Why is seraphim a plural of seraph? [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 last year. Improve this question This pluralization pattern is highly unlike those I found in English, such as those ending in -(e)s and ones that … Read more

Is British English Outdated in Technical Writing?

I learnt English as my second language right from my school level and for the British colonial history of my country, my education was mostly in British English. In fact, during my school years, American spellings were somewhat frowned upon. However, recently I am writing a few academic papers for IEEE and some of my … Read more

“In charge of” for “under the care of” in AmE

Checking on the validity of “to charge” as a correct fit for “to claim”, “to assert” in some previous OP, I came across the expression “in charge of” pointed up by the Collins dictionary — besides its shared meaning [having responsibility for] — as an Americanism for “under the care of”. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/in+charge+of 34. In charge … Read more

Is “repository” pronounced /rɪˈpɒzɪt(ə)ri/ or \ri-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē\ or /rəˈpäzəˌtôrē/?

Is it /rɪˈpɒzɪt(ə)ri/ or \ri-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē\? I’m confused, I’ve seen it pronounced both ways and I’m not not sure if it’s an American/British thing or do people just use different pronunciations on special occasions. Merriam Webster only lists one pronunciation which it says is \ri-ˈpä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē\: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repository Macmillan Dictionary only lists one pronunciation which it says is … Read more

When did “I could care less” (rather than “I couldn’t care less”) become popular?

What decade? Any particular reason? This is an etymological/historical question, not a grammar question. Answer I think an NGram here is not too misleading: British English American English (note that “couldn’t” and “could not” is indexed as the same by Google NGrams). So the answer to ‘when’ is roughly 1950 for the correct negative and … Read more

In which states (USA) can someone “live easily without speaking any English”? [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 Russian polyglot Dmitry Petrov said in this video: …испанский язык наступает английскому языку на пятки. Мы знаем, что в … Read more

What do you call a person who motivates or inspires?

My choices so far: motivational source inspirational source source of motivation source of inspiration Being a non-native speaker, I don’t know which one to use. What I want to say is that somebody has been motivating me since 2008, so the whole sentence would read: John Doe was motivational source since 2008. John Doe was … Read more