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Re: “further” vs. “farther”  •  August 4, 2013, 1:34am  •  0 vote

Oops... how do you edit a comment? Should be "farther", not "father".

Re: “further” vs. “farther”  •  August 4, 2013, 1:33am  •  0 vote

I learned that "father" is used with physical distances, while "further" is used elsewhere: "He drove even farther into Canada today." "Further research was necessary."

Re: Same difference  •  August 4, 2013, 1:29am  •  0 vote

It's just an expression; nothing to fret about. In fact, it has a bit of a humorous feel because the expression is somewhat absurd under analysis. Like "Same old same old."

Re: When “that” is necessary  •  August 4, 2013, 1:27am  •  0 vote

In this sense (as a "complementizer"), "that" is optional. Using it can make more complex sentences clearer. It can also help make a sentence more formal.

Re: “reach out”  •  August 4, 2013, 1:24am  •  1 vote

The phrase was certainly given impetus by the old AT&T ad campaign: "Reach out and touch someone."

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  October 2, 2012, 6:27pm  •  8 votes

The logic of "You got another thing coming" is clear in its meaning: something else (unexpected or unwanted) is on its way.

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  October 1, 2012, 8:11am  •  3 votes

The phrase "If that’s what you think, you’ve got another think coming" is a play on words that incorporates the older term "You've got another thing coming," changing "thing" to "think" for humorous a

Re: “and” or “but” followed by a comma  •  August 7, 2012, 1:09am  •  1 vote

Yes, it bothers me big time. The logical structure of the sentence has a strong natural break before the conjunction. It's certainly a stronger break than what comes after the conjunction. If a comma

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 1, 2012, 2:18am  •  1 vote

The term "the late" meaning "the recently deceased" can't be given the "-est" ending, so "the latest" can't possibly have any connotation of death.

Re: -age words  •  April 5, 2012, 11:19pm  •  0 vote

One I see on those survival shows is "cordage". And some guys say "babeage" when describing high proportions of available young women.

Re: “Literally” in spoken conversation  •  February 19, 2012, 12:49am  •  3 votes

"literally" means "according to the face value of the words", so if you said you "literally bumped into someone", it would mean you collided with him rather than merely meeting him by chance.

Re: ye, yer, yers  •  December 24, 2011, 7:25pm  •  2 votes

In older English, "ye" was the plural of "thee": it was the plural objective case. As such, you can't say "ye are"; thus no "ye're". "you" was plural of "thou"; it was also the formal singular (li