Off topic: The English language for trivia lovers...
Thread poster: sylvie malich

sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 13:01
German to English
Mar 18, 2005

Just found this and wanted to share it with you. For those burning questions you might have had, including:

"Does bimonthly mean 'twice a month' or 'every two months'?" (answer: both!)

and

"Female cattle are cows, male cattle are bulls. But what is the word for an individual of arbitrary sex here?"

or this gem:

"Apart from 'angry' and 'hungry', what other common English word ends in '-gry'?"

Just spent an hour reading when I should have been translating...

http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwords/bimonthly?view=uk

cheers,
sylvie


 

Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Germany
Member (2002)
Swedish
+ ...
Thanks a lot! Mar 18, 2005

Thanks a lot for this amusing site, Sylvie!

I also learnt this:

"What comes after once, twice, thrice?

Nothing, I'm afraid. These three are the only words of their type, and no further terms in the series have ever existed (the suggestion of `quince' for `five times' is picturesque but no more!). Presumably the language has not felt the lack of them."

I didn't even know that 'thrice' is acceptable. Have never ever met in in spoken language.

Will surely bookmark this siteicon_wink.gif

Have a great weekend
Erik

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Buck
Netherlands
Local time: 13:01
Dutch to English
Trivia Mar 20, 2005

Apart from 'angry' and 'hungry', what other common English word ends in '-gry'?

I laughed when I saw this, because I came across it once on a site the name of which escapes me at the moment. I pondered for five minutes, until I realsed I didn't know.
The answer is, of course, NO.
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