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comment Proper response to “Do the needful”, when the “needful” might not be clearly defined
@DanBron: I don't think it's specifically native speakers who should object to this idiom, since they have the equivalent do what's necessary or do what needs to be done.
Jul
25
asked Is “banker friend” a noun adjunct, or something else?
Jul
24
comment How to use the word “magistricide”?
There's an old joke exploiting this ambiguity: "Why did the ant spray himself with Raid? He wanted to commit insecticide."
Jul
24
comment How to use the word “magistricide”?
Note that there are two slightly different paradigms in these -cide words: some of them (homicide, regicide) mean "the act of killing" (Joe is guilty of homicide) or, more archaically, a person who kills (Macbeth was a regicide); but others (pesticide, herbicide) mean "a substance that kills". In this case it should be clear from context that magistricide would be the former, unless you were being jocular (he put magistricide in his teacher's coffee).
Jul
23
revised Why “Koran” changed to “Quran”?
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Jul
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Jul
7
comment Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'
I have a vague impression that cleaner is more common in BrE, and less used in AmE.
Jul
7
answered Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)
Jul
7
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
6
comment Using archaic (obsolete) words for decimal penny
This post is confusing as it seems to mix up old-style "pence" and decimal "p". Also, my understanding is that the sovereign always had a face value of one pound; it is the guinea which had a value of one pound one shilling.
Jul
6
comment What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?
It's worth noting that although this meaning of do for is not to be understood sexually (as in Jim's comment on chasly's answer), its potential as a double entendre has certainly not been overlooked.
Jul
5
revised What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?
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Jul
5
comment What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?
@Ben: There were several earlier citations as well, going back to the mid-1800's, I believe. I just chose one that I thought best illustrated the usage.
Jul
5
answered What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?
Jul
5
comment Old timers referring to a “bad penny”
Welcome to English.SE. Previous answers have given evidence of this phrase in use in the mid-1700s, so Gallagher, who lived from 1948-1995, clearly cannot be the originator.
Jul
4
comment Replacement For “Drive Someone Nuts”
When you start a paragraph with a > symbol, the Markdown system used on this site formats it like a quotation. So please don't do that unless you really are quoting from another source.
Jul
4
revised Replacement For “Drive Someone Nuts”
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Jul
4
comment Origin of the phrase “it’s been years if it’s been a day”?
Note that when you copy and paste a comment to make an answer, you have to put the links back in by hand.
Jul
4
revised Origin of the phrase “it’s been years if it’s been a day”?
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