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Apr
7
comment What special implication does ‘totally’ have in “He’s totally going to call you”?
'he is going to call you' is absolute. 'totally' adds an element of doubt. Even said unironically the statement is LESS certain with the word than without.
Mar
31
comment Word for people who live in the same city
However much you want to obfuscate what you are saying with extraneous words that you have read in a thesaurus, and regardless of it's heritage, the word in question simply does not carry the meaning in common usage. People would not understand your intended implication and while you can try and beautify what you are saying with fancy vocabulary, at the end of the day none of that is any use if you fail to communicate.
Mar
31
comment Word for people who live in the same city
OED lists both definitions with the city based one as the alternate so I'm not sure how you can call that the 'proper' definition and the main usage 'dumbed-down'. Changes in use are not incorrect use and this is not even a recent one. Language evolves, deal with it.
Mar
28
comment Word for people who live in the same city
Citizens is more to do with countries or civilisations than a town/city
Mar
20
answered What is a word to describe a statement that seems meaningless
Mar
19
comment “Since” vs “ever since”
wrong, it narrows the possible meanings rather than emphasising an existing one
Mar
19
comment “Since” vs “ever since”
It does change the meaning to the whole time, rather that at some point within that time
Mar
8
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Mar
7
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
This is technically true but no one is going to think that you follow those religions or likely to be offended by the use. Which I assume was the point of the question? Also it is a quote from Anchorman :)
Mar
6
answered Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Feb
11
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Feb
11
comment Are there racial overtones for the term thug?
@MrLister afraid that is down to your ignorance. Europeans are predominately white so the traditional thug stereotype would be a white bodybuilder in a white vest and flat cap. The guy isn't saying that a thug has to be white, just what his first thought was.
Aug
14
comment “Trawling through” or “trolling through”
Trawling is dragging a net across the whole area to catch a fish. It is more applicable because the analogy is to cover all the ground to find one piece of info.
Feb
19
comment What does the phrase “Lady-Macbethed” mean?
One word: MacGyver'd
Jan
29
comment Is there a term which covers ATM cards, credit cards, and debit cards?
Well in the UK people tend to just say credit card to mean both and assume that everywhere that takes a credit card also accepts debit
Dec
19
comment Is there a single noun in English for “jerry-rigged”?
the term you are looking for an alternative to is "jury-rig"
Oct
23
comment Word for small junk items in household
also oddments .
Sep
11
comment What's the idiom for getting lost in a (malfunctioning) bureaucracy?
'The request was drowned in red tape' also common
Apr
19
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Dec
8
comment Is “must” ever grammatical as a past tense verb?
In your 3rd example it is not must that is incorrect but go