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Nov
7
comment What's the opposite of a “round number”?
As a programmer, I disagree with your first assertion. 1024 (2 ^ 10) is "rounder" than 1000, which just rubs me the wrong way.
Nov
1
comment Does “housemate” imply a sexual relationship?
@BraddSzonye I (in Chicago) have adopted "flatmate" because of the ambiguity (and I work with Londoners), when I was sharing an apartment with the same person I used to room with in college. I sometimes wish others would do the same...
Oct
14
comment Do prepositions at the end of sentences, and split infinitives any longer matter?
Your second example ("At which end of a line would you rather be?") has a completely different meaning than the other two "line" examples.
Sep
27
comment Why is “hysterical” applied to women but rarely to men?
@Mari-LouA I agree with FumbleFingers; I'm 25 with English as my first language, and "she was hysterical" naturally translates in my head as "she was hilarious". The only other words that pop into mind that start with the same phonemes are "history" and the "Histeria!" cartoon.
Sep
25
comment Is the valediction “see you later, alligator” used in English?
@Tristan Or adults who want to "sound hip" and don't have the slightest clue about modern slang
Sep
23
comment Do synonyms exactly stand for the same
@JohnLawler Nope. See GregHullender's answer (on flammable / inflammable).
Sep
23
comment Do synonyms exactly stand for the same
I've always read rushed/ran/bolted as increasing in speed, they don't really say anything about motive.
Sep
23
comment How correct is “quote, unquote” and where does its usage come from?
@MichaelEdenfield Also, when mocking someone, you'll hear "I read his quote 'manifesto', and I was not impressed.", where "manifesto" alone is in an obviously different tone of voice (the tone acting as the delimiter).
Sep
19
comment What do you call hypothetical inhabitants living on the Moon?
@Mari-LouA makes a good point - almost every suggestion here already has some sort of meaning, that lunar inhabitants might not want to associate themselves with. The answer, should an author come up with something good, might come out of nowhere - for example, to borrow the Japanese suffix for "person of ___", we could end up with "moonjin" or "lunajin" (like bib's suggestion of "moonmen" but not male-oriented).
Sep
19
comment What do you call hypothetical inhabitants living on the Moon?
Or you can do it by dropping a syllable from "Luna", making Loon(s).
Sep
13
comment English word equivalent of 膩 (sick of something due to overindulgence)
"fed up" usually refers to another person, I think, as compared to the others which are common with a person, thing, or activity
Sep
13
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Sep
12
comment What do you call an event that happens without a cause?
@user3490 Oh, it's real, not just part of the mathematical model
Sep
12
comment What do you call an event that happens without a cause?
@RoaringFish Quantum mechanics
Sep
11
comment Why is “a” missing in “running like clockwork”
@JanusBahsJacquet I have to agree with Fumble here: "clockwork" is an adjective that describes spring-and-gear technology based off of how clocks work.
Sep
5
comment Word that describes someone that causes his own misfortune
@EdwinAshworth I'm not sure whether to +1 your comment or not for reminding me of the "Accident Prone" Lady Gaga parody...
Aug
24
comment What does “sit in the back of the bus” mean?
Personally, I find the meanings posted in the answers below kind of odd. In highschool (around 10 years ago), the back of the bus was the "cool" place to sit - so this seems to me like an idiom that is no longer true.
Aug
20
comment Word for a police man getting money from someone forcefully
@Beta "steal" doesn't imply stealth to me: "He just stole my purse!"
Aug
16
comment Meaning of suffix '-sex' in 'Sussex, Middlesex'
@StoneyB Unless "Saxon" means "coast" (does it?), I don't see how that's relevant to my joke/comment...
Aug
16
comment Meaning of suffix '-sex' in 'Sussex, Middlesex'
There seems to be one missing... Is there a.. hmm.. "Nosex"? ;)