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Jul
21
revised Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
added link to quoted article (a great read, not to be missed)
Jul
21
suggested approved edit on Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
Sep
13
comment Secular alternative to “preaching to the choir”?
In German, the equivalent phrase would be "carry owls to Athens". Interestingly, the Wikipedia article links to "coals to Newcastle" when clicking on the "English version" link for that page.
Aug
30
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
15
comment Word for someone who is ignorant and proud?
Obligatory reading: Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments - Winner of the Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology 2000.
Feb
28
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
16
comment “To shoot out of cannon into sparrows”
It's the exact same idiom in German, too: "Mit Kanonen auf Spatzen schießen."
Nov
8
comment What's wrong with “I'll open you the door”?
Is it actually idiomatic to say "call the buzzer"? Wouldn't you rather "sound the buzzer" or something like that?
Oct
11
awarded  Commentator
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of “skyrocket”?
I've loved this word ever since the immortal lines "Now witness their attempts to fly from tree to tree. Notice they do not so much fly as plummet." (Monty Python, Flying Sheep)
Sep
11
comment What's the idiom for getting lost in a (malfunctioning) bureaucracy?
@ChrisCudmore: No, it's derived from Latin fetidus ("stinking"). See also f(o)etor as in foetor ex ore ("bad breath").
May
5
comment The property of something to return to its original state when not being acted upon
It's equilibrium, though.
Dec
13
awarded  Teacher
Dec
13
answered How can I express “sacrificing ease for quality” in a common expression?
Dec
12
comment How can I express “sacrificing ease for quality” in a common expression?
If you need to explain yourself to management, you might want to use the term "technical debt" because that makes them think of money...
Sep
5
comment What does “Stick it up one’s jumper” mean? Why is it funny?
Not to forget John Lennon's "I am the walrus"...
Aug
4
accepted The boy who lived… come to die? (Harry Potter)
Aug
3
awarded  Editor
Aug
3
comment The boy who lived… come to die? (Harry Potter)
My feelings exactly! Thanks!
Aug
3
revised The boy who lived… come to die? (Harry Potter)
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