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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.
Oct
6
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.
Oct
6
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).
Oct
6
comment Word or phrase for a woman who shows up at events in gaudy outfits, garish make-up, and excessive jewelry?
One such person was Rebecca Mark, former division CEO of Enron, who showed up at a company function on a motorcyle in leather jackets and pants. I didn't know at the time that Enron was fraudulent, but I did avoid the stock because "this is the woman you don't want your son to date."
Oct
5
comment Is there a term for discrimination without negative connotation?
@tchrist: I guess you could use someone 5' 8" (below average height today, average in 1800), but a "six-footer" probably wouldn't do.
Oct
5
comment What does “If she smokes, she pokes” exactly mean?
@Theresa: Men and women both "do it," (and enjoy it), but men have the "elongations." (And women have other means of satisfaction.
Oct
4
comment What does “If she smokes, she pokes” exactly mean?
@Theresa: Yes, my "rephrasing wrecks the rhythm, economy, and humour of the original [and] added an out-of-date idea." But for me, at least, the value of the greater clarity outweighs all the negatives.
Sep
22
comment What do you call seeming “hyperbole” that's actually true?
Should be: "It's more of a sales pitch designed to pique your interest with some incredible claim."
Sep
11
comment Why would the “wind blowing in the East” be considered a bad thing?
"The eastern wind, the Russian wind, is not so nice. When the eastern breeze flies through the trees, it's full of ice."
Aug
30
comment Is there any reason for saying “he is good-looking”, instead of “he is well-looking”?
@fdb: Yes, the combined word "goodlooking" is an adjective. But individually, looking is still the noun, and good is the adjective.