Which nouns get the definite article? This question can be tricky.
Fun Idioms from NBC's Constantine
"Leave it out," "The duck's nuts," and "rocket surgery" are a few of the sorts of phrases you get on a show about a Liverpool-raised Londoner living in Atlanta, Georgia.
Unpack Your Anti-Intersective Adjectives
I mentioned in a previous post that I would elaborate on the linguistic concepts of non-intersective and anti-intersective adjectives, so here we go. Intersective adjective: The adjective intersects with other uses of the same descriptor. A green car and a green frog are intersective in that they are both green, and green means the same…
John Oliver Calls Dingo; Truthiness Will Out
"Dingo!" or "I call dingo!" borrows its syntax from earlier phrases (c.f. "Shotgun!"/"I call shotgun"), but its meaning is more precise: it refers specifically to conflicts of interest.
Pleonastic Tautological Redundancies
See what I did there? Here are some common, yet often overlooked, examples of grammatical tautologies. heir apparent end result general public doctorate degree undergraduate student root cause old adage major breakthrough close proximity self-confessed final outcome There are lots of tautological proper nouns, like the Los Angeles Angels (The the angels angels: Spanish) or…