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Jan
13
comment Colorful term for someone with a long-overdue library book
I literally (dare I say it?) laughed out loud at slow reader.
Jan
4
comment Is there a synonym for “satisfied customer” or “one who can testify”?
Is this perhaps the original meaning of a reference librarian? She knows you have borrowed and returned books in the past, so she vouches that you will do so in the future. (My wife was a reference librarian years ago and thinks this is one of the few decent jokes I have come up with in years. :-)
Jan
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
1
comment The position of “strong enough” in “there is no headache strong enough”
I love googling on partial phrases. Try searching on the phrase "there is no * enough" and scroll through the list. You will come across wonderful variants like, there is no flag large enough, there is no grave deep enough, and there is no threatening star close enough amongst many others.
Dec
31
comment Must present perfect tense be used if the action takes place more than once?
Hard call. Your second example doesn't strike me as being incorrect, but I believe general usage would favor "have seen."
Dec
31
comment What can I call a person who directs traffic?
One major distinction is based on whether they are police or construction workers. Your picture looks like a traffic cop in the U.S.
Dec
30
comment Etymology of 'teaching grandma to suck eggs'?
@Marthaª: Gaack! I am but a lowly programmer who has obviously (obliviously?) wandered into a nest of 32nd degree pedants. :-) I was responding to the question in Callithumpian's first comment to this answer and assumed (always a dangerous thing to do) that the context of both sucking and blowing mentioned therein would be understood. I guess I suck at assuming! :-)
Dec
30
comment Etymology of 'teaching grandma to suck eggs'?
@Callithumpian: Nearly all finely crafted Easter Eggs -- which may take many hours to create -- are emptied of their contents so that they don't rot/putrefy.
Dec
30
comment First usage of “get a handle on it”
My wife is an editor and she has driven more than one author to distraction by finding one anachronism after another. The good authors know she is helping them, but some of the wannabes complain quite loudly.
Dec
30
awarded  Supporter
Dec
30
comment What does “dead as a door nail” mean?
Hear, hear! The (Dead Parrot sketch)[youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218] presents the definitive list for describing just how dead something (in this case, a parrot) can be.
Dec
30
awarded  Autobiographer