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comment Someone who is cunning but depicts themselves as innocent to others
I would say that "depicts themselves as innocent to others" is almost inherent in the meaning of "cunning".
May
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comment Why do we say kith & kin and not kin & kith?
Some of the verb binomials are irreversible because they specify two actions that have to be done in a particular order. For example, a robber shouting "Stand and deliver" is asking his victims to first stand (stop moving), and then deliver (hand over their valuables). Asking them to deliver and then stand would be silly. "Wait and see" is similar.
May
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revised What does “Possibly being eaten by Diana” mean? Thanks
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May
10
comment Does MEMO mean memory?
Your favorite dictionary can help here...
Apr
27
comment Why do you “cut” a check?
I think there is a related idiom in US military slang, where to cut an order means to formally draw up and issue the order. E.g. "Sergeant Jones, I want you to fly to Elbonia tonight. Private Jenkins, please cut him a travel order." However, I'm having trouble finding citations; most Google hits are about ordering a cut (reduction) in spending.
Apr
27
comment How do I express the action of working as a teaching assistant (i.e. TAing) professionally?
@EdwinAshworth: I don't think you will find it in a dictionary, but I can attest it is in common use as jargon in US university settings, so the OP is not inventing it. Of course, people outside this setting may not know that, and indeed may not understand the abbreviation at all.
Apr
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answered What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?
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Apr
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answered Adjective describing a person who has lots of children, not “fertile”
Apr
21
revised Why “inspector general”, and not “general inspector”, like German “Generalinspektor”?
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Apr
17
answered What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?
Apr
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comment What is the bestiary equivalent for plants
Out of curiosity, was there a distinction between beast and animal? In modern English they are essentially synonyms.
Mar
30
comment How common is the term “boondoggle”? And what are its origins?
@BrianHitchcock: I don't think this is a different meaning. I think the use of "boondoggle" here is asking about the possibility that "attaching OJ's right to publicity" is a worthless legal strategy, which a lawyer convinced Goldman to pursue just so that the lawyer could bill Goldman for more work. In other words, the strategy isn't going to make money, and Goldman is being swindled. This seems to fit perfectly with the usual definition of boondoggle as "an unnecessary or wasteful project".
Mar
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revised Word for a person who brings a guest
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Mar
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asked Word for a person who brings a guest
Mar
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comment Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?
The use of completionist, as far as I can tell, seems to be restricted to gamer subculture. But the similar word completist, meaning "one who wants to make something complete, such as a collection" is mainstream, though somewhat uncommon, and apppears in published dictionaries.
Feb
25
comment What do you call a cylinder with a hole down the center?
@rajah9: That assumes OP is doing topology. If he/she is doing geometry instead, torus would be completely wrong.
Feb
25
comment What do you call a cylinder with a hole down the center?
@jdlugosz: In technical mathematical writing, annulus is the recognized term for the 2-dimensional shape, partly because ring is used in mathematics for something completely different.
Feb
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Feb
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comment A wife who knows and accepts her husband's infidelity
Do you want words that specifically refer to marital infidelity, or would you accept more general words or phrases describing someone who tolerates ill treatment? In the latter case, long-suffering might work.