Why are “software”, “advice”, and “information” uncountable?

Sometimes in English I encounter words which are uncountable, while they may be countable in my native language causing some mistakes in my sentences, and I wonder why they are uncountable. For example “software”; we look at any application, *a software (as it is used by software companies) *I developed a software *It is a … Read more

What does “Polked” mean in “We Polked you in ‘44”?

I came across this phrase/sentence: We Polked you in ’44, we shall Pierce you in ’52! Source I googled “Polked” but all it gives me is “poked”, so I had the crazy thought that it might be the joining of the words “poll” AND “poked” as a way of saying “We in poll poked (f**ked) … Read more

What does “Polked” mean in “We Polked you in ‘44”?

I came across this phrase/sentence: We Polked you in ’44, we shall Pierce you in ’52! Source I googled “Polked” but all it gives me is “poked”, so I had the crazy thought that it might be the joining of the words “poll” AND “poked” as a way of saying “We in poll poked (f**ked) … Read more

What is Latin Grammar?

Another product of the eighteenth century was the invention of “English grammar”. As English came to replace Latin as the language of scholarship, it was felt that one should also be able to control and dissect it, parse and analyze it, as one could Latin. What happened in practice was that grammatical description that applied … Read more

what’s cooking — history of the expression [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 2 years ago. Improve this question Does anyone know when the expression “what’s cooking” began to be used in the United States? I’m interested because … Read more

How long has the expression ‘underage woman’ been in use, and is it an oxymoron?

A blog entry posted today at The Atlantic online—”The Myth of the ‘Underage Woman’,” by Megan Garber—argues that “underage woman” is an oxymoron: The phrase is wrong in every sense: There is no such thing as an “underage woman.” Underage women are girls. This led me to wonder how long the notion of “underage woman” … Read more