continuous, as it signifies a 'further past'. I agree

Re: As it were  •  October 16, 2013, 1:06pm  •  0 vote

Agreed it's not a present counterfactual, but it's often listed as a subjunctive fixed expression, along with things like: be that as it may, come what may etc http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/defi

Re: in that regard  •  October 16, 2013, 12:53pm  •  0 vote

@HS - I think I probably agree with you, and the reason's not too hard to find: it's far more common, especially in British English, so no doubt sounds more familiar: British National Corpus - that

Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 16, 2013, 12:27pm  •  4 votes

I agree with Markustenhaafus that the simile refers to general time and doesn't need to agree with the tenses in the main clause, but in that case why use past perfect rather than present perfect in t

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 16, 2013, 12:17pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - 'You can tell from his number XII that he probably wasn't Roman, so that may explain it' - I think I'm missing something here - why does the number 12 tell you he wasn't Roman? However your

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 15, 2013, 1:58pm  •  0 vote

@Brus and Skeeter Lewis - the learned Will did indeed slip up there, and will willingly admit that classics is not his strong point. Brus, I think SK means me, not that playwright chappie. @Brus -

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  October 14, 2013, 12:42pm  •  0 vote

@Nancy N - as far as I remember, the first recorded example of the thing version is from only about ten or twenty years after the 'think' version, so that's quite possible. The 'think' version goes ba

Re: in that regard  •  October 14, 2013, 12:09pm  •  0 vote

@HS - agreed, but it's marked in Oxford Dictionaries Online as "chiefly archaic or Scottish" - I thought you'd prefer to be thought Scottish rather than archaic.:)

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 14, 2013, 7:30am  •  0 vote

And speaking of Latin pronunciation, did Julius Caesar say 'veni, vidi, vici' with a V, or were Sellar and Yeatman (1066 and All That) nearer the mark with their “Weeny, Weedy and Weaky'?

Re: in that regard  •  October 14, 2013, 7:01am  •  0 vote

@HS - "Wow! I certainly got your attention." - because it was an interesting question and you pointed out something that was new to me - the "in that respect / regard" question. I'd known about the pr

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 14, 2013, 6:37am  •  0 vote

@HS - sorry, but who on earth pronounces alias with an 'ah', unless as jayles says, they want to sound like a prat? There's nothing wrong with anglicising Latin words, just as we do with words from ot

Re: in that regard  •  October 13, 2013, 3:00pm  •  1 vote

I think there are two separate points here. Firstly, there’s the use of 'respect' instead of 'regard' in the expression “in this/that respect/regard”. In his (unintentionally) rather amusing 1908 boo

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 12, 2013, 7:46pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - off to bed now so will get back to you later, but of your first group, at first glance I'd say: plummeted - definitely no decreased - yes dropped - definitely no fallen - probably no (

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 12, 2013, 4:05am  •  0 vote

@jayles - I got interested in "(the) injured men" vs "(the) hurt men". Semantically they can be much the same, but the latter seems to me unnatural, and I don't think that paper explains this. I fir

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 12, 2013, 2:32am  •  0 vote

@jayles - it seems that all this stuff about qualia and GL is from theories that Pustejovsky himself has put forward. This might help a bit, but only a bit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generative_le

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 11, 2013, 4:28pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - they come up, but only just - these are real figures, not Google's first page joke ones: 'a told joke' - 59 - maybe 20 at Google Books, nearly all with 'told' in inverted commas 'a sent

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 11, 2013, 11:12am  •  0 vote

@jayles - Unit 82 - I would say sometimes rather than usually: A bit man, a hit dog, a loved woman, a told joke, a made mistake, a sent letter, some done homework? We can probably rule out one syll

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 10, 2013, 3:22pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - OK, I think I see what you're getting at: The players who have been selected will start training today - full sentence (passive) The players selected will start training today - reduced

Re: Misuse of “lay”  •  October 9, 2013, 6:54pm  •  0 vote

@ providencejim - totally agree with you about the sound of the words 'Lay Lady Lay'; 'Lie Lady Lie' just doesn't cut it. And as for the first part of your comment, I of course teach my students the s

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 9, 2013, 6:49pm  •  0 vote

Did I say 'passive mood'? Tush, tush! What I meant, of course, was 'passive voice'.

Re: “We will have ... tomorrow” or “We have ... tomorrow”  •  October 9, 2013, 2:24pm  •  0 vote

@HJMCS - I'm afraid that's not good enough. With a moniker like that, we expect some highfalutin reasoning. (I think something's dangling there, but I really don't care)

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 9, 2013, 2:18pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I'm not really saying that a past participle used as an adjective has a passive meaning, as I prefer to reserve the word passive for the 'passive mood' or similar verb constructions, such as

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 8, 2013, 1:31pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I would say all three are valid sentences, but not all necessarily valid extrapolations from your original sentence. I agree with you that B is an adjective and not a passive. And you're

Re: Five eggs is too many  •  October 8, 2013, 11:44am  •  0 vote

@Thredder - Mais ca, c'est pas logique! Pour une personne on a besoin d'au moins deux oeufs, n'est-ce pas? Sorry, but I don't follow your logic. Or am I missing something?

Re: Five eggs is too many  •  October 7, 2013, 4:27am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot - I thought you'd gone AWOL! Care to explain (in a language context)?

Re: Idea Vs. Ideal  •  October 6, 2013, 6:38pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - ROFLMAO = Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off - not so much hare-speak as web-speak. No, I didn't know either, but I do have Google. I think we can imagine what the extra S and F might be

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 6, 2013, 12:18pm  •  2 votes

@jayles - I'm certainly not defending business speak. As for PC language, my dictionary defines 'politically correct' as - 'used to describe language or behaviour that deliberately tries to avoid offe

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 5, 2013, 7:55pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - I'm not calling you a snob, but I don't think you realise how these expressions used to be used by the many people who took the the whole thing quite seriously, even while joking about it.

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 5, 2013, 7:01pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - I was brought up on all this U and Non-U stuff and it's just pure snobbery. And sorry, but the very act of calling somebody non-U is also one of snobbery. I know, because I used to think that

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 5, 2013, 7:17am  •  0 vote

@Brus - We've already talked about Nancy Mitford and the whole idea of 'U and Non-U' on another thread, but I'm not sure what calling a serviette a napkin, or the toilet the lavatory (or the loo, or p

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 4, 2013, 7:00pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - Actually, I wrote a blog post about this a couple of years ago, where I warn foreign learners about possible reactions to using business buzzwords, although in a fairly light-hearted way. - ht

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