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Mar
13
comment Is there a word that means “multiply by ten”?
That's only an adjective, though, and "denarize" might be confused with "binarize" (make binary) as in make base 10 instead of multiply by 10.
Mar
12
comment Is there a word that means “multiply by ten”?
From Late Latin decuplus (“tenfold”), from Latin decem (“ten”), and plico (“fold”). English is flexible, so it could be verbed; +1.
Mar
5
comment Ways of saying “You don't have to be a rocket scientist”
"Why a four-year-old child could understand this report! Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail of it." - Rufus T. Firefly, Duck Soup, 1933.
Feb
2
comment Break quotation in the middle of a sentence with a complete sentence
Why not this? "Please welcome... our very own John Smith!"
Jan
2
comment Treacle is viscous; alcohol is ____?
According to Google, "watery" is also the antonym of "viscous".
Oct
20
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
Also related: youtube.com/watch?v=u9_kahA_wQo
Oct
17
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
@mskfisher "Let's eat grandma." vs. "Let's eat, grandma." - Punctuation (defined by grammar) saves lives, as is thus not "frivolous and unnecessary".
Oct
8
comment Why are ferries associated with “boat” and never “ship”?
A classic "pirate ship" conflicts with point 7 as it doesn't have engines.
Sep
29
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@PeterShor Then why does Wikipedia say the Shift took place between 1350 and 1700, and not 1840?
Sep
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@Wlerin 1154–1470 indeed. My bad.
Sep
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@Wlerin final -n in many verbal forms (infinitive, plural subjunctive, plural preterite) was lost, e.g. OE cuman > Modern English come (the n remains in some past participles of strong verbs: seen, gone, taken); final -n also lost in possessive adjectives "my" (OE min > ME mi) and "thy" (OE þin > ME þi) and indefinite article "an" before words beginning with consonant (-n remained in the possessive pronouns, e.g. mine)
Sep
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
Are you sure? This page seems to indicate "a" came after 1611.
Sep
25
comment Word for “sitting down heavily?”
Everybody do the flop!
Jul
25
comment Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)
@JohnPeyton SSHing or ssh-ing.
Jun
5
comment An Exocentric compound for Children
In Holland, there are lots of houses with a WC where other houses have a closet: under the stairs.
May
30
comment Is there a verb for remaining silent?
And don't forget the shorter shh!
May
30
comment Is there a verb for remaining silent?
Is "Dim it!" related and used?
May
28
comment Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?
Correct, because a yearly season is not simply marked by Earth's angle regarding the sun.
May
28
comment Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?
"The tropical seasons are broken up into just two: the wet season and the dry season." - Don't they have Spring and Fall?
May
28
comment Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?
That one is more common than "equinoctial" since around 1940.