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Mar
3
comment Is there an English expression from Latin for “in writing”, “written”, etc?
@SimonB: That's your contribution. I was just giving examples (of where to look.)
Mar
2
comment A way of describing the lesbian parent that is not pregnant?
That's a "modern" usage. I never heard it before 1990.
Feb
20
comment What is a common word that describes men who don't attract women
@dwjohnston: "Friend-zoned" is the linguistically correct, (although not politically correct) answer. This is an English, and not Politics site. +1.
Feb
20
comment What is the subject of a cynic called?
Answer: "Reality."
Feb
20
comment Noun for the quality of being a “femme fatale”
Actually I believe "femme fatality" came from me (see my comment to David Garner). John Lawler's comment was amended after the fact.
Feb
20
comment Noun for the quality of being a “femme fatale”
Not bad. An upvote. You (indirectly) suggested another one: "femme fatality."
Feb
20
comment Noun for the quality of being a “femme fatale”
@JohnLawler: Actually, my audience was a group of women, who applauded my comments (except the offender). It was a case of "all against one."
Nov
25
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.
Nov
25
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.
Nov
25
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.
Nov
25
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."
Nov
24
comment “old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)
Here's a source: thefreedictionary.com/old-timers
Nov
24
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.
Nov
18
comment Meanings of word “nick” in British English
possible duplicate of Etymology of "nick" in, in the nick of time?
Oct
27
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
11
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
11
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
11
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.