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Same in German? I happen just to have come across this: ‘Die Anzahl der Volksinitiativen hat in den letzten Jahren stetig zugenommen.’
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2013 on ‘Number’ and group nouns at Lavengro
Raised happily = raised in a happy manner. Raised happy = raised in such a way that happiness was the result. Or something. Perhaps.
Isn’t it to do with the meaning of ‘raise’? ‘Raised happily’ and ‘raised healthily’ seem to mean something different.
Geoffrey Pullum has now weighed in: http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/10/09/the-guardian-opposes-zombie-rules/
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2013 on Pedantry rides again at Lavengro
Now reviewed, on the whole favourably, by Stan Carey: http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/book-review-for-who-the-bell-tolls-by-david-marsh/
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2013 on Pedantry rides again at Lavengro
A major problem with an English Academy is that no one would take any notice of it.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Spelling at Lavengro
Is it confusion, or is it that the word ‘ship’ is perceived to be feminine whereas the word ‘vessel’ is not?
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2010 on The gender of ships at Lavengro
OED Online has two citations, dated 1897 and 1949, supporting the definition ‘to cause to disappear’, but neither is in a sinister sense. However, the Draft Additions November 2002 record the transitive and euphemistic meaning ‘to abduct or arrest (a person), especially for political reasons, and subsequently to kill or detain as a prisoner, without making his or her fate known’, with an acknowledgement of the American Spanish origin. The earliest citation is dated 1979. (You probably knew that, Peter, but this for the benefit of those who may not have access to the OED.)
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2010 on Disappearance at Lavengro
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