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Apr
16
comment What to call a winged unicorn?
Now that too localised is no longer a valid close reason, could this get reopened.
Sep
26
comment Help me to stop saying 'Man up!'?
I'm looking for something that fits in well with everyday speech.
Sep
15
comment Term for when a rhyming word is unspoken?
That's actually a poor example as they finish the rhyme but meld it with another word. That's distinct from what I'm referring to.
Sep
14
comment Term for when a rhyming word is unspoken?
@sumelic mind-rhyme sounds like it fits the bill. If you can source it might make a decent answer.
Jun
25
comment A word that encompasses buying and selling?
Could you explain why?
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