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Apr
6
comment What would I call my friend's personality?
Your in love, in a weird, obsessive way.
Apr
6
comment What do we call this type of person?
"Tight" (refers to money only).
Apr
6
comment Finding a more common word for “mundanity”
Or 'my mundane job had me....'...avoids 'mundanity' which sounds a bit stilted.
Apr
6
comment Idiom for someone who forgets their roots
I agree nouveau riche is good for the first situation too, although it has connotations more of someone who becomes wealthy, but has no idea how to engender the behaviours of those born to wealth. It implies a certain tackiness, and bad and ostetatious taste. The Russian oligarch and his blatant display of wealth is a common archetype when describing this kind of person. For the second situation, 'user' is a colloquail, if inexact term. A 'user' climbs socially or professionally, then forgets the people 'used' to get himself'herself there.
Apr
6
comment Any English equivalent for the Persian idiom “to play dead like a mouse”?
There is a phrase in English that is not exactly what you're looking for, but can be used in this situation. Using your first example you could say "When the bully got to the principal's office, he was all sweetness and light. 'All sweetness and light' means behaving innocently to fool someone about your real intentions/behaviour. This might be a UK/Australian thing - I haven't heard it in the US. "Playing possum" is irrelevant here, it means playing dead to avoid a threat to oneself.
Jan
5
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Jan
5
comment What is the word for when somebody is lying, yet they believe someone else telling a similar lie?
Lol at people looking for validation on these sites! An answer to this question won't solve a train wreck social situations.
Jan
5
answered Phrase for when someone leaves a group/place in an unusually quick manner
Jan
5
comment “Love is for real” or “Love is real”
Both phrases sound as inane as "do you believe in love?". Apart from teenagers, who says things like this, and what's their IQ?
Jan
5
answered What is the etymology of “Tough titty”
Jan
5
answered Looking for a neutral adjective to describe something covered by a gel-like substance?
Jan
5
comment How to finish a letter in a conciliatory manner
Agree FumbkeFingers - it's asking people to invent something the OP should come up with.
Jan
5
answered How to finish a letter in a conciliatory manner
Jan
3
answered How can I answer “How is it there?”
Jan
3
comment What's the word to describe when movies try hard to evoke emotion?
"Overwrought" is specific, but clos(ish). "Mawkish" as Martin Smith mentioned is a good recommendation.
Jan
3
answered What's difference between “I am usually doing something” and “I usually do something”?
Sep
23
comment Is there a way to say “the opposite of a statement is not true”?
If that's not a phrase, it should be!
Sep
23
answered “low educated”? “poorly educated”? Other
Sep
23
comment If you use semicolons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?
Using more than one semicolon or colon in a sentence looks odd. One is enough: reword the sentence to avoid more than one.
Sep
23
answered “Easy” vs. “simple”