Isn’t “higher-priced products” with an adjective ungrammatical for the correct “more highly priced products” with an adverb?

The phrase higher-priced products is very common, but isn’t it grammatically incorrect? The adjective higher is being forced to servce as an adverb here, so the phrase should instead be more highly priced. What’s the verdict? Answer Both are correct with long-established usage. You can say “more highly” if you like, but according to adverb, … Read more

Is ‘”snapshotting” a correct word?

For example, as part of the information message of some computer script: Snapshotting the file… Can we write snapshotting instead of taking the snapshot? Is it still correct? I’ve found an example usage of that word on Wikipedia, in the following context: … is not a snapshotting scheme but a system-level incremental backup service … … Read more

Why can “dispute” be both verb and noun, but “refute” only a verb?

The word dispute be used as a verb or a noun: Do not dispute me on this. The dispute was settled quickly. However, the word refute can be used only as a verb: I shall refute this claim. The only way to use it as a noun is to add the suffix ‑tation: That was … Read more

What is the type of sound-based language conversion called?

Background I have been using the type of conversion for my Korean students when trying to get them to pronounce English words slightly more accurately. I don’t transcribe the meaning of the words. I only transcribe the sounds of the words. I want to do this conversion faster (so I want to research it hence … Read more

Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?

Apple TextEdit is giving a red line underneath “preferenced” as if it’s not a valid word. Wiktionary describes “preference” as being a verb as well as a noun. Is it a recently verbed noun that’s considered non-standard by some dictionaries? Answer The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1985 printing)—the edition that comes with … Read more