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comment “Karma is a bitch”
@tchrist: (Disclaimer: I find your comment rather opaque, but will do my best.) I don't think the sentence "Karma's a bitch" is at all "inappropriate for respectful discourse". It's slang, but not offensive. (Multiple dictionaries agree on that.) If you think that that makes me an unreasonable person, then so be it.
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comment Thrice or triple?
It's true that "I have seen you triple today" doesn't work, but there are some subtleties. Consider Seinfeld's "Did you just double-dip that chip?" [link]
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comment “Karma is a bitch”
@tchrist: There are lots of things that an adult will not accept from a ten-year-old: "shut up", "go away", "penis", "vagina". This certainly does not "tell you all you need to know". The rules of communication between adults are different. (That's not to say that it's completely unrelated. But it's not enough.)
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comment What is the difference between a 'rocket' and a 'missile'
+1. Nowadays, "missile" in a military context usually implies "guided missile" unless otherwise specified. (One would specify otherwise by saying, for example, "ballistic missile".)
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comment What is the difference between a 'rocket' and a 'missile'
@placeholder: It is, and it isn't. The technical definition of jet engine certainly does include rocket engines; but the everyday understanding of the term does not.
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answered “So” as a conjunction
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comment “Karma is a bitch”
Did you actually write b*tch, with the asterisk? If so, then it's really you who decided that it was inappropriate, and they simply agreed with you.
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comment “Karma is a bitch”
@Henry74: That link is very helpful. As you can see from the answers there, this sense of bitch is not considered offensive by major dictionaries (unlike the sense that you are thinking of). So it seems that the credit union erred.
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comment How to hear the pronunciation of words in a PDF?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about any of the topics mentioned at english.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic
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answered What does ‘Reverse fig leaf” mean?
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comment meaning of “no earlier than x months from …”
@bobtato: That's really interesting; I've never heard of any difficulty like that. Do you happen to have any relevant references?
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comment meaning of “no earlier than x months from …”
Part of the OP's question is "What do they mean?", so if you find them easy to understand, you should answer that part. :-)
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comment meaning of “no earlier than x months from …”
@bobtato: Sorry, but "double negation" clearly isn't what you mean, since there's only one negation. Can you clarify what you do mean?
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answered meaning of “no earlier than x months from …”
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comment Is there English word corresponding to Japanese “Bureikoh” meaning an occasion you can talk freely disregarding status and position?
@PatrickM: Re: "a military or para-military command structure is the only place I would expect someone to ask permission to speak their mind": With that phrasing, sure -- especially the exact word permission -- but in civilian life, I wouldn't find anything strange about "Can I be honest?" or "May I be blunt?"
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answered Antonyms of “meliorism”
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comment Use of the en dash instead of the hyphen in compound adjectives
Are we allowed to suggest rephrasing? ("[...] proposed a search method making use of a water-filling factor [...]")
Jun
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answered Difference between “ad hoc” and “impromptu”