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I'm a compulsive learner.


Jan
28
comment What's an alternative idiom to “rob Peter to pay Paul?”
I don't think use of the phrase in a particular context is necessary here since the idiom is widely used and extremely straight-forward. In fact, I don't see how it can be misinterpreted. Essentially: "take from one resource to provide for another." It doesn't have to entail stealing per se.
Jan
12
comment What's the most neutral reply to “Can you do me a favor?”
@JohnLawler That's a good one. Thanks. If you write that in an answer post, I'll accept it.
Jan
12
comment What's the most neutral reply to “Can you do me a favor?”
@tchrist Read one of your books. You're the man. But, I don't like how you replied to my post. I mean, this isn't about interpersonal skills if you look at it very rigidly: I don't want to commit, but I don't want to decline -- because I don't know what the favor is. There's gotta be some reply that reflects that.
Jan
12
comment What's the most neutral reply to “Can you do me a favor?”
I think you missed the point of my question. It's actually that I don't want to quickly decline. I want to know what I'm getting myself into before accepting the invitation/request. I don't know what the favor is, so I don't want to say "yes." And I don't want to just turn my head away from something I can possibly benefit from without knowing what it is first. What's the best response to suit my ideal?
Nov
28
comment Synonym for “call bulls--t”
@user58312 So make it mean something in your country.
Nov
27
comment To whom does “British” refer?
Basically, anyone who thinks that Monty Python is hilarious. You're welcome.
Nov
27
comment How to refer on the property of a line which has a sudden change in its direction?
You call it "Kanye West's musical consistency between 2004 and present."
Nov
26
comment Euphemism for poo
I'm glad they were at least enjoyed!
Apr
24
comment Comparing two juxtaposed elements by way of clause inversion?
Oh my God. Thank you. You can post that as an answer. I was looking for "antimetabole." Sweet. I'll accept the answer.
Feb
26
comment Is it “interest free” or “interest-free” when describing a loan without an interest rate?
This is not a duplicate. The question you presented is too general for this thread to be a mirror image of it.
Feb
26
comment Is it “interest free” or “interest-free” when describing a loan without an interest rate?
haha, So you see why I asked then. You'd think that there'd be a strict rule here.
Feb
21
comment Is “else” in “someone else” necessary?
So "else" is simply there for clarity? It doesn't actually have to be there? I'm a little confused as to what you were explaining in your first examples (1a and 1b).
Mar
6
comment Quoting poor English in a news article? I don't often see “[sic]”
Is there a way to 'quietly edit' without misquoting?
Mar
6
comment Quoting poor English in a news article? I don't often see “[sic]”
I see. So, is correcting the English common practice?