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May
22
comment Meaning and origin of “bite the bullet”
It's worth noting that the lead bullets would be considerably softer than modern day bullets.
May
19
comment Can you sort by random?
I think all that's happened is you've missed the implied article (in this case 'a'). @J.R. is right, it's a case of bad parsing (common computer problem).
May
8
comment How did the archaic 'villein' transform into villain?
"went from describing people of actual low social class, to describing behavior that was seen as "low-class", and with that negativity having taken root, was further expanded to refer to actual evil actions." This explains it!
May
8
comment How did the archaic 'villein' transform into villain?
The analogy with knave is very explanatory. What, I guess I'm not aware of is the old use of Villain to mean someone other than this.
May
7
comment How did the archaic 'villein' transform into villain?
@Josh61 Why do people post half answers as comments??
Apr
10
comment An adjective or a single word that means something is “new” and “different” at the same time
I'd say that using new Object() twice would (in most cases) create the same object though, not different ones.
Feb
27
comment I've said it once, I've said it twice, I've said it a thousand times: English doesn't make sense
Google NGrams backs you up here
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
@Josh61 What's BOP?
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
@BrianHitchcock I think, because the 'Father-Son' pattern is more closely associated with 'Master-Apprentice', which is a) what I'm after, and b) culturally more well worn and has, in my mind at least, a positive connotation. Women on the other have culturally been more oppressed by 'Father-Daughter' patterns in language, for instance referring to yourself as a woman's 'Daddy'.
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
@kris but it's sometimes offensive when used to strangers, subordinates, etc. so not appropriate considering that 'son' is almost always used for subordinates when using the male equivalent 'son'.
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
@Kris Is that on the 'Son' or 'Daughter' entry?
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
@BrianHitchcock this I think is quite explicable...
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
One is friendlier. One is more formal. Could you give an example where you'd use that form of address in everyday life?
Feb
3
comment Familiar form of address for a young, subordinate, woman that connotes respect (Female equivalent to 'Son')
See my edit. It's not enough to be 'related as if by the ties binding daughter to parent.' that's often not the case with the 'familiar form of address'. But thanks for link me to that, it's helped me narrow my question scope.
Jan
23
comment Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?
@skymninge I don't see that here, in my experience emulators often run on better hardware giving an overal increase in performance
Jan
23
comment Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?
@Oldbag try emulator
Nov
27
comment Releasatory? Releaseful?
Is this not normally a positive emotion Vita a negative process? Or is that a connotation that I've picked up myself?
Aug
28
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
@araucaria I have never in my life as a native English speaker phrased a question like "the boss around here is who?"
Aug
27
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
@araucaria I have no qualms over reversing subject and complement to better the flow of an utterance. In response to Who is that? I would respond He is the king of Spain.
Aug
27
comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
@araucaria I'd never reply "it's him", is say "he is the boss" mandating the 'who' choice.