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Apr
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is using “fruits” as the plural of “fruit” acceptable?
Apr
10
answered capitalizing titles after a city name
Apr
2
comment Is “The Walking Dead” a personification?
I like your analysis and generally agree with the comment here that it is literal and doublespeak. As a side note, your spoiler doesn't seem to have any implication on whether or not the title works as doublespeak. It should have nothing to do with what kind of state they're in after they die. I'd say it works as doublespeak purely because their death is inevitable/fated due to the condition they're in.
Apr
2
revised Is “The Walking Dead” a personification?
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Apr
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comment I got first place in a competition where it's possible to tie. How would I distinguish that I was an untied first?
Agreed with the previous two comments -- if you 'came in first' you came in first without tying. If you tied with someone else, you "tied for first."
Apr
1
comment What does the phrase “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” mean?
Hah! Even if he did believe in reincarnation, it's just an expression easily replaced with carpe diem or YOLO or whatever you like.
Mar
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Present Continuous instead of Present Perfect Continuous?
Mar
22
comment What is a word to describe how something bad looks good because it is being contrasted with something worse?
You might say something like "Even is really dumb. Mark isn't very smart, but he's a genius by comparison." See 'better by comparison': english.stackexchange.com/questions/65176/…
Mar
19
awarded  Notable Question
Mar
11
comment The logic behind “better safe than sorry”
@DavidM You don't think it works? If I ask you "Why are you using so many nails?" and you reply "Better safe than sorry", you're saying that the reason you're doing something is a statement/fact that we both already agree on.
Mar
11
answered The logic behind “better safe than sorry”
Feb
15
comment plain and simple
You know that this is the case because it is not part of the list: "...jealous, sexist, possessive, plain, and simple." Also because using such a common phrase as part of a list would be insanely confusing.
Feb
15
comment Are there any dictionaries that be able to look up words in word families?
Because the idea of "types of usages related to this word" is so inexact, it's unlikely that someone would create such a product. It's possible you could find some machine learning/classification to find, say, verbs that occur frequently around your noun, though. In any case, is that an EL&U question?
Feb
11
comment Comma in two item list?
Don't overthink it. Commas can basically be seen as "a pause should go here." How would you say it? Put the comma where the pause is.
Feb
11
comment Love in a hating way
I don't totally get the question. Does it mean that you love someone but he/she totally pisses you off? Or does it mean that you love to hate the person, and you enjoy being around them for that reason?
Feb
11
comment What are the limits of the prefix 'step' to describe relationships?
@bib I don't understand where you're coming from. Having the same childhood and sharing the same genetic pool has a big impact on your relationship and life in general. Your step-brother IS your brother, but that doesn't imply that it's not worth noting that he is your step-brother.
Feb
6
comment Word for 'internal uniformity of an object'
I could be wrong, but I think your analysis is pretty thorough. I don't think you're going to find another, MORE appropriate word. I agree that monolithic has certain implication and I'd be likely to go with "uniform and indivisible".
Jan
10
comment Can dogmas be false? Or is the very meaning absolute?
So, then, are all true statements equally valid as "dogmas"? Dogma to me does seem very hard to define.
Jan
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the opposite of “cooking the books”?