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Aug
3
comment Why is liquid a countable noun?
Your second example would seem to be using "beer" as a countable noun to refer to specific kinds of beer. Compare: "The company produces two non-alcoholic beers: a light lager and a darker variant." But then, arguably, that's true for "liquid" in the OP's quote, too.
Jul
31
comment Is it proper to use a colon followed immediately by a hyphen?
Indeed, this answer seems to raise more questions than it answers. Clearly, for this usage to have been taught in schools, it must've been common (and likely even prescribed) style somewhere at some point. When did it change, and why?
Apr
12
comment What do you call the wooden bridge-like structures that make up a harbor?
@AE: That's a good answer. Or it would be, except that it's not an answer, but a comment.
Mar
11
comment What do you call excessive snow?
...or the phrase "snowed in".
Mar
10
comment “Finnish Swedes” or “Swedish Finns”?
@Janus: Oh, it's definitely a lot less showy. Two things that Helsinki lacks, compared to other Nordic capitals, are 1) a genuine medieval old town, like Tallinn and Stockholm have (and Copenhagen used to have, before it burned down in 1795), because it's a much younger city, and 2) the trappings of an old imperial capital, such as a big royal palace and lots of pompous statues of old kings, like both Stockholm and Copenhagen have. There's a presidential palace, which is really just a fancy old converted merchant's house, and one big equestrian statue of C.G.E. Mannerheim. That's all.
Mar
10
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
9
revised How is “erogenous” incorrectly formed?
don't abuse code markup for literal asterisks, use backslashes instead
Mar
9
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Feb
20
awarded  Yearling
Feb
11
comment Word for a leader who rules from behind the scenes?
+1 for "grey eminence", was going to suggest it myself.
Jan
7
awarded  Excavator
Jan
7
revised Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?
fix broken Wiktionary link, add missing "a" to title, improve image alt text
Jan
7
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Jan
7
awarded  Organizer
Jan
7
revised Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
use proper bockquote formatting; better tags and title; misc. copyedits
Jan
7
comment Is there a word similar to “reddening” for the color blue?
Bluing, in a broad sense, is actually still a common part of many laundry detergents. It's just made with fancier chemicals nowadays, and called "optical brightener".
Jan
7
comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
"Cousin sister" does sound fairly natural, and I could readily see it catching on, at least in dialects of English influenced by some other language already using such a construction. But as @rumtscho correctly notes, it's not currently a standard or generally understood kinship term in most varieties of English.
Jan
7
comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
@Raestloz: A lot of languages have that; it's really a peculiarity of English that we have a single word meaning both "sister's son" and "brother's son". The age distinctions seem to be a bit less common, though.
Jan
7
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Dec
1
comment Water caltrop in American English
Well, not with anything edible, at least.