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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 religions 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”?
Jun
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
25
answered Atheist/agnostic form of expressing condolences
Jun
24
comment What's the word for paper “decaying”?
I like the suggestion of the word degradation (or the verb degrade). But the discussion of how degradation actually occurs, while interesting, is off-topic for English.SE and not relevant to the question at hand.
Jun
21
comment Is the usage of “ma'am” in the Philippines correct?
A correction: at least in US English, Ms. is not considered to be abbreviation for Miss, but rather a separate honorific. Miss connotes that the woman being addressed is unmarried; Ms. is intended to carry no connotations about marital status. They are also pronounced differently: Miss has a hard s sound, while Ms is pronounced Mizz.
Jun
17
comment What does “There she blows’” mean?
As in Tim Lymington's answer, "thar" in this case is just a dialect pronunciation of "there". (Even in my copy of Moby-Dick it is spelled "there".)
Jun
15
comment What is the name of someone who was something before you?
Wouldn't Hitler's prepossessor be a person who previously possessed Hitler? That doesn't seem to be what the asker wants.
Jun
13
comment “Referee” vs. “umpire” vs. “judge”
This is a good point. It seems that referees and umpires are expected to make objective judgments to the best of their ability (was the ball caught? was the player out of bounds?) while judges are asked to make subjective decisions (how graceful was that triple axel?).
Jun
12
comment What's the exact meaning of “flat eyes”?
Most of the Google Books hits for "flat eyes" are about insects or potatoes.
Jun
11
comment How do you hyphenate 'branches'?
@minitech: Of course, bran is also a word, so by that token bran-ches would also be ruled out. I have never before heard of this practice for hyphenation; do you have a reference?
Jun
7
comment “These are my children who want me to…” or “It's my children who want me to…”? And why?
In other words, you might think you wouldn't be allowed to represent my children with it in the the first place, but would have to use they or these or those or something else.