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Why do programmers say: “Did you meet the Spartans?” [closed]

English is not my maternal language and on development/IT forums, I've found the expressions "Did you meet the spartans?" or "I've met the spartans?". To set the context, they are speaking about a new ...
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“The immobility of countenance of a red Indian” [closed]

There is a sentence in The Naval Treaty (one case included in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle): He had, when he so willed it, the utter immobility of countenance of a red ...
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“Living like Jim Morrison” . what does it imply or refer to? [closed]

In the Gods and Monsters song by Lana Del Ray “No one’s gonna take my soul away”, there is the line: I'm living like Jim Morrison What does this line mean?
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Is there a term for the stereotypical Japanese ghost girl with a white dress and long black hair that mostly covers her face?

There were a slew of Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror films that featured a similar ghost archetype. The most notable examples are (warning, links are images of examples) The Ring and The Grudge. ...
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Does etymology have a word like cladistics?

A recent question on EL&U about a current hip-hop expression led my research into a meme that is evolving faster than drosophila. This expression and its variants have gone viral on internet ...
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What is the meaning of “paint it black” and when to use it?

I stumbled upon the phrase "paint it black" in a tv series (Elementary) and was wondering what does it exactly mean? Also, in which situations would you use it normally? Except when you tell the ...
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Error in “Better call Saul” phrase

Is it correct to say "Better call Saul!"? Or do I need to say "It's better call Saul!"? Or even "It's better to call Saul!"? I guess the third one is the correct one. Obs.: "Better call Saul" is ...
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Where and when did “Bucket List” come to mean what it does today?

I'm not sure I had even heard the term "bucket list" until the movie came out. I get the feeling though that the term long predates the movie. Can anyone identify how "bucket list" came to mean what ...
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Origin of “That's what she said”?

That's what she said is a saying that flips a normal statement into a sexual one. Example: "If you blow it too much, it'll explode" [A balloon] That's what she said! How did this phrase come ...
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Hidden meaning in “Got milk?”

I often see question "Got milk?" in ads related to milk and milk products. Does it have any hidden (maybe "Urban Dictionary" kind of?) meaning, any humorous/playful allusions in popular culture, ...
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Identifying accents of British actors

As an American, a large part of my impoverished experience of British accents comes from ancient BBC comedy imports on PBS. I'd very much like to identify the regional accents the following actors are ...
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If ______ gets outlawed, only outlaws will ______

What is the common origin of these and similar phrases, and how are they used? I've seen them in both silly and serious contexts. If guns get outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. If ...
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The word 'Yahoo'

In my country, people use the word "Yahoo" as an expression of enthusiasm, joy, jubiliation and victory. What is the origin and original meaning of the word yahoo? As for that matter, what is most ...
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“Viewer discretion is advised”

This program contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. Is that 100% correct English? This is the text shown before some TV programs. When I first ...
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Free as in 'free beer' and in 'free speech' [closed]

This phrase is all over the internet. They will say that something is free as in 'free beer' and free as in 'free speech'. I have never really understood this. Are these the examples of two different ...
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What does the joke with the punchline about Chrome and Hollandaise mean, and why is it funny?

A joke goes like this: A friend at work had an unusual dental related problem recently. About a month ago he had to have a small steel plate inserted in his mouth. A week later he noticed the plate ...
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What does 'greatest' mean in art?

There's a whole bunch of lists of "greatest ..." in the world of art. Does it mean influence, artistic excellence, ...? edit: I've seen a number of greatest movies lists and I wonder what they mean ...