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From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. — Winston Churchill


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May
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comment Is there a word akin to “hungry” or “thirsty” that implies a need to urinate?
I apologise it could also mean the same for a female. That was a silly oversight and nothing further. I take your point 100%.
May
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answered How to describe someone who speaks a language “as if it is his mother tongue” in a CV?
Feb
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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comment “Which” or “where”?
When I said 'the last commentor': a) I mean 'commentator' and b) due to the way the comments show on the page I actually mean 'the next commentator'.
Mar
20
answered “Which” or “where”?
Feb
19
comment What word describes what to do when you have run out of credit on the phone?
In Australia we just say 'I need to charge my phone'. I'm sure there are a few exceptions but 'recharge' is generally understood in terms of needing to buy phone credit.
Feb
18
answered What word describes what to do when you have run out of credit on the phone?
Feb
18
answered “Border protection” vs “boarder protection”
Feb
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answered What's the meaning of 'annoyingly good'?
Feb
9
comment Must “nominate” be applied to an object other than the subject itself?
You can still say nominate. To nominate yourself as a candidate would be to put your name down as a candidate whereas to declare candidacy would be to announce that you will be a candidate. You can say nominate or declare candidacy since the latter implies that the candidate was nominated (as you would be in order to become a candidate). e.g. 'She announced her candidacy'. (Well we know that she's been nominated by either herself or someone else.) You can definitely use nominate but you can also describe effectively the same thing in other ways e.g., 'declare candidacy'.
Feb
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answered Synonyms for “anal retentive”
Feb
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answered Is “bettern't” an OK word to use?
Feb
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comment Is “bettern't” an OK word to use?
On the one hand you can say almost anything you want if people understand you. However, this is not something you would say.
Feb
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comment Is there a word to describe something that's perceived to be funny or clever only because it makes a reference that appeals to a certain group?
I know what you mean but that is really just a joke. An in joke is a joke that wouldn't be a joke to anybody unless you were there with certain people at the time it came up or unless it's something private between you and a friend or something like that. I'm not good at recalling jokes either so I can't give you one I'm afraid. I didn't really mean that it's only an in joke in the company of someone who doesn't get it I was just trying to come up with an idea of how that joke could be an in joke :-)
Feb
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comment Is there a word to describe something that's perceived to be funny or clever only because it makes a reference that appeals to a certain group?
It could perhaps be an in joke (although it's a stretch) if two scientists were talking and one said the joke while in company of someone who would not know what an electron is but generally speaking I wouldn't call it an in joke. Feel free to explain though because I might be misled :-)
Feb
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comment Is there a word to describe something that's perceived to be funny or clever only because it makes a reference that appeals to a certain group?
I wouldn't call that an in joke though? You could say it to anyone. Some people mightn't get it but that doesn't make it an in joke.
Feb
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comment Is there a word to describe something that's perceived to be funny or clever only because it makes a reference that appeals to a certain group?
Is an in joke notable despite it's esoteric nature? Unless people were laughing I don't think one would pick up on an in joke. Say you and I were best friends and we were talking to another person, you could make an in joke and we could exchange a look but unless we both laughed the other person wouldn't notice. We could even make a joke at the other person's expense. :-)