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May
17
comment What is the English version of the Vietnamese idiom “như cá nằm trên thớt” - “like a fish on cutting board”
@Abecedarian as a heads up, I've asked whether the Vietnamese and Japanese phrases are related on the Japanese language stack exchange: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/24360/…
May
16
comment What is the English version of the Vietnamese idiom “như cá nằm trên thớt” - “like a fish on cutting board”
@Mitch is the Pope Catholic?
May
5
comment How is the past tense of “error” spelt in British English?
@Mari-LouA I don't appreciate threats.
May
5
comment How is the past tense of “error” spelt in British English?
@Mari-LouA No, yes.
May
5
comment How is the past tense of “error” spelt in British English?
@Mari-LouA there wasn't a strong consensus that "error" can't be verbed.
May
3
comment Phrases like “Fifth Beatle” or “Fourth estate”
I'm looking for a term describing such phrases, not additional examples.
May
1
comment Difference between “Thanking you” and “Thank you”?
Indian English tends to use "-ing" more often than British English or American English. Maybe that was part of your friend's concern.
Apr
27
comment What is a “hot meal”?
I don't know why this is being closevoted - the only onelook.com match is from the very unreliable Urban Dictionary.
Apr
25
comment What is a word for a person who thinks they are going to fail?
Not an answer, but related term: impostor syndrome
Apr
24
comment Antonym of copypasta
@Mari-LouA Maybe I could do a copypasta of Yoichi Oishi's question ;) english.stackexchange.com/q/113155/1420
Apr
24
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Liquid state drive? Gaseous state drive? Legacy? :)
Apr
11
comment Is “stepmother treatment” Indian English?
Relevant TV Tropes entry: Wicked Stepmother
Apr
3
comment What is the word for using something for other than its intended purpose?
As a biologist, I'd be more inclined to refer to an original purpose rather than intended purpose - "intention" (and to a lesser extent, "purpose") sounds like intelligent design.
Mar
28
comment Are there shibboleths specific to native Russian speakers?
Not so much a shibboleth, as a well-known example of one: "Please, please - We're looking for the naval base in Alameda can you tell us where the nuclear wessels are?"
Mar
26
comment Is there an American term for a group of elitist schools, similar to the abbreviation “Oxbridge”?
Equivalent term for Australia: Sandstone universities
Feb
26
comment What does “Legacy of the void” in terms of “Gray tsunami” mean?
Just out of curiosity - is "tsunami" used metaphorically in Japanese?
Feb
25
comment Word meaning “difficult to eliminate”?
If you want to be creative, you could call it a "Rasputin bug". Grigori Rasputin is perceived by westerners as having been extraordinarily hard to kill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Rasputin
Feb
11
comment Is there a term for reduplication used to disambiguate categorization?
Amusing as it is for this question to be marked "duplicate", I don't think this is a duplicate question.
Feb
9
comment Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?
Speculation: "preference" is more commonly used as a verb in Australian English, because we have preferential voting unlike the UK and the USA, and the allocation of preferences is described as "preferencing".
Jan
10
comment “Housewife” vs. “homemaker”
@mplungjan if I do that google search, I get this question as the first hit. As must many other people - the question has been viewed 29860 times.