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comment Figurative alternative to “have the conch” (the right to speak)
You mean you don't want to compare your colleagues to a murderous pack of feral schoolboys? Why ever not?
Sep
5
answered Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition
Sep
1
comment Etymology of the “Chicago Seven” construction
Aha! "Quantified groups of defendants." I would never have guessed to search for that. Thanks, this is a very big step.
Sep
1
awarded  Curious
Aug
31
comment Etymology of the “Chicago Seven” construction
Would the downvoter care to explain, or suggest improvements? I have done my best to state the question clearly, I hope it is useful, and I am unsure where I would start in trying to research it. (Google for "city number" is unhelpful for obvious reasons.)
Aug
31
asked Etymology of the “Chicago Seven” construction
Aug
27
comment Is the phrase 'at your Beckon Call' marked with servitude or with politeness?
I believe I once read a science fiction novel (possibly one of Zahn's Star Wars novels) involving a device that would summon a starship to automatically fly to its owner. The device was called a beckon call, presumably a nod to this eggcorn.
Aug
25
comment What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”
@RussellBorogove: Maybe we need more context?
Aug
20
comment What is the term for calling off a war when you are winning?
@EdwinAshworth: Permanent in this context presumably means "has continued to this day and appears likely to continue indefinitely".
Aug
8
comment is “ up on your mountain top” an idiom,
Can you give a specific example of a statement to which this might be the reply? (Also, your question would be easier to read if you would proofread it for spelling, punctuation, and so on; this is English.SE, after all.)
Jul
28
comment Art and Culture are to “Philistine” as Feeling and Compassion are to what?
Perhaps an even better parallel, sans geekery, would be stoic (definition).
Jul
28
comment Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?
How about "grumpy beyond his years"?
Jul
23
comment More emphatic term for “Expert”?
From total ignorance: is sensei gendered in Japanese?
Jul
18
comment Is “for short” correct?
Acceptable to whom? It's certainly acceptable to the millions of speakers who use it every day.
Jul
18
comment Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?
Indeed, vacuous is also used in mathematics and logic to describe statements of the form "If A then B" in which the antecedent A is impossible to satisfy. That fits the current situation very closely, as the claim is that the antecedent "being stranded on a desert island" will never happen.
Jul
8
comment What is the difference between “citizen” and “denizen”
What have "corporate persons" got to do with a simple choice between two words?
Jul
8
comment Single-word adjective for “which should be repaired”
Take a cue from Wonderland and write FIXME. For the other one, how about just OK?
Jul
8
comment Can you place “so” after an adjective for emphasis?
You might be thinking of a usage like It is better so. In this case, so is a synonym for thus, and the sentence means something like It is better this way. But it's not just an emphatic version of It is better.
Jul
3
comment If Atheism is the rejection of all deities equally what is the polar opposite?
I found the same definition in Merriam-Webster; could you please credit the source?
Jun
27
answered Is there a word for “re-parent”?