October 25th, 2014


Another (sigh) grammar whiz

I am beginning to believe that the only reason I find these tricksome is my own declinign cognition.

Rules as usual:  add words at beginning or at end, no adding internal punctuation, no meta-syntax (using a word to stand for itself qua word, as "word" is used herein.)  Her eit is (from the Times, but no googling):

    including that volunteer battalions


"Distaff" is a metonymy for the female side of a family (or society, I guess.)  What is the equivalent metonymy for the male side?