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Sep
26
comment Word for feeling of being used by someone
@drɱ65δ: Thanks. IYHO is worth a great deal to me (emphasis on Y).
Sep
22
comment What do you call a person who is easily replaced?
@FumbleFingers:Please tell that to my boss.
Sep
21
comment What do you call a person who is easily replaced?
@FumbleFingers: I upvoted your use of the word.
Sep
18
comment What does Rick Perry’s “God uses broken people to reach a broken world" mean?
@Yoichi: The term is "Gentleman's C," and it means a low passing grade for a "gentleman" who has other things to do. The capital G refers to an adjective that describes the grade.
Sep
16
comment generic term for “A-hed”? (quirky article at the bottom of the front page of the Wall Street Journal)
@Eldross: Pot pourri can refer to a collection of THINGS as well as flowers. (At least it did on an American TV show called Jeopardy.
Sep
8
comment What is “o-matic”?
Nice bit of history. Upvoted.
Sep
7
comment How to use “pickpocket” as verb
I believe this question is misunderstood. It is NOT "What does pickpocket mean," (a general reference question). It is "How do you use it?" (Answer, by splitting the verb "pick" and the noun "pocket" around the object, e.g. a tourist: "Pick a tourist's pocket.")
Sep
7
comment “Salty” in place of expensive?
I believe these are "figures of speech," as opposed to "accepted" English usage.
Sep
3
comment Looking for idiom/expression to describe an instance where one makes something seem better than it really is
Welcome aboard the site. An upvote to get you started.
Sep
1
comment Figuring the SVO of the sentence “I'm Tom.”
@myqlarson: I was talking about predicate nouns. You're talking about predicate adjectives. But you did give me an opportunity to clarify my stance.
Aug
30
comment What does “turn off” mean here?
Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Aug
23
comment British and American slang words for immigrants?
A reference has been added. I omitted some others that even wiki conceded were less trustworthy.
Aug
22
comment Is it true that the 100 most common English words are all Germanic in origin?
@alian pannetier: There are two of A LOT of things in English. e.g. stool (German), chair (French); hen (German), poultry (French) etc.
Aug
22
comment Etymology of “unhinged”
@Wesley: If a door is "hinged," it's likely to stay in place. If it is "unhinged," it is likely to come apart (from the doorway). The "etymology" of this to people would be the metaphor.
Aug
21
comment Hesitation to use “girlfriend” in reference to old people
I would use other, colloquial terms like "main squeeze" or "significant other," that refer to the relationship, rather than the "girl" part. That would avoid the issue of whether the "female" friend is young or old.
Aug
7
comment What is the meaning and etymology of “ruthless?”
@unreason: That's a good link. But it probably took the answer below to produce the "light bulb" moment in my head.
Aug
7
comment What is the meaning and etymology of “ruthless?”
@Mark T: I was doing what I call a "permutation analysis (searching possible permutations; the reference to Ruth was another example).Rücksichtlos is quite plausible in this regard. "No look back" could be construed as remorseless, if not cruel. But rue and "rueless" is the better root word.
Aug
5
comment Does this situation have a name?
"G" was a reference to the woman's MARRIED name, so I don't think it was done on purpose. More of an accident, or curiosity.
Aug
5
comment What is the meaning and etymology of “ruthless?”
So the correct root word could be "rue," and "ruthless, would mean "rueless." Makes perfect sense.
Aug
1
comment Why does “sucker” mean “unexpected” in “Sucker Punch”?
Dempsey may not have coined the term, but he popularized it. That's why it is associated with him.