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Dec
22
comment Does “in” mean “after” in “The passport will expire in 2 years”?
I always took "In two years" to be a shortening of "In two years' time." Or perhaps "In the time it takes the Earth to pass twice around our sun, the passport will expire." In, in your sentence, is defined over on OxfordDictionaries as "Expressing the length of time before a future event is expected to happen." No indication as to when that definition was added, though.
Dec
10
comment Synonym for “like a dragon” or dragon-like (dragonish?)
@FumbleFingers you got me. I was sure a wyrm is a thing, and I would've gone for wyvern instead of wivern. I've removed the contentious word from my answer until I have a chance to do more research.
Dec
10
comment Synonym for “like a dragon” or dragon-like (dragonish?)
I had an image in my mind's eye of a huge, graceful dragon lazing by a lake at night, possibly swirling the water into little whirlpools with her claws. Damselfly doesn't quite fit!
Dec
10
comment Synonym for “like a dragon” or dragon-like (dragonish?)
Nice! I love that. Her dracontine wings shimmered in the moonlight.
Sep
9
comment What is a word for someone who intentionally ignores other people a lot?
+1 for deaf. As someone who finds it difficult to hear when there is a lot of background noise, I expect I have been misunderstood as aloof or snobbish or simply rude in the past. In reality, I just haven't heard what's been said (or I've misunderstood what's been said), so I've either responded with an apparently tangential or unconnected reply, or failed to respond.
Feb
8
comment Are “Fish in a barrel” and “Sitting ducks” similar?
If the fish had guns, they'd get all their ducks in a row and save on ammo.
Oct
7
comment Is there a passive for the sentence “Be quiet.”?
How about "It would be wonderful if quietness was observed, now."?
Sep
26
comment Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?
+1 for the short-wave radio operator example :D
Sep
26
comment Pronouncing x in the name of a CD product
@Hellion I'm a geek too, and I've heard it called speed and times in equal measure and hardly ever ecks. shrugs I'd probably opt for speed, although in your example: 48 speed CD-ROM, 2 times compression.
Sep
4
comment “For <xxx> sake” - which variant is more common?
Shouldn't the third option be "for Jesus' sake"? But either way, my vote would (sadly) go for "for f**k's sake", often abbreviated to "ffs" and used very frequently in common language on the internet.
Jul
27
comment A word for something that is both useful and beautiful
@AlbeyAmakiir I love that reference. Am I correct in thinking it implies that anything that is beautiful is intrinsically useful?
Jun
1
comment Does the term “garbledy gook” have racist origins?
Why did you add that as a comment and not an answer?
May
31
comment A text has an introduction, a body, and a …?
Blurb would be more like a summary or abstract. Plus isn't it a bit colloquial?
Mar
8
comment Change of Number(?) for “does” used with “this”
But why was the word "needs" in the first sentence? Presumably the first sentence could be re-written "This will need to come out eventually.". Is the absence of "will" responsible for the need for the extra "s"?
Feb
29
comment What is the word to describe “the gaining of full control over an ability or power you already have”?
I reluctantly agree with @sam. Absolute control cannot exist without complete understanding, but complete understanding does not necessarily imply absolute control.
Jan
9
comment What's the opposite of “concatenate” in programming?
@Gnawme decapitation is usually only one-way. On a similar, but completely unrelated tangent, if you "decapitulate", is that the same as surrendering, then (whilst your enemy is patting you down to look for hidden weapons) kneeing him or her in the private parts? (I'll stop now...)
Jan
6
comment What does “tell us know what you think” mean?
+1 for spell-checker auto-"correcting" to a grammatically incorrect sentence. That's exactly how I would assume such a sentence would come about. Except in cases where the author has read someone else's mistake elsewhere and thinks it means something.. :D
Jan
6
comment What's the opposite of “concatenate” in programming?
Not to be confused with "decapitate" ^^
Jan
6
comment “If you or your colleague has” or “If you or your colleague have”?
On second thoughts... technically "you" is singular in this case, and so is "your colleague"...
Jan
6
comment “If you or your colleague has” or “If you or your colleague have”?
Good explanation, good citation and it happens to agree with the result I chose. Cheers @Jay I should have mentioned I was looking for the British English definition, but that's my fault, not yours or anyone else's :)