A friend of mine would like to buy an electronic Japanese-English dictionary. What model do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by teem
on Dec 3, 2005 -
How difficult would it be for a married couple (1 german, 1 english) currently living in london - to move to live and work in US - for example to san francisco [more inside]
posted by Svea
on Nov 25, 2005 -
What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce
the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
posted by fucker
on Nov 23, 2005 -
There seems to be a consensus
on how Chaucer and his contemporaries sounded. What I'd like is a summary (or links, or pointers to resources) of how
we know how Middle English speakers sounded.
posted by everichon
on Oct 10, 2005 -
Help me find a gift for my 55 yr. old mother that will help her begin to wonder of her own thoughts and wishes, and think that just maybe she could be a force of her very own in this world.
posted by anonymous
on Sep 27, 2005 -
What words do people use that consistently make you cringe and wonder if they understand what they are saying? [more inside]
posted by Invoke
on Sep 11, 2005 -
I'm trying to figure out the proper capitalization rules for acronyms.
posted by cm
on Aug 24, 2005 -
When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by daveirl
on Aug 11, 2005 -
I'm reading Princesses
, by Flora Fraser (which, OT, is a bit too much like school to be really enjoyable) and am interested in a term I don't understand. [more inside]
posted by SashaPT
on Jul 25, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a dictionary or guide to 17th-century English that would help my teenage daughter understand the words she comes across when reading Milton and the boys?
posted by GoatCactus
on Jul 20, 2005 -
Why do Americans use the expression "I could care less"
Surely it's "I could NOT care less"
posted by johnny7
on Jun 10, 2005 -
A smart Venezuelan acquaintance is looking for fiction to help improve his understanding of current American idioms and slang. [more inside]
posted by mediareport
on Jun 5, 2005 -
I'm pretty verbose, but I don't think my vocabulary has grown much in years. And I'd like to build it up. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on May 18, 2005 -
Is there a word in English, a noun, that refers to a childless adult? Given the nature of English, there seems like there would be, but if there is, I can't think of it. If there isn't, why not? [more inside]
posted by sic
on Apr 9, 2005 -
Which statement is correct?
Does either of you recognize this person?
Do either of you recognize this person? [more inside]
posted by pelican
on Mar 19, 2005 -
What's the origin of the phrase "hunt you down like a dog?" I can seem to find the origins of other phrases involving dogs pretty easily but not this one.
posted by DyRE
on Feb 3, 2005 -
English language question: what is the difference between intern/internship and trainee/traineeship? [+] [more inside]
posted by elgilito
on Jan 28, 2005 -
Are there any websites written entirely in Jamaican English?
posted by reklaw
on Jan 7, 2005 -
Edwardian slang. I'm in the midst of an Upstairs Downstairs marathon and the daughter of the house keeps using a word that sounds like "deevee" and apparently means something like "cool." I've googled (hard when you don't know the spelling) and gone through online dictionaries of Victorian and Edwardian slang, but no luck on what it means or the derivation. Can anyone enlighten me?
posted by helcat
on Jan 1, 2005 -
Ok, I apologize in advance for this being a not-entirely-original question, but my girlfriend and I are looking to teach English somewhere in Europe starting this fall (we're thinking mostly of Spain and Italy, but we're open to suggestions), and I was wondering how important certification is, and how to obtain the correct sort of certification from a reputable authority. Thanks, AskMeFi!
posted by clockzero
on Dec 26, 2004 -
Can anyone supply me with a link to, or scan of, an English translation of a poem by Paul Eluard? Specifically, "Le Dur Desire de Durer" ("The Dour Desire to Endure")? Merci/Thanks.
posted by stonerose
on Dec 8, 2004 -
PunctuationFilter: I'm writing the copy for a CD insert booklet in which the title of a book is mentioned. Typically, I'd italicize it, but the entire piece is already in italics. What's the standard here?
posted by plexiwatt
on Dec 6, 2004 -
More clothing-related japery!
So I'm an English major and pretty queer for most things Victoriana, and have been desirous of obtaining some natty duds in the Dandy style
for... years now. The problem is that I'm something of a failure at all this fashion stuff. I am just no good at it. I don't dress like a slob, but I have no idea
how one would go about obtaining, you know, waistcoats.
Especially at reasonable prices, since I really don't have all that much discretionary income.
So: enlighten me! Where
do you find these sorts of things for real bargain-basement prices? If you have specific regional advice, I live in Madison, WI and have easy access to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Otherwise, specific ebay strategies might be helpful? I find browsing the listings tedious, and although I have bid on things occasionally, there's always someone willing to pay more than me. Are there other sites worth looking at for this sort of thing?
Thanks in advance!
posted by kavasa
on Nov 23, 2004 -
"One is not amused..." Personal pronoun, or third person generalisation? [MI] [more inside]
posted by benzo8
on Nov 6, 2004 -
Let's suppose I wanted to go on holiday to various countries. Is there a reliable resource on the Web (short of reading a few hundred pages) telling me which are the countries where English is fairly widely spoken and understood? (It doesn't need to be the national language, but enough that I could comfortably move around without hitting a serious language barrier.)
posted by madman
on Oct 21, 2004 -
I would like to go to school (for a PhD in English Literature) in New Zealand and would very much like some advice. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by lumiere
on Oct 20, 2004 -
My sister was asked if she wants to join a friend teaching english in europe. One thing she said raised a red flag, though. [mi] [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Oct 10, 2004 -
What are the stereotypes of the native English speaker's accent as perceived by non-English-speakers? (More inside-->) [more inside]
posted by Shane
on Oct 7, 2004 -
Cats have kittens, dogs have puppies, Geese have goslings, foxes have kits, goats have kids, people have kids. What do apes have?
posted by Miles Long
on Sep 1, 2004 -
Does anyone have experience of teaching English as a foreign language in Santiago, or elsewhere in Chile? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by penguin pie
on Sep 1, 2004 -
? While listening to NPR this afternoon, a UVa student giving a tour used the word "academical" in describing a portion of UVa's campus . The use of "academical" struck me as sounding very odd although it is arguably correct. Is it all academic
posted by Dick Paris
on Jul 3, 2004 -
What does "normative" mean? Is it a useful word? I only ever see it used in obscure, academic writing, which makes me suspect it's worthless. How is it different from "normal"? My dictionary says it means, "Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard: normative grammar." That sounds like "normal" to me, so why not just say "normal"? Can someone give me some clear sentences that use the word -- sentences that are not written in post-modern, complit speak? Can one use "normative" meaningfully in a sentence about real-world things, like butter, eggs or bricks?
posted by grumblebee
on May 21, 2004 -
ForeignLanguageFilter: What tools (if any?) are available on the Internet for translating materials that are not
prose into English? Specfically, I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French. Neither my pathetic high school slacker French nor the usual suspects
are producing anything useful... Any suggestions?
posted by JollyWanker
on Apr 26, 2004 -
What's the difference between the words "proffer" and "offer"? This has been driving me mad for some reason for a few days now. Every dictionary I consult basically seems to say that they mean the same thing. But surely there must be a difference, right?
posted by reklaw
on Apr 19, 2004 -
Could someone please explain what the phrase "bleeding deacons" means ?
posted by sgt.serenity
on Apr 14, 2004 -
Popstar - The British Version of American Idol. Does anyone know where I can find the clip of the Sikh guy who audtions for the judges - and is the equivalent of William Hung? As I recall he doesn't really sing, and in the middle of his routine he starts to do something that resembles some breakdance moves. Painful to watch, yet funny.
posted by turbanhead
on Mar 24, 2004 -