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Jan
16
comment “To shoot out of cannon into sparrows”
I've heard variations of this one tons of times in the US. Usually it's not written like this, though - it's more like "Hammer, meet peanut".
Jan
8
comment Meaning of “the seventies are calling”
'Twas a "dee-dee-dee-dee-deet" ringtone, very old sounding
Jan
4
comment Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?
Look at how J.R. used it in his answer - the identifying speaker is in the middle of the paragraph. That was how I was expecting the "embedded" quotes to read.
Jan
4
comment Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?
I disagree with it being a functional advantage - for years, almost every time I saw it, I would automatically think it was a quote of a quote, and have to correct myself, go back, and reread the passage again. Still, +1 for explaining why it's used that way.
Dec
27
comment Use of “Or”, inclusive or exclusive?
Isn't the negative "she couldn't read nor write"? Or does it not matter?
Dec
10
comment What is non-derogatory way of saying “people here are obsessed with sports”?
Sports fans I know would consider "obsessed" to be a compliment. It shows that we know they care about what happens..
Dec
5
comment Is “holiday” derived from “holy day”?
Huh, interesting. I always thought it came from "Holly day".. Pronunciation matches much better, after all.
Dec
3
comment is letter “y” derived from “ij”?
When I see "Bafiya", I say "Bah-fee-ya". When I see "Bafia" or "Bafya", I (usually) say "Baf-yah". I have no idea which is correct, but I'd need to see "Bafaia" or (more normal for English) "Bafaya" to pronounce it that third way; @Kris is that last one the real correct pronunciation?
Dec
1
answered Can we use “Do your Button” for “Close your button”?
Nov
30
comment What is it called when you “refill” a debit card?
@Jim My bank calls it this on the monthly statements (there are "credits", "checks", and "debits" sections), and I use the same terminology. +1
Nov
13
comment How many tenses are there in English?
Also, the time-travel tenses!
Nov
12
comment What is the word for “a series of two related works”?
+1 to this because it's what popped into my mind, and is the most likely one of the answers so far a layperson will both recognize as a word and understand the meaning of (do to the prevalence of "trilogy")
Nov
7
comment Meaning of “Be Mr Late Better Than Late Mr”
@Mitch "Late Mr" definitely isn't normal for US English, it would only appear as AndrewLeach described
Nov
6
comment Is “Did you it?” a valid question?
@Charles I would interpret "Have you a candle?" as a second-language-English speaker offering a candle to me...
Oct
26
comment Are synonyms always bidirectional?
@Zano Ideas can gestate as well, but they can't be knocked-up as far as I know.. ;)
Oct
26
comment Are synonyms always bidirectional?
@k-dev "My computer just died." is perfectly valid in English, but it doesn't leave a corpse, nor is it deceased.
Oct
10
comment What is the opposite of “skyrocket”?
"Skyyyrockets in flight. Afternoon delight!"
Oct
5
comment Why is “str” sometimes pronounced as “shtr”?
Whenever I do "shtr" instead of "str", it's usually because I don't want my "s" to whistle
Sep
25
comment Something is “yay” big
"Yay" happiness and "Yea" as described here seem like two entirely different things to me. Are you sure it's a "corruption of yea", and not just a homonym with a different origin?
Sep
24
comment What is an alternative to “hairy” for things which don't have hair?
Fuzzy definitely seems like a good catch-all. I've heard it used to describe everything from dogs to couches to arm hair!