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Jan
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comment What is the word that means -“to lose against a totally inexperienced opponent”?
Though it is perfectly cromulent to upvote anything to do with the Simpsons, despite the popular culture reference I would hate to think that this answer is the best option that the rich English language has to offer.
Dec
2
comment Word for “dark” with positive connotation
Related question on SciFi.SE: Do the Imperials know they are evil?
Dec
1
comment Phrase for something that is always out or reach/you almost have but never can get
@JanusBahsJacquet: I once heard two larger women with beautiful accents talking in a bar. I asked "Are the ladies from England?" and one replies "wails". So I correct myself and ask "Are the whales from England?" Sure enough, I never got to date either one of them!
Nov
5
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Nov
1
comment What's the term for not just being wrong, but the exact opposite of right?
Though I might see 'bass-ackwards' being somewhat acceptable in some circumstances, I strongly disagree with the original 'ass-backwards' being acceptable at all.
Sep
9
accepted Antonym of benefit
Aug
29
awarded  Curious
Aug
28
comment Antonym of benefit
That won't work as I am using the sentence to provide a counterpoint to Who would benefit from... and the identical sentence structure is key.
Aug
28
comment Antonym of benefit
@Graffito: Thank you, that just might fit!
Aug
28
comment Antonym of benefit
@FumbleFingers: Yes, I think you're right again. I'll use suffer, and you might as well make that an answer. Thank you!
Aug
28
comment Antonym of benefit
I've found hurt, languish, and agonize. None are perfect, but we're getting closer. I may have to settle on one of these. I'm sure that Edgar Poe wouldn't!
Aug
28
comment Antonym of benefit
@FumbleFingers: You're right, but suffer is still too strong. I'll go look up synonyms of suffer for a more suitable word.
Aug
28
revised Antonym of benefit
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Aug
28
awarded  Custodian
Aug
28
reviewed Reject Antonym of benefit
Aug
28
comment Antonym of benefit
@FumbleFingers: Thank you, but suffer has very negative connotations. I suppose that a slight negative connotation is unavoidable, but certainly a word as strong as suffer is too far. I'll add that to the question, thanks.
Aug
28
asked Antonym of benefit
Aug
20
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
19
comment Why did Old Testament scholars choose to employ “to know” in a sexual sense?
Regarding the use of the word "to lie with" in a sexual sense as discussed previously in the comments: It is used in Leviticus 18: וְאִישׁ כִּי יִשְׁכַּב אֶת אִשָּׁה...‏. So it seems that in the Old Testament לדעת (to know) is used when discussing a specific act between two specific people, and לשכב (to lie with) is used in the general sense that things may happen.
Aug
11
comment Why is φύσις often used for “body” in today’s English?
Thank you! User chasly from UK posted a link to the etymology which supports your answer.