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Mar
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accepted What’s the plural of “Valentine’s”
Mar
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awarded  Popular Question
Feb
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comment Is a comma required before an interjected “well”?
@Edwin What’s that? It seems the term “mitigation marker” is next to unused (according to Google), and the few references I can find mostly refer to Japanese grammar. At any rate, your rewrite unfortunately doesn’t clear up my understanding of what’s meant.
Feb
25
comment Is a comma required before an interjected “well”?
@JohnLawler According to the definition I linked, it can mean either (before looking this up I’d have agreed with you.)
Feb
25
comment Is a comma required before an interjected “well”?
(Incidentally, as I understand it “well done” and “well-done” are completely synonymous, that is they could both refer to either the quality or the cooking time.)
Feb
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asked Is a comma required before an interjected “well”?
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Mar
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comment Is there any word for a person who ruins magician's trick?
@J.R. I’m not sure the second is actually a valid insult, given the fact that Ron Weasley is, as a matter of fact, a real wizard, and his spell didn’t work (presumably) because Scabbers isn’t a rat, not because he lacks skills. ;-)
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
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comment What do you call an event that happens without a cause?
@Jonathan It’s a common misconception to think of the big bang as acausal (aided no doubt by the incorrect analogy to a theological “first cause”).
Apr
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comment Opposite of “verbose”
@Olivier I actually think “curt” is the perfect antonym.
Apr
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comment Opposite of “verbose”
I’d argue that for the purpose of this question “terse” is almost a synonym to “concise”, neither means “too few words to express the content”.
Feb
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
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comment Salt tastes salty then water tastes …?
@Jon Those words happen not to exist (at least not in common usage). But I don’t think there’s a fundamental linguistic reason that forbids their existence. – But I don’t see how that relates to “watery” at all since, unlike your example, “watery” describes a quale.
Jan
23
comment From French “manœuvre” to English “manoeuvre”, does “œ” exist in English?
@Ben Not really: “ö” in German (/ø/) maps to the exactly same sound as “œ” in French (although in French it may also be open: /œ/, compare French “vœux” (closed) and “cœur” (open)) and corresponds closely to the “i” in “bird”. The other words are similarly pronounced in varying fashions – it’s just that the closed form (ø) doesn’t have a very good correspondence in most English accents so the words are distorted accordingly.
Jan
23
comment Are there popular English sayings to express “Big fuss, tiny result”?
@StoneyB If that’s idiomatic, it should be an answer, no?
Jan
23
comment Are there popular English sayings to express “Big fuss, tiny result”?
Funny, the Japanese saying exists, 1:1, in German as well: “Der Berg kreißte und gebar eine Maus”. It’s apparently derived from Latin (Horace: “Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus” – “the mountains are in labour, they will bear a ridiculous mouse”).
Jan
14
revised Usage of “to” in “I've got some slides to talk to”
added 24 characters in body
Jan
14
answered Usage of “to” in “I've got some slides to talk to”