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Apr
21
comment Original Meaning of Blood is thicker than water, is it real?
@andy256 I think he is saying that this phrase has its origin in a time when the vast majority of the western world considered itself Christian and baptism was the mark of citizenship in the nation. This is actually quite credible.
May
10
comment Antonym of coterminous, or single word for “having the same beginning”
@ermanen Hm, interesting. Did it mean that historically? I sometimes learn my big words from old books, though I can't say where exactly I picked up "coterminous".
May
9
comment Antonym for gormless?
A post like this would almost seem to be self-contradictory. Either that, or the malady ironically cured itself. :)
Dec
1
comment Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
@StoneyB Yes! an example from Shakespeare! Thank you.
Dec
1
comment Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
What about catachretic simile? +1
Dec
1
comment Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
Not sure why the downvote. Even though I don't think that's exactly right, I can certainly see that those are related, so +1.
Dec
1
comment Frequent use of word not found in dictionary, “programatically.”
The dictionary?!
Oct
17
comment Is there a word that describes when you are unable to remember the word you want to say?
Those are both considered disorders; see aphasia and dysnomia. I'm not sure the question refers to a disorder.
Oct
9
comment Why is it called an “Indian file”?
This doesn't explain why it is called Indian, which is the focus of the question.
Sep
25
comment Difference between lexicon and dictionary
@tchrist Thanks. That is a very helpful addition to my answer. I need to remember that I have the OAD and OED on my Kindle now. :)
Apr
4
comment Etymology of “magma” in abstract algebra
@Mitch In the case of those other algebraic structures, they make some sense: a group is a set and a binary operation put together in a certain way...okay, I can see that. Etc.
Mar
28
comment Which is the proper spelling: “disfunction” or “dysfunction”?
@Thursagen We might distinguish between different types of linguistic correctness—it's not an absolute concept, after all. I would argue that we could look at etymological correctness versus common usage correctness, etc...
Mar
28
comment Is a “misspelled” word which subsequently creates another word still considered misspelled?
I think your question correctly insinuates that this is a case of technology affecting our view of language. I think that "word" where "world" was meant is a misspelling.
Oct
31
comment Word for “to make changeable”
This is where you just make up your own word: unimmutabilize