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May
8
comment Word for the “life/world” outside phone calls, text messages, and the Internet?
I think anything using "real" in this sense is quickly going to seem dated if not like complete luddism. Imagine someone taking about "real wagons" or "real carriages" in an age of cars.
Apr
4
comment A question asked in order to expose ignorance
I think the concept is sufficiently specific and nuanced, and the answers are sufficiently imprecise, that you really want to just use the full phrase to convey what you mean.
Mar
25
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
@WinnieNicklaus: It's an artificial problem because someone with a wrong model of language invented a nonexistent (in real language) composition rule. Actual human languages has no rules whatsoever that can be recursively applied, only boundedly (small finite number of times) applied.
Mar
25
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
I think @TheodorosChatzigiannakis captured what the author intended, but it's utterly invalid because the rule for transforming "Women whom men meet die." to "Women men meet die." does not apply recursively; it cannot be used in cases where the noun phrase in the subordinate clause is already complex, where by "complex" I mean something approximately like "containing words after the noun".
Mar
17
comment Is there a word in English for copy which is better than the original
Incidentally, the answer is also useful for dvdrips, which are generally higher quality (fixing telecine errors, etc.) than the originals.
Mar
16
comment What is it called when someone hates disabled people?
@WS2: They really can't, or at least the idea that they can be is a political position, not a statement of fact or a noncontroversial idea. In any case the comments here are not the place for such a discussion.
Mar
15
comment What is it called when someone hates disabled people?
@user3932000: The idea that the word racist is overused is controversial and I would say highly political. Rather it seems to be underused by people not familiar with anti-racist thought, reserved only for overt acts of hate or intentional discrimination rather than covering the full spectrum of implicit associations, internalized prejudice, and systemic power structures that reinforce racial inequality.
Mar
7
comment Single word for “pleasant to look at”
Best of all, readers not familiar with this rather archaic word will simply read it as "full of win". :-)
Feb
25
comment Friendly way of saying “I love you”
Regarding "no homo", you can always toss in "no hetero" ("I love you, no hetero") with an opposite-sex friend to make your (lack of) intentions clear and poke fun at homophobia at the same time.
Feb
24
comment Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular?
I like this answer but I don't like how you've characterized the use as "safe" (framed from a standpoint of avoiding risk for the speaker) rather than a matter of actively treating a person whose gender is unknown to you with dignity and respect.
Feb
7
comment What is a non-gendered synonym for “macho”?
I'm with @DigitalChris 100% on this. The meaning sought by the body of this question is completely unrelated to "macho". Moreover, I would say asking for a "non-gendered synonym for macho" is something of an oxymoron. The concept of "macho" is inextricably interwoven with sexism and concepts of gender roles to the point that a word that's non-gendered would necessarily differ significantly in meaning.
Jan
6
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Jan
5
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Jan
4
comment Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged?
@user21820: I don't follow that convention though I suppose I've seen it. But yes in spoken English the distinction goes away. FWIW, in my dialect of spoken English, the two sentences are not pronounced the same either. They have different vowels and "you're" is "sesqui-syllabic", the only differences from "you are" being the timing and weakened/missing vowel from "are".
Jan
4
answered Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged?
Jan
1
comment Forcing someone's choice through malicious or careless timing
It should be noted that "a designing woman" is inherently a sexist phrase, since there's no corresponding "a designing man" and part of the meaning is clearly an implication that this is a feminine behavior.
Dec
22
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Dec
21
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Dec
20
comment What do you call a response which does not address the question?
Much like the answer giving non sequitur, this answer seems to be out of context. A red herring is specifically a fallacy used in making an argument. It's not a term for a non-answer in a general context.
Dec
19
answered What do you call a response which does not address the question?