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comment Is “the best thing since sliced bread” supposed to be taken sarcastically?
I remember hating "sliced bread" as a child (preferring rolls), so telling me that something was "the greatest thing since sliced bread" was a real "turn-off to me, even well into my adult life.
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comment Teaching of smuh?
I made the question more objective by asking if teachers DO teach children such words, rather than "should" they, and wonder if it can be re-opened in its current form.
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revised Teaching of smuh?
Made question more objective.
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comment The word for a man who hunts a dangerous mountain cat without prophylactic?
@DanBron: (The future King) David killed lions with slingshots. Not to mention Goliath. If the man had brought a slingshot, that would have been "unconventional," but not necessarily foolhardy, depending on his level of skill.
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comment The word for a man who hunts a dangerous mountain cat without prophylactic?
I think the man brought a "CATSPAW" to kill a (small) crow or MOUSE. But in any event, a smaller weapon than sported by most "cats."
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comment “old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)
Here's a source: thefreedictionary.com/old-timers
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answered “old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)
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comment Where does the word “wankers” come from?
@JanusBahsJacquet: The Chinese word wan, which means 10,000, is a homonym of the word "to play."Tthe word "ke" sounds like the word for "handle." I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
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comment Meanings of word “nick” in British English
possible duplicate of Etymology of "nick" in, in the nick of time?
Oct
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comment What's a word that means intentionally gullible?
The person in this question is "disinterested," or "happy go lucky." The person in the other question is "disingenuous." They are not the same.
Oct
27
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
18
answered What is the difference between “legacy” and “inheritance”?
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comment How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?
@SvenYargs: Your version is what I think was meant. Thanks for clearing this up.
Oct
11
comment How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?
I couldn't exactly ask my friend what he meant, which is why I asked it here.
Oct
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comment How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?
@FumbleFingers: I don't believe that the question was in bad taste "on its face" (and I was careful to word it as such). Yes, it may ALLUDE to bad taste. But the point of ELU is to clarify ambiguous statements that we hear every day. Put another way, I had a "hunch" that it was bad usage, but didn't know why until now. When T. Boone Pickens was castigated for asking an "ignorant" question, his answer was "I'd rather be ignorant TODAY than ignorant the rest of my life!"
Oct
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comment What would be another way to phrase “the moral of the story is…”?
Not bad answers, but it would be a greater benefit if you connected them to the "moral" of the story.
Oct
11
comment How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?
OK, maybe she does that in bed, and swallows her pride outside of it.
Oct
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asked How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?
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comment Word or phrase for a woman who shows up at events in gaudy outfits, garish make-up, and excessive jewelry?
Ms. Mark had her (male) number two "in tow" (the reverse of the usual), and similarly dressed, which "evens" things up. Not to mention the baby elephant.
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comment Word or phrase for a woman who shows up at events in gaudy outfits, garish make-up, and excessive jewelry?
I believe the media reference to her was "Mark the Shark." My "take" (off) on this was: "Oh the shark has, pretty teeth dear, and SHE shows them pearly white." (Weill).