usage - Is "humble myself" idiomatically sound?

When a member posted a grammatically correct question today for scrutiny, I replied in 'comments,' No mistake, but only bemused grammarians and humble myself!Now I wonder: is "humble myself" a grammatically or idiomatically sound way to refer to oneself in an expression of personal modesty? My father says it all the time, as in "the only Ph.D holder in this august audience is humble myself."I could not find this expression on google search, which is dominated by the religious verb "to humble oneself/yourself/myself (before the Lord)" -- that ...Read more

usage - Is there any difference between "I'm sat" and "I'm sitting"?

In BrE, one can apparently use I'm sat here to mean I'm sitting here. This seems to be a relatively modern usage:I had originally thought that this was a regional or dialectical variant and had asked a question about this, but the discussion in the comments and the fact that I found many occurrences of the phrase in print (searching Google Books) suggest that it is in fact quite widespread: Don't think: I'm sat here waiting for my plays to be produced; think: I am sat here waiting to write those plays that can only be produced, now. [source] ...Read more

usage - Parentheses surrounding footnote body

It's unbelievably hard to find relevant information online, as almost every Google search just gives pages of advice and questions regarding citations and referencing styles.If I use a footnote in place of information I would normally enclose with parentheses, should my footnote body text be enclosed with parentheses? e.g., The (entirely subject-to-change) plan is to ...If I wanted to move that piece of parenthesis into a footnote for whatever purpose, is the following footnote correct? (entirely subject-to-change) If I shouldn't be using...Read more

First floor vs ground floor, usage origin

Ground floor – First floor: In British English, the floor of a building which is level with the ground is called the ground floor. The floor above it is called the first floor, the floor above that is the second floor, and so on. In American English, the floor which is level with the ground is called the first floor, the floor above it is the second floor, and so on. (Collins COBUILD English Usage)Though there are exceptions to the above-mentioned usage,( and exceptions are not the issue here) in public buildings in the U.S., for instanc...Read more

usage - When is the phrase, “Are you sitting down?” used, and what does it exactly mean?

There was the following paragraph in the article titled “How Russia wants to undermine the U.S. election” in Time magazine (October 10): One day in June she (Arizona Secretary of state, Michele Reagan) was in her backyard in Phoenix when she got a call from her chief of staff. “Are you sitting down?” he asked. ---A group of hackers known as Fancy Bear was trying to sell a user name and password that belonged to someone in Arizona county election official’s office, which holds the personal data of almost 4 million people “My reaction was,...Read more

orthography - Why is “Rectangled” not accepted usage?

Why is “Rectangled” not accepted usage (MS Word (and MS Outlook) always consider it a mistake)?For example, here is the usage in a sentence:Select the “CTF” entry (rectangled above), and then click the “OK” button that will become enabled.If I write “circled” instead of "rectangled," that is accepted.So why is “rectangled” not accepted?Here is an example of something (a tree) being circled and something else (a rock) being rectangled:...Read more

usage - Does order matter when writing a sentence including aunt and uncle?

While I was translating the sentence "Mi tío y mi tía estaban caminando en esa calle cuando vieron tu coche," on DuoLingo, I got dinged for translating the sentence to "My aunt and uncle were walking on that street when they saw your car." The "correct" translation on the site appears to be "My uncle and my aunt were walking on that street when they saw your car;" I can't put my finger on it, but something just feels wrong about this sentence. Are my suspicions accurate? Is my translation grammatically correct? Does order matter when writing a ...Read more

usage - Is there a term for filler sounds in written language

Is there a term for the use of filler sounds in written language? For example, when someone writes:"Um, what? Everybody knows that." or "Oh, I guess you didn't know."I understand in the spoken word these sounds can serve the purpose of signaling a pause in speech and are referred to as fillers. Is there a different term for the written word, and is there a purpose to these other than an attempt to convey some kind of emotional tone to the sentence....Read more

usage - Are phrases and words terms?

Sometimes we have a concept which can be described with multiple words only. As far as I know, we use the word phrase to describe these multiple words. Can I use the word term if I want to talk about both single- and multi-word definitions?...Read more

usage - Limit v/s limitation

I suffer from over reading. Have I again? I was looking for a new contract when I arrived at Octapace Consulting. Here is a quote that anchors that page. It reads:“When you compete with a person, you only have to be as good or better than the person to win. If you compete with yourself, there is no limitation to how good you can be.”Shouldn't it read (note limit edit only):“When you compete with a person, you only have to be as good as that person to win. If you compete with yourself, there is no limit to how good you can be."The question. ...Read more

usage - The difference between nurture, cultivate, and foster (qualities)?

I looked at Merriam dictionary but there are no notes on usage and the three words are synonyms. I want to talk about encouraging the development of certain qualities in people, like honesty or bravery. Does it make any difference whatsoever which word I use? p.s. I have seen some people even use the word nourish but google search shows me that usage is less frequent and perhaps more useful for feeding actual things (like plants) not qualities....Read more

Is "much useful" correct usage?

How correct is this sentence: Your advice isn't much usefulI couldn't really find it wrong however for some reason, it is not sounding right. The sentence "Your advice isn't very userful." seems much more fluent.So is the phrase much useful grammatically correct?Many ThanksPS: I am learning English and would appreciate if someone could point/correct any mistakes in my question....Read more

usage - "Woman students" OR "Women students" - which one is correct?

If I mean to say that many students who were also women smoked cigarettes, but do not wish to use "female students," which of the following would be correct to say:a) Many woman students smoked cigarettesORb) Many women students smoked cigarettesI have read all the related posts - they are all helpful but doesn't answer my specific question. As a general rule, the first noun is often singular as in "girl students" and not "girls students" but there are exceptions to this rule, for instance, "women leaders." In fact, I have seen both "woman pres...Read more