English Language & Usage Weekly Newsletter
English Language & Usage Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Why “daily” and not “dayly”?

Checking how adjectives related to time are created, I see: year → yearly month → monthly week → weekly day → daily Why has “day” derivated into “daily” with an ‘i’ instead of “dayly” with a ‘y’? …

*etymology *adjectives *history  
asked by fedorqui 24 votes
answered by oerkelens 25 votes

Is "The MSO/MSE Split is soon underway" grammatically correct?

We're in the middle of a historical time. Two creatures will be separated from each other. Waffles will be torn in two. Meta Stack Overflow will be split. This banner is currently being shown on Meta …

asked by Undo 18 votes
answered by Nourished Gourmet 8 votes

What would you call size that fits between small and medium?

Our UI supports small (32px wide), medium (64px) and large buttons (96px). Now need appeared to add 48px wide buttons and it would be nice not to rename all the rest, just to give them a name which …

asked by SF. 15 votes
answered by ermanen 15 votes

Opposite of the suffix -less

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix -less as in stainless. That is, a suffix that means “not free of ...”. In German, for example, there is the adverb “behaftet” and …

*single-word-requests *antonyms *suffixes  
asked by Florian Brucker 14 votes
answered by chapka 21 votes

What exactly is the difference between "misinformation" and "disinformation"?

I have checked OALD. I looked up "disinformation" which according to dictionary means "false information that is given deliberately, especially by government organizations" and "Misinform" as a verb …

asked by Joji Shaikh 12 votes
answered by David M W Powers 25 votes

"Teaching fish to swim"

Imagine one has to give a presentation to explain something to an audience which already knows very much about that topic. Is that correct to say in such a situation that one is teaching fish to …

asked by Mari 12 votes
answered by Mari-Lou A 14 votes

How to describe a guy who is popular with girls?

Perhaps I should make it clear: - He naturally attracts girls. - He doesn't chase girls and have no intention for any relationship. - You just see him often together with girls.

*expressions *adjectives *phrase-requests *terminology  
asked by inewbie 11 votes
answered by RyeɃreḁd 25 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Greetings in the beginning of an email

In my language, when I write an email to my professor, boss, etc, there is a greeting part in the first part of email right after "Dear prof. ..."(in my language of course), e.g. "How are you", "I …

*email *greetings  
asked by Naji 10 votes
answered by Dave 9 votes

Difference between nevertheless and nonetheless

I am never quite sure whether to use nevertheless or nonetheless; they seem almost synonymous to me, but I think I might be missing a subtle distinction. Is there a difference, and if so, how do I …

*differences *discourse-markers  
asked by Fraser Orr 14 votes
answered by Cameron 5 votes

Can you answer these?

What is the origin of the place name Privett vs. plant name Privet?

The Ligustrum vulgare, the English Privet, seems to have a confused history. It was known to the ancient Greeks as an important plant in making their formal gardens or topia "places" which gives us …

asked by Aaron K 5 votes

Are “this” and “next” demonstrative determiners?

In the following, is this a demonstrative determiner: I will go to the store this week. If so, then what class is next in the following: I will go to the store next week. It seems that …

*grammar *part-of-speech *determiners *syntactic-analysis *demonstrative  
asked by CoolHandLouis 2 votes

early on, later on - How to explain "on"?

I have been thinking about these adverbials for a long time to understand this connection of "early/later" with "on". These adverbials are used for introducing a sentence or they are placed at the …

*etymology *ellipsis *derivation  
asked by rogermue 2 votes
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