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

Chrischris August 4, 2013, 1:34am

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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."

Chrischris August 4, 2013, 1:33am

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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."

Chrischris August 4, 2013, 1:29am

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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.

Chrischris August 4, 2013, 1:27am

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

Chrischris August 4, 2013, 1:24am

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

Chriss October 2, 2012, 6:27pm

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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 and meaningful effect.

Chriss October 1, 2012, 8:11am

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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 is place after a conjunction, ideally there should be a semicolon before it.

My biggest peeve is when a comma is placed after "therefore", but not before.

Example: "I completed the project before the deadline and therefore, I started working on another one." Uggghhh!

Bubbhaaa August 7, 2012, 1:09am

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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.

Bubbhaaa August 1, 2012, 2:18am

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

bubb April 5, 2012, 11:19pm

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"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.

ChrisuS February 19, 2012, 12:49am

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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 (like "vous" in French).

Eventually, "thou" fell out of fashion as being too familiar and impolite sounding, and was supplanted by the formal "you". "ye" eventually merged into "you", leaving us with today's all-purpose second person pronoun.

The possessives were "your" and "yours".

There are some dialects of English where "you" is pronounced "ye", so in such a case you would find "ye're".

bubbha December 24, 2011, 7:25pm

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