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Nov
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answered What's a good word for the way an aperture closes?
Oct
25
answered Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”
Oct
15
comment What is the etymology of the term “private eye”?
Is there a reason you didn't consider Webster's College Dictionary authoritative when you wrote the question?
Aug
25
comment What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”
@GarethRees, that's possible, but it seems a stretch, since Jubal has immediately prior to this given Mike an "A for effort" on a heterosexual kiss.
Aug
25
comment What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”
@JonJayObermark, Mike is clearly gendered as male throughout the book.
Aug
25
comment What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”
@NateEldredge More context here; after several reads of the book over many years, I remain baffled. books.google.com/…
Aug
25
comment What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”
The trouble with the "heterosexual or homosexual" interpretation of "A.C. or D.C?" is that it makes no sense in the context of the passage. Jill is female, Mike is male; why would Jubal ask "straight or gay" in response to their kiss?
Jul
23
answered Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)
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Jun
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comment What is the etymology and reasoning behind the US Military term,“D-Day”?
Yep, though secrecy has been less important in the U.S. space program. :) In space launch sequencing, it's also common for the clock to get started and stopped prior to launch -- more than one hour might elapse between T minus 2 hours and T minus 1 hour. I believe after launch the clock isn't ever stopped, though.
Jun
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answered What is the etymology and reasoning behind the US Military term,“D-Day”?
May
18
answered down the hall to the left
May
15
comment What is this “Nor”?
This construction is also used in Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner': "Water, water, every where/Nor any drop to drink."
Apr
17
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Jan
16
comment Meaning of “dog” in the “updog” joke
"Dog"/"dawg" meaning "friend" may have originated in AAVE but now is common slang among young American non-AAVE speakers.
Apr
22
comment What does “E!” mean in the phrases, a show “makes the debut Sunday E! sets in motion,” and “premiers on E! April 21”?
I assume "Jeah" is "yeah", yelled, as a loud and abrupt interjection, so that the 'y' turns into a 'dj' sound; American men performing hypermasculine bonding behavior (often associated with college fraternities) will make such a sound when their favored sports team scores a goal -- hence "frat-thusiastic", which is definitely not a term in wide use.
Mar
28
comment What is a gender-neutral alternative to the expression “man-days”?
What possible ambiguity is there in "people-days"?
Mar
8
answered When to use “nude” and when “naked”
Feb
24
comment Etymology of “half-assed”
I actually used "full-assed" in contrast with half-assed yesterday, but in a humorous way -- I don't think you'd be generally understood using it on its own.