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answered Medium or medium-sized?
Nov
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answered Can I use “and” more than once in this case?
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answered Are English speakers from post-colonial countries considered native speakers?
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Oct
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comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
@macraf Maybe I misunderstood your question. I'd think that someone who is constantly interrupting others and not allowing them to speak would be called "rude". Maybe I'm missing the intent of the description you gave.
Oct
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comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
I've heard "high maintenance woman" used in both emotional and financial contexts. But either way, "demanding a lot of attention" and "being rude and dominating conversations" are not at all the same thing. A person could easily be "high maintenance" and at the same time be very quiet and submissive.
Oct
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comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
Not normally used to refer to a family context though. We talk about a woman being the queen bee of the office or the queen bee of her sorority, but rarely of her family. And not necessarily rude, just in charge.
Oct
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comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
I don't think "matriarch" has the right connotations. The word "matriarch" is used to describe a woman with authority in a family. She is not necessarily lording it over her husband. It's not at all disconcerting to say, "Bob and Sally were the patriarch and matriarch of the Jones clan." And more to the point, it doesn't have the connotations of being rude and interrupting.
Oct
23
comment Correct use of semi-colon
Yes, if you're using it as an adjective, then don't use a semi-colon because the second clause could not stand as an independent sentence (nor satisfy one of the other conditions where a semi-colon is appropriate). You could simply change it to a comma.
Oct
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comment proper usage of the word 'blitzkrieg'
@HotLicks As I have always understood the terms, "blitzkrieg" referred not to a bombing raid but to a ground offensive, with tactics that included air power but also tanks, artillery, etc. "The blitz" was a term the British used for the bombing of Britain. I don't know if the Germans used that terms.
Oct
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comment proper usage of the word 'blitzkrieg'
No one says "let's Pearl Harbor this paperwork" because we don't use "Pearl Harbor" as a verb. But Americans often do say things like, "Wow, we didn't expect Foobar Company's new product to cut into our sales that much. That was a real Pearl Harbor on the widget market." I don't recall ever hearing someone use "9/11" as a metaphor for anything non-military. Whether that's because people consider it inappropriate or just because it hasn't caught on is hard to say.
Oct
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comment proper usage of the word 'blitzkrieg'
I don't want to get into an argument about it, obviously what offends someone can be highly subjective. But Americans to this day routinely use "Pearl Harbor" to mean "something bad that happened without warning". So I don't think the issue is whether the person's own country suffered. At least there's more to it than that.
Oct
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answered Correct use of semi-colon
Oct
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answered proper usage of the word 'blitzkrieg'
Oct
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comment Forming valid one word sentences
The issue is not an arbitrary rule that a sentence must contain at least 14 letters or some such, but rather that a sentence must contain a subject and a verb. If it has no subject, then who is doing the action? If it has no verb, then what are they doing? Imperatives can be just one word because the subject is an implied "you". A very long string of words could fail this test, like "The large gray house on the top of the hill with flowers all around and a long winding driveway" is not a complete sentence because it has no verb.
Oct
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comment If cow = beef, pig = pork, and deer = venison, then where is the word for human = [flesh as food source]?
@JDługosz But "poultry" doesn't mean just the meat from chicken, turkies, etc. It can also refer to the live creatures. Personally I've never heard someone refer to bison meat as "beef". The grocery store certainly gives it a different label, namely "bison". On the other hand, farmers sometimes refer to cows as "beef", as in, "How many beef do you have on your farm?" At least they did when I went to college in Pennsylvania and had friends whose parents were farmers.
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comment What is the name of a small unluxurious restaurant?
A "hole in the wall" could also be a bar. RE "shop", I don't think I'd refer to a small convenience store as a hole in the wall, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone did. I might well use the phrase for an unusual sort of small store, like a comic book store or something like that. Also, note that's a highly informal term. I wouldn't expect the Commerce Department to use it in official report. :-)
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