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Discussion Topic  RE: "gallows": why the plural? (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
We think of the archetypal gallows as that single-posted thing constructed as you get letters wrong;......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Bookworm (in Potpourri) by aput
I would agree with neveu: a theory in science is a consistent set of principles that generates expla......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Crotchety (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
'Crook' is just slang in Australia, or perhaps colloquial: like much of their slang it's in common u......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Have a Nice Day! (in Potpourri) by aput
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Discussion Topic  RE: Crotchety (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
> the sense of being hooked or bent or obvious. What a strange sentence. The sense of being hook......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Crotchety (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
The related group is from a root ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Feeling poorly (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
The problem is that words in "-ly" are usually adverbs, but a few of them are adjectives. An adjecti......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Feeling poorly (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
But 'feel' takes adjective complements: she feels tired, she feels irritable, she feels insulted....
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Discussion Topic  RE: Feeling poorly (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
This is still in use: I am feeling poorly. It has rather an old-fashioned feel for me, and I'd be mo......
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Poll  RE: Pronunciation of "schadenfreude" (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
What you're hearing in Brel or Piaf is, I believe, the uvular roll. The uvula actually rolls, the wa......
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Poll  RE: Pronunciation of "schadenfreude" (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
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Discussion Topic  RE: Apostrophe again, sorry. (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
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Discussion Topic  RE: sea change (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Hm, I give myself 7/10, not too bad I suppose for one of the few occasions when I can't be bothered ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: sea change (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
I do think it's much over-used these days. Though Fowler complained of it as a cliché in ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: rat fink (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
Outside 'ratfink', I'd think anyone using it would be consciously echoing 'The King is a fink!'....
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Discussion Topic  RE: New words (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
I would presume the contemporary use of 'defenestration' is in removing Windows -- to install Linux ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: yclept (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
A word only ever used facetiously. Archaism belongs in carefully archaic styles. Definitely to be av......
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Discussion Topic  RE: British vs. American English (in Potpourri) by aput
The ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: British vs. American English (in Potpourri) by aput
The key pair is the noun 'advice' and verb 'advise'. I'm not 100% sure that what I'm about to say is......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Dark Horses (in Questions & Answers about Words) by aput
The Green Knight seems to have been a very bright green: in stanza 7 he's called ......
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