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Apr
27
comment What is the meaning of “I read a book once”
Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Apr
26
comment Why “the Sun Tzu” instead of just “Sun Tzu”?
@Hugo: May be the writer thought that Sun Tzu was a "title," e.g., "the Count of Monte Cristo.
Apr
25
comment What does “I believe in making America safe for old-fashioned light bulbs and not those weird curly ones,” mean?
@Wfaulk: English SE isn't the place for a political diatribe. But it is the place for WORDS and expressions used in a political diatribe IMHO. So you're OWN diatribe is off-topic, but questions about someone ELSE's (particularly a presidential candidate) should be acceptable.
Apr
24
comment Generic name for places like village, town and cities
Your suggestion sounds like the German Platz.
Apr
23
comment Generic name for places like village, town and cities
It's true that "urban area" is "not commonly" used to describe villages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_area. But in Anglo-Saxon countries like Australia, Canada, and the United States, they are used to describe collections of people in certain population densities, e.g. 1,000 or 1,500 people over so many square kilometers or miles. That includes SOME villages. In English idiom, "Never say never."
Mar
28
comment Is the phrase “for free” correct?
@zpletan: The expression is "I got it free of charge" (no for).
Mar
12
comment Why is a lieutenant general higher than a major general?
Could we "migrate" this question to say, the history site?
Mar
1
comment What is the word that describes ethical smartness?
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Mar
1
comment What is the word that describes ethical smartness?
I would be looking for a word like "ethicality," but maybe such a word doesn't exist.
Mar
1
comment What is the word that describes ethical smartness?
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Feb
14
comment What is the meaning and etymology of “ruthless?”
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Jan
30
comment Term for an insincere invitation..?
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Jan
26
comment Meaning of “the waft of”
I don't consider this "general reference," since it has a "figurative" meaning (smell), that is decidedly different from its literal meaning "movement through air."
Jan
21
comment What does the end of sentence “eh” tag mean in Canadian English?
@Mitch: Changed "British" to "Canadian." I honestly thought the English used it also, but maybe not.
Jan
21
comment What does the end of sentence “eh” tag mean in Canadian English?
@Mahnax: But I am American (for full disclosure).
Jan
18
comment What is the verb for dividing something into regions?
@KevinCathcart: That is exactly why it is my choice.
Jan
17
comment What does “You are not Irish” mean?
*Actually, the mother might not even be Irish. But she clearly married Mr. Delaney because HE was Irish, and wants her children to do the same. In America, I once heard of an Italian woman who married an Irishman, and insisted that her children marry Irish, and not Italians.
Jan
12
comment How did the term “Mistress” take on two rather different connotations?
I wasn't talking a about a "dominatrix" in today's sense of the word. But Queen Elizabeth I was clearly a dominant "mistress," who had many male admirers and some "lovers," all of whom (except Philip II) were lower-ranking than her.
Jan
12
comment How did the term “Mistress” take on two rather different connotations?
It's true that "a woman's family would not take kindly to an upstart" MARRYING a noble woman. But the idea of courtly love was based on a (theoretically) PLATONIC relationship. Besides, such a woman would be courted only in "middle age" (late 30s or 40s) after the "family" (parents, and even husband) were all dead. Also, a lot of the "upstarts" under courtly love were YOUNG knights (who hadn't made their mark). Once they did, they would "graduate" from relationships with noble "mistresses" (and marry younger women of similar rank).
Jan
12
comment How did the term “Mistress” take on two rather different connotations?
Using the "courtly love" model, I believe that "early on," (12th century), "mistress" DID refer to men chasing higher status women who would be their "mistress" in the dominant sense of the word. But based on your reference (and others), it seems the term "crossed over" in mid-Millenium (15th-16th century), to include "dominant" men (kings or dukes), "dating" lower born women.