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Topic: What other verbs can be used in relation to a pilgrimage?
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 11:45:51 PM
He set forth on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

He commenced a pilgrimage to Graceland, having become disillusioned with Mecca and seeking alternatives
Topic: His conduct was positive ...
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 11:01:28 PM
Probably 3a, but could be 3b.

Not a common way to put things.
Topic: clinch
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:59:53 PM
Chalk me up as another American who thought this phrase was normal and common.
Topic: clinch
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:59:52 PM
Chalk me up as another American who thought this phrase was normal and common.
Topic: Children become adults.
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:50:12 PM
"Turn into" is an odd one because it is used for both sudden, even magical transformations and gradual, natural ones.

"The witch turned the prince into a frog."
"Slowly, imperceptibly, summer turned into fall."

Both correct.
Topic: looking for a word in British English
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:45:05 PM
Out of curiosity, is "junk mail" used much in BrE?
Topic: The book entitled/titled “Basic Buddhism”
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:39:35 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
The book entitled/titled “Basic Buddhism” was printed in Chinese and English.

Which is the correct word?

Thanks.


This thread has good discussion, but the key thing to know here is that any difference between these words has been erased. You could use either one of these words and even a pedant wouldn't have a problem.
Topic: cheat vs cheater
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:33:59 PM
US English:

"Cheater" is used for someone who habitually cheats in games of any kind, or for one who is unfaithful in relationships.

"Cheat" is used for someone who cheats people in a financial or business sense, like an unscrupulous used car salesman.
Topic: That small piece of cake is expensive for $10.
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:27:51 PM
Some more examples of sentences and how a native speaker would see them:

"This cake is terrible for ten bucks."

This sentence makes sense, but you'd probably see it spoken, not written. When spoken, you'd put an emphasis on "terrible".

"For ten bucks, this cake is terrible."

Like the above, but a more natural phrasing - a little more clear.

"This cake is terrible at ten bucks."

A weird sentence, basically not correct.

"This cake is a good deal at ten bucks."

This makes perfect sense. (But so does "This cake is a good deal for ten bucks".)

"This cake is expensive for ten bucks."

This makes no sense whatsoever.

"This cake is expensive at ten bucks."

Makes perfect sense.


You really only use "at" when very explicitly discussing how good a deal or price is. "The house was a steal at the price" and that sort of thing. But if you wanted to bring the quality of the house into it, you'd say "For a million bucks, the house was a real dump" rather than "At a million bucks, the house was a real dump".

The only time you can't use "for" is when you are bringing up a specific price point and declaring it to be "cheap" or "expensive".
Topic: crawdaddy
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 8:57:40 PM
Where you from? I always heard crawfish and crawdad at about a 1:5 ratio, maybe? North Carolina here, lived in the mountains, coast, and piedmont. Only ever heard "crayfish" up north.

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