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 Yes - not used in "proper" English and you won't hear it from well-educated Brits, but common enough in some areas of the country, including London. EDIT: embarrassing typo fixed.
 I stopped using it when I realized that Americans mostly didn't understand it. I still, surprisingly frequently, discover that other words that I've been using don't really exist over here.
 This exemplifies the disconnect in all these arguments - the fundamental assumption that if the phone can be bent by hand then it is too weak - even though the controlled tests indicate that all the current top phones will bend at or less than 150 lbs force applied to the middle of the phone - a force that any moderately strong human can exert in that manner. The HTC One is measurably weaker than the 6+ and roughly similar to the 6, and yet no one is running around...
 It is not a new word, but it is not particularly old fashioned. It is still in common use.
 OK - what I was trying to explain is that the back plate of the phone (where the cut-out is) is not a significant structural element when it comes to the bending mode in question. A rectangular plate is only stiff about one of its three principle axes - the one that is orthogonal (perpendicular) to the plane of the plate. It is hard to deform a plate in its own plane by shearing or bending. On the other two axes, which represent folding the plate (as is the case here), a...
"Whinge" is common in both spoken and written form. Doesn't seen at all awkward to me, but then neither does "maths". Probably just a function of the language you grow up with.
Not sure that's correct - in Old English "dive" was a weak verb. It has sort of bucked the general trend in becoming strong - mostly an American English evolution."Whinge" is a well-known British term for incessant complaining.
Oh - yes, agreed on the 6/6+ ranking. Who knows what the HTC is made of, or designed to withstand, so it's just an isolated data point, but with regard to the iPhones it suggests that Apple made more effort to strengthen the 6+ than the 6+.
Nice explanation. You should post more often than once every three years...
Why is that odd?
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