In still in the sentence

The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Answer The author uses “…in still…” to describe the “…the (dustgreen) trees.” Since the author is describing the trees, in still is an adjective. Using the Cambridge dictionary, still is defined as: staying in the same position; not moving: So the … Read more

“Schematic Claim”

I would like to know what does “schematic claim” in the following encrypt mean which is from an entry of Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: To consider some of the different strategies for responding to the phenomenon of intersectionality, let’s return to the schematic claims that women are oppressed and this oppression is wrong or unjust. … Read more

confused about “…I may have tripped over someone else who’s hiding”

I’m translating a post about psychology and having trouble with this sentence: “I know when I’m sitting across from someone who’s smiling brightly at me while simultaneously describing a significant loss or disappointment that I may have tripped over someone else who’s hiding.” The context is someone trying to hide their negative emotions. But I … Read more

Meaning of “Right Out” in Context

A particularly quotable 1970s British comedy film includes the following pseudo-old-english instructions for dispatching a troublesome foe: First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou … Read more

Digitization vs digitalization of science/scholarship

Is there a semantic difference between “digitization” and “digitalization” when used in the context of the advent of digital science/scholarship? E.g., is there a difference between saying “the digitization of scholarship affects scientific methods” and “the digitalization of scholarship affects scientific methods”? Answer Yes[1]. Digitization is the process of converting analog data to a digital … Read more

Meaning of “sleep” and “shave it through on the grub”

I read in “The White Silent” of Jack London and see this sentence ‘Only one day. We can shave it through on the grub, and I might knock over a moose.’ I do not understand meaning of ‘we can shave it through on the grub’. Do you explain clearly for me? And Jack London use … Read more

What is meant by “so it says something that” in this sentence?

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: Don’t think that Gove was a windbag: he was a New Englander and valued sparse efficiency in all things (including lexicography). So it says something that the memos are so long. Does the latter sentence’s construction have some idiomatic significance because it in itself doesn’t … Read more