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comment What modal verbs do natives use nowadays?
@DenisKulagin First off the top of my head is a simple "Shall we go now?" when random conversations happen instead of going somewhere (to lunch as a group, for example). 'Tis not enough for a full answer, though.
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comment What modal verbs do natives use nowadays?
@JanusBahsJacquet I use "shall" regularly in the US. It's like a more forceful version of "should", and rolls off the tongue much more easily for some phrases.
Mar
30
comment Word for people who live in the same city
This word also works without specifying a city: "The locals and I are..."
Mar
27
comment What are people who 'flee' called?
Plus a note: I believe you pronounce this as "flee-er", it does not rhyme with "rear".
Mar
27
comment What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?
@OwenBlacker It instead reminds me of how politicians talk on TV/in interviews, outside of Congress, all the time
Mar
27
comment What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?
@OwenBlacker Question asks for "waste people's time", not "stall for time". The difference is slight, but it's the difference between the two words.
Mar
25
comment What's the antonym of “prioritize”?
@msam Everything has some priority, even if that happens to be the same as everything else. "Deprioritize" can be used even if something has not been explicitly prioritized - it would then just mean "after everything else".
Mar
23
comment Is there a better term for a male pig [literal sense--the animal] than “boar”?
A note on "stag", since it's not the common usage of the word: When used in this context, it means any animal that was castrated after reaching sexual maturity, or cattle or sheep castrated before sexual maturity.
Mar
23
comment Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?
@BraddSzonye Except when they is used specifically because you don't know - like asking about a third person who happens to be androgynous: Are they male or female?
Mar
23
comment Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?
@Aust Offensive interpretation: "Girls are better, I hope it's not a boy." ;)
Mar
17
comment What is a good idiom for deceptive smile?
Are you looking for deceptive as in the title, or fake? One is "Please trust me while I screw you over", the other is "Please believe I'm happy"
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@EricWilson Between 0.1% and 0.2% of live births are ambiguous enough to become the subject of specialist medical attention. Most do become one sex through surgery or preference, but the point is that it only appears to be so extremely rare because we as a society make it a point to hide them.
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@Waterseas Using that word, have to be wary of responses like: "Usually page foo of the kama sutra"
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@EricWilson "Intersex" is a thing, biologically male and female. "Other" is probably the polite way to put it.
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@GeorgeCummins I think that's more offensive, implying women sound like a man. Directly asking simply means you can't tell, which can be waved off as just low-quality audio on the phone.
Mar
6
comment Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?
I honestly think this is most correct. Directly chopping off the end of "distribution" to get "dis-trih" doesn't sound natural at all, and attempting to pluralize it as "dis-trihs" is even worse. Using an 'o' is the next closest vowel that doesn't sound bad.
Feb
13
comment Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
@DavidRicherby Tristan's statement matches the version in the question from Wikipedia, and I agree with him. The first one is more about a claim of knowledge than belief (which I've heard before as the difference between "gnostic atheism" (borderline nonsensical) and "agnostic atheism"), and is a corruption of its usual intended meaning.
Jan
20
comment Is describing something as 'detailed and concise' an oxymoron?
It helps to think in terms of information density. Lots of information (detailed) in a small space (concise).
Jan
18
comment When should “no problem” replace “you're welcome” as a response to “thank you”?
I don't think the difference is minor; I've never used "You're welcome" because that implicit rudeness jumped out at me even back in gradeschool...
Dec
28
comment Why is quixotic pronounced as it is?
As an aside, to go with the other comments: Chicago suburbs, I learned the word more like "kicks-ottic". Dropped the "u" sound entirely.