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Apr
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comment More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?
@Lawrence - I don't think medium necessarily connotes just right in this case. It simply means *in between smaller and larger.
Mar
17
comment What is a person (not a company) who provides a service called?
The fact that "Service Provider" has become shorthand for "Internet Service Provider" (ISP) in the internet context shouldn't take away from the general meaning of the words, despite what many (maybe most) of the internet-centric dictionaries say. If your audience can't determine from your own context that you are not describing something else, you need to provide better context, that's all.
Mar
3
comment Someone with many great ideas/arguments, but who ruins their case with one very bad idea/argument
Possible duplicate of What's the English equivalent of the Japanese saying, “A fart ruins 100 days of sermons by the priest (bishop)”?
Oct
8
comment How to reply “Would tomorrow at 10:30am work for you?” in a formal way?
"Yes." would be just right. "No." might require at least one alternative suggestion. I'm assuming the email you are responding to is copied below your reply.
Jul
23
comment How can “ A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air ” be correct?
It looks like a poorly written mixed metaphor. Horror and color aren't generally used together, even in figurative expressions.
Jul
17
comment What images evoke the concept of “skin in the game”, commitment, investment, and accountability?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this site is concerned with the English language, not visual metaphors
Jul
17
comment Neutral word for half-hearted
You need to provide context and/or examples for this sort of request. Allow us to understand why "half-hearted" doesn't work for you.
Jul
15
comment Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number
@Mari-LouA I have to disagree. The word "which" focuses on the question of ordinality better than "what" does. An answer to the question "what are you" might very reasonably be something like "(I'm not the first, but) I am the brightest!" I am an American speaker.
Jul
13
comment what does the preposition “up” mean in “He got beaten up by other kids in school”?
This is a very good and authoritative answer. It adds a dimension to the meaning that one might not otherwise be consciously aware of. Might I say "Work was punishing today" is atelic and "I was punished at work today" is telic? On the other hand, does "thoroughly" (as StoneyB mentions) imply telicity? To be beaten up today does not necessarily mean tomorrow will be any different. (And many of us in the corporate world are familiar with the phrase the beatings will continue until morale improves.)
Jul
10
comment Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
In a question worded in terms of cause and effect, the question was about effect. You worded the title to ask about cause.
Jul
9
comment Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
Edited to resolve conflict introduced in first edit.
Jul
9
comment Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
It is unclear whether you want to know an expression for the beauty that causes the crying or an expression that means "crying because of beauty" Your subject title does not match your question.
Jul
3
comment “This page intentionally blank” … but it isn't!
While your at it, tell me why stores open 24/7 have locks on the doors.
Jul
1
comment What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority?
Apparently there is a trend among some that words should only have the meanings that they are familiar with and that any suggestion that language has more depth and dimension than they have experienced is irrelevant. It's okay to use words in the way they are defined in the dictionary. We have dictionaries and other references to hold the vast amount of information that won't readily fit inside small minds.
Jun
30
comment What is the short for “focusing on the key component of the problem?”
I think the OP would like root cause analysis better than root cause.
Jun
29
comment Is there a word for a fish's stationary position
Related question: Do Submarines Float?
Jun
29
comment What does “Sp 12” mean?
This is a good catch!
Jun
26
comment “Come out with your hands up… and something with coconut”
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's topic is better covered as writing advice.
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
You need to get a dictionary and start looking words up. An exception is not necessarily accepted. The whole software world deals with exceptions handlers that do something about exceptions besides notice them.
Jun
25
comment A less hostile word that can replace “violation”
Your whole question is predicated on a faulty understanding of the word "violation". "Breaking the terms of a law" implies malintent as much as falling through a glass window (breaking the glass) implies malintent.