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1 How can I explain to my friend what I mean when I call him tedious?
2 Does the word privations has something to do with the government?
3 What's the difference between goulash and galoshes?
4 What does pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis mean?
5 What exactly is a parallel structure?
6 I have a bet on this: Learnt is a real word, right?
7 Is a boor somebody who boos or somebody who bores?
8 Is a rivulet really a river, only smaller?
9 Somebody in my drama club used the word ostentation the other day. What does that mean, anyway?
10 Define paraphrasing.
11 What's another word that means the same thing as malevolence?
12 I hate finding typos in books. Here's one I've seen several times: jalousies instead of jealousies.
13 On the second week of my summer job at a bookstore, my boss handed me an envelope with what she called my emoluments. Looked like a paycheck to me, though.
14 I find the same typo in a lot of books I read. Shouldn't connexion be connection?
15 What do you call a word that only ever appears as a plural?
16 What s the difference between like and such as
17 Is anomalous the same as anonymous?
18 Can you show an easy way to remember when to use I" or "me" in a sentence? (And please skip the technical grammar rules.)"
19 Should I say, “Can I have a banana?” or “May I have a banana?”
20 What kind of literature is a picaresque novel?
21 Is the proper capitalization Atlantic ocean or Atlantic Ocean?
22 I just read Dracula. What's the forcemeat in Jonathan Harker's journal?
23 Can the word stern mean more than one thing?
24 What does the word supercilious mean?
25 Is grippe something that makes you sick?
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