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comment Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope
Elope is unsuitable for your purposes not because it refers to underage participants or running away or anything like that (because it doesn't), but because it refers to the wedding only, and you want a word for a marriage.
Jun
25
comment Let not A nor B or Let neither A nor B?
Your quote doesn't match your question. "Let not our laughter nor our stride falter" is perfectly fine, if a bit archaic. "Let nor our laughter..." would be totally wrong.
Jun
23
comment What do you call it when it's not raining, but the atmosphere causes everything to be wet?
The dictionaries I've found define this word as "dreary, bleak, miserable". While I suppose it's-so-humid-that-I'm-getting-wet is a pretty miserable state of the weather, that's not the primary implication being sought.
Jun
21
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Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
@GoodA.M.: this question is now eligible for a bounty.
Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
I was going to suggest chivalrous, but (1) there are already way too many answers, (2) it still carries a whiff of masculinity, albeit less than gentlemanly does, and (3) I like Centzon's suggestion of courteous much more (and Josh61's well-mannered suggestion is pretty good too).
Jun
16
revised Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
use-mention distinction, added link to etymology
Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
That's only one of many different acts that constitute behavior that is called "gentlemanly". Would you call someone holding open a door "generous"? If not, then this is not a good fit for what the OP wants.
Jun
15
comment What do you call a building, or rooms within it, where doctors see their patients?
Just to agree: surgery is either the OR, or the activity performed in it. Either way, scalpels will be involved. You visit the doctor at her office (if she's the only MD there) or her clinic (if multiple doctors share the space). The actual room with the exam table, scale, etc. is called the exam room or examination room. IME, medical center is a hospital plus all the medical facilities that have grown up around it. Health center is either the free clinic on a college campus, or it's an "alternative medicine" facility.
Jun
14
comment Is “key” as an adjective, meaning “crucial”, standard in American English?
I'm not sure what references I can site (hence comment, not answer), but this born-and-raised American certainly thinks key=crucial is a common, everyday word.
Jun
14
comment Why soothe a savage breast?
@LittleEva: yes, there is. If you believe the question is general reference, you may refer the OP to an actual general reference source (dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia) that contains the answer. A list of webpages as returned by a search engine is not a valid general reference source. (Hint: the issue is reliability. How is the OP supposed to separate the wheat from the chaff that is ever so abundant on the internet?)
Jun
13
comment Why soothe a savage breast?
@LittleEva: careful there. Google isn't a valid General Reference source for any question that's on-topic on ELU.
Jun
10
comment Word for almost black and almost white
Off-black is a shade of gray that's indistinguishable from true black unless you put something that's black next to it. Off-white is similar, but on the other end of the brightness scale. (I don't understand why it was difficult to tell what was being asked here.)
Jun
6
answered Is “planting tomatoes” a Metonymy or Synecdoche?
Jun
6
comment Is “planting tomatoes” a Metonymy or Synecdoche?
In real life, there isn't really a meaningful difference between metonymy and synecdoche, but that's immaterial: planting tomatoes is neither.
Jun
5
reviewed Looks OK In time or on time
Jun
5
reviewed Close Difference between Can you please explain me or Could you please explain me
Jun
5
reviewed Looks OK What word describes the process of a ship being slowly “swallowed” in the sea?
Jun
5
reviewed Looks OK What is a synonym for “conscious of reputation”?
Jun
5
reviewed Looks OK “Either your dog or your cat eats” vs. “Either your dog or cat eats”