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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:58:21 PM
Agree 100%. Squall is a weather expression, a particularly dangerous wind condition, a gust usually with rain. Very unpleasant when sailing.
Other uses are metaphors of this.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:14:18 AM
'dodder' definitely has origins and/or veracity in scots language. No surprise therfore that it should be found in Ireand too, by simple population migration, and the common 'alcohol culture'. Althoug doddering does not mean walking drunkenly, it does convey that harmless unsteadiness that comes from emerging from the pub. But also to us all, with old age, that unsteadiness, need for a walking stick.
Monday, August 24, 2020 9:54:48 AM
call me misrable ... but the 'french' spelling 'reconnoitre' as used by brits is just that bit more elegant
Monday, August 24, 2020 9:47:40 AM
'SUPERABLE" is an unusual word, probably because it is fraught with 'ambiguity'. If spoken or written carelesly, it can become "super-able", which is the exact opposite of the 'surmountable' intent. 'Surmountable' is a much more elegant, unambiguous word which most should prefer.
Likewise, the word 'insuperable' is quite common and unambiguous, and in turn can be elgantly used in a 'double-negative way ... "not-insuperable".
Definitely superable is a word we can do without, a word to avoid
Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:04:49 AM
Indurate is a technical/scientific expression, and is elegantly accurate where that is appropriate. In general literatture, obdurate is more appropriate
Monday, March 23, 2020 6:17:28 AM
"Previse" is an example of an unnecessary new word. The synonyms given are perfect, particularly "foresee" and "envisage".
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:31:49 AM
'overtop' is not a synonym for 'overlook' in the geographical sense. The example given should read "The brow of the upland overlooks the square tower ..." Much more elegant and eloquent correct english.
'Overtop' would correctly be used in a technical environment for an event of overfilling, eg of a tank overfilled with liquid. 'Overtop' would convey usefully tha a tank is not just overfilled (which could mean filled to above the range of the control instrumentation) but has physically overflowed, giving wastage and mess.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:26:58 AM
'presentment' is not an english word. The word you can use is 'presentation'
The main danger in creating this word is the similarity to the completely different, but totally authentic, word 'presentiment', which is the prefix pre correctly added to the coomon word sentiment, and means 'an existing condition or belief'
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 2:44:00 AM
the meaning is correct...but the spelling should be "carvanserai" ... because that's how it is pronounced. The ending is i, usually pronounced ee.
Monday, September 16, 2019 4:03:28 AM
Disagree. ‘Turn down’ - separate words, is the correct form when meaning refusal. The single word ‘turndown’ is a precise technical expression, meaning the ability to operate at reduced throughput. You might hear “the turbine was rated at 30MW, with turndown of 30% to 21...”
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