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Feb
1
comment Should I state “the data are,” or “the data is.”
Was this prompted by this tweet?
Jan
31
comment How do some people develop the tendency to overuse particular words?
Your teacher ought to have become a politician!
Jan
25
comment What is the appropriate word to describe society's toughest problem?
"Wicked" is generally used for largely pleasant intellectual challenges (like P = NP) rather than social problems that have real-life consequences.
Jan
24
comment Since when has “J” been sounding like [dʒ] and no longer “Y”
"romaji" is usually only used in the context of discussing Japanese, and is spelt without an "n" (I used to make to make the same mistake).
Jan
22
comment Opposite of smartwatch
Dumbphones also have a computer inside.
Jan
20
comment What does “tell you love your honey” mean?
I suspect the English in this tweet is bad, and not by a native speaker.
Jan
19
comment Opposite of smartwatch
@jera I wasn't doing a copycat of that question - someone else was talking about watches and it made me wonder about this topic.
Jan
19
comment A Less Offensive Word For Crippled Beggar?
Was the person deliberately maimed by a begging ringleader, or injured from an unrelated accident or illness?
Jan
19
comment Opposite of smartwatch
But watches have been easy to replace - with mobile phones.
Jan
19
comment Opposite of smartwatch
Future question on ELU: "hypernym of digital and analogue watches".
Jan
19
comment Phrase when you offer someone something but it's really them who are paying for it
I suppose Dutch wouldn't have the phrase "Dutch treat", would it? (Maybe "English treat"?)
Jan
18
comment Word or phrase for “it won't change anything, but we'll protest anyways”
Doing it for the principle?
Jan
18
comment Are there any “fake” French words used in English?
Pintel: "Parley? Damn to the depths whatever man that thought up parley!" Jack: "That would be the French."
Jan
16
comment Is “laser-focused” a new word?
As background, the metaphor has gone back further in time. For example, this journal from 1977 has "laser-like focus".
Jan
16
comment Which animals can and can't be prefixed with “she-”?
@PeterShor she-New Mexico whiptail would be rather monocephalic-esque.
Jan
16
comment Why is the euphemism “comfort women” so heavily used?
At the back of my mind, I was wondering whether "comfort women" is a euphemism. I'm not sure whether I agree with this logic, but it's given me pause for thought.
Jan
6
comment Why is the euphemism “comfort women” so heavily used?
I'm referring to the sentence "The word comfort was also used to describe Japanese prostitute stations set up for occupying Allied troops immediately following Word War II.". I don't doubt that terms in Japanese were used post-war that, if translated to English, could potentially contain the word "comfort", but I'm doubtful as to whether the word "comfort" was used in English at that time to describe post-WWII facilities.
Jan
6
comment Why is the euphemism “comfort women” so heavily used?
I think "Special Comfort Facility Association" is Wikipedia providing a literal translation of a Japanese term, rather than indicating "comfort" was used in that context at that time.
Jan
2
comment Are countries either “developed” or “developing”?
@curiousdannii I do now.
Dec
24
comment Which historical figure did the first “further to the right than X” hyperbole figure?
@curiousdannii because they don't usually go on to slaughter millions of people.