When did the use of contractions become common in American English and/or when did the absence of contractions become an (accurate or not) shorthand for outdated diction? [more inside]
For android and apple mobile devices: The main page holds icons of apps. What do you call the icons within the app itself, especially if they are not links to mobile sites? Apps seems confusing. For example: ZDbox is a multi-function app for android that has, when you open it, other things you can do. Assuming that they were to look like the main page of a mobile screen, what are these things called?
Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
What is this New Zealand flight attendant saying in this Air New Zealand safety video? [more inside]
I'm interested in translating someone's dissertation/book from Spanish to English. Is there some way I can make this happen? If so, how do I go about it? [more inside]
My son has become fascinated with non-standard plurals in English, and I need more examples to feed him. Can you think of more like: Foot --> Feet; Goose --> Geese; Mouse --> Mice. What I'm not looking for is inside: [more inside]
English language friends: Why do we use the word “different” when it doesn’t appear to be necessary? [more inside]
What does the phrase "pukka currency" mean? [more inside]
Please suggest interesting, engaging possible short readings related to Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' for a high school AP English class seminar, to be facilitated by an undergraduate student with some workshop-creation experience. It should be readable in a single homework assignment and possible to cover during a single class seminar. Other than that, it can be anything (poem, short story, etc). [more inside]
Here's my question. I am a returning non-traditional student, and would like to know of some really good books on English Composition, Language, Literature, and Research that would help me in my studies. Thanks.
I need a translation of a family motto: "jouir en bien" or "joir en bien". [more inside]
When an English Premier League team gets relegated down, what does that actually mean to the players, coaches, and fans. Do salaries plummet? Contracts expire? Do top players get recruited back up? For fans is it easier/cheaper to get tickets? What is the impact?
Project based learning and interdisciplinary teaching! I'm a high school science teacher working with an enthusiastic English teacher and we're trying to find the best project ideas to use in summer school (and beyond if successful). [more inside]
What are some English words that contain a prefix, but the root is either not a word or is substantially unrelated to the prefixed word? [more inside]
Do you know any English grammar checker? [more inside]
E.B. White and George Orwell both suggest that short, lively Saxon words are often better than long Latin ones. This rule has helped my own writing, but my thesaurus is still full of Greek and Latin. Is there a thesaurus that includes only Anglo-Saxon synonyms? Even better, is there one sortable by origin?
What words become different words when you double a letter? [more inside]
What's the word I am trying to think of? [more inside]
I'm looking for a fun medium to long term project for an advanced ESL student. [more inside]
I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas? [more inside]
Will I get this done, even if it ends in madness? [more inside]
I am translating a German bibliography entry to English. The entry has "21. Jg." after the periodical title. What does "Jg." mean?
Tenses without English equivalents? [more inside]
Do spelling bees or tests exist in languages other than English? [more inside]
What does the word "abstract" mean? [more inside]
When do you say 'going down to X' and when do you say 'going up to X' in the context of geography? Do you have a system? For example do you say going up when you going North? For example we are going up to Sydney from Melbourne. Or do you use the rough height of the places? [more inside]
What do you call your brother-in-law's mom? [more inside]
I'm looking for a fully online MA program in TESOL or a related field like Applied Linguistics, that is NOT meant for K-12 public school teaching, with the aim of professionalizing myself as an English tutor. I found the New School's program here, that would certainly cover all my bases, but I simply wouldn't be able to afford the cost. Can you help me find other options? [more inside]
Seeking an English-Speaking Doctor in Tijuana, Mexico [more inside]
My girlfriend and I have bought her mother an iPod Touch. At her request, we're loading it with things to help her learn to speak better English. What are the best apps, podcasts, audiofiles, etc. for a Cantonese-speaking woman who wants to improve her English by herself? [more inside]
Where can I find a comprehensive list of words that are pronounced differently in the US and the UK? Wikipedia is a good start, but it's not complete. [more inside]
What is the term for a group of things? [more inside]
How do I effectively tutor someone in high school English and History? [more inside]
I'm french-speaking, possible new job needs my resume in English. Please help me pimp my resume. [more inside]
Question for the language types: which is correct, ukuleleist, or ukulelist? [more inside]
Do immigrants need a higher level of proficiency in English to get along in the world today than our ancestors did when they immigrated? [more inside]
What's the best way I can help an Indian colleague improve his English? [more inside]
is there a word for 'a word that fits its own definition'? for example, sesquipedalian is a big word that by definition means "prone to using big words." is there a formal term for this type of thing?
What’s a sure-fire way of knowing the difference between “their” and there; I always end up getting confused between the two. [more inside]
How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher? [more inside]
Please point me to excellent ESL beginner resources for a really motivated Chinese pupil... [more inside]
Can you help me explain how and when to use articles (a/an/the) to a non-native English speaker? [more inside]
What effect would licking a common English toad have on humans? [more inside]
What are some great traditional examples of family paintings with animals that look like THIS? [more inside]
If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
When we talk about general magnitude of countable things ("I see hundreds of ads every day" or "There were thousands of people watching the parade"), why do English-speakers generally say "dozens" instead of "tens"? [more inside]
Is there a common English word or a technical term that names the process of taking a page or picture from the real world to the virtual? In other words, if I took a physical page and, with a scanner or camera, turned it into a file on my computer; what would you call that action?
Is there a graphical representation of the number of english words, broken down by popular use? If not, is the raw data available online somewhere?
I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me
I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
How would you translate this into English? Il n'est voisin qui ne voisine. I know it's a French idiom, but what does it mean?