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Jan
25
awarded  Famous Question
Jan
11
comment Is there an English word to describe a group of refrain words composed of two syllables e.g. pera-pera, meaning fluently, iki-iki meaning vividly?
I have watched anime characters "tta tta" which relates to "it hurts" in Japanese (to my ears). "Iki Iki" relates to "it's alive".
Jan
6
comment How come the Latin word “Vulgaris” acquired such negative meaning in English?
Same for villain, Wikipedia states 'villanus, meaning "farmhand"... bound to the soil of a villa'
Dec
22
accepted Analog of “innovative” for a well-executed engineering project
Dec
22
accepted are astronomy and astrology apt names for their concepts?
Dec
22
accepted What phrase describes “having same outcome in spite of having better resources”?
Dec
15
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
14
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
14
comment What phrase describes “having same outcome in spite of having better resources”?
It surely indicates lack of progress, but does it indicate increased complacence/carelessness?
Dec
14
asked What phrase describes “having same outcome in spite of having better resources”?
Dec
1
comment Indian English: Is this a correct sentence?
Facebook tends to use 'their' as a neutral pronoun now.
Dec
1
asked Did “group are” ever make it to Indian English?
Oct
29
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
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awarded  Peer Pressure
Sep
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comment Can a statement be “hissed” without any sibilants?
I hissed 'you fool' under my breath so as not to distract my colleagues, and I sounded silly.
Jul
29
comment Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?
In an old Reader's Digest joke, a person was described as suffering from Jet Brag. Its memorable as a noun.
Jul
15
comment An English equivalent of Arabic idiom ‘Show us the breadth of your shoulders’
I remember Shaggy from Scooby Doo say "make like a bee and buzz off"
Jul
10
comment is there a replacement word for “previous of previous”?
For the sake of completeness: there used to be a preantepenultimate meaning third before last.
Jul
10
comment What is a better way to name “The Wrong Question”?
First accepted answer on English.SE!
Jul
7
comment Idiom for someone who buys all the best gear to do something before they even have a basic proficiency?
Its famously (IMO!) parodied by Tony Stark, "sometimes you gotta run before you can walk"