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According to ngrams it started increasing in popularity around 1965. The OED online has a citation from 1954: 1954 Variety 17 Feb. 38/4 ‘Junior Science’, aside from its positive qualities, is a rewarding change of pace from the more thunderous sci-fi and spaceship packages. And it notes that sci-fic and S.F. are earlier: S.F.: 1929 Sci. ...


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The obvious answer is that the thumb is not a finger. Otherwise it would not be called thumb but first finger. In German a germanic language just like English we have: Thumb --> Daumen Index finger --> Zeigefinger Middle finger (the finger) --> Mittelfinger Fourth finger / Ring finger --> Ringfinger Pinky --> Kleiner Finger (small finger) As you can see ...


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The OED definition you wrote for soul-searching is the applicable one: Deep and anxious consideration of one’s emotions and motives or of the correctness of a course of action. In this case, it is referring to the continued support of Amazon by the book-buying public, to the detriment of physical book stores and other online book-sellers. Amazon's ...


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I was in a bookstore-counting mood, see: there were seven bookstores within a 10-minute walk of my apartment. You could use this if you wanted "I was in a xxx-counting mood," but you'd best explain it afterwards, e.g.: I was in a house counting mood, so I counted all the houses on Main Street. The author explains her "counting mood" by mentioning ...


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E.SE mad libs! It made her ___1___ some ___2___ had ___3___ ___4___. 1: terrified trepidatious concerned worried 2: dark cabal foul winds of fate international banking conspiracy throng of 50 Shades Of Grey fans 3: forced her coerced her inexorably dragged her yanked her like a fly into the mouth of some hideous, misbegotten frog behemoth 4: ...



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