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answered Verbs or phrases to buy something which are specifically for sale later?
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comment Being watched but not seeing the observer
concealed... hidden from view. Or are you looking for more like stalked; although it's hard to stalk someone when you're in a tower. Maybe spying?
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comment Word to describe quality being fit to each other
is a good fit for the other, is a good match for the other, were made for each other.
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awarded  phrases
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered A phrase for two characters that are unmistakably similar
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comment A phrase for two characters that are unmistakably similar
are you looking for something like nearly twins or something else?
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comment What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?
the act of calibration involves accounting for the measured difference between the actual outputs of the device being calibrated compared to the expected output given a known input. This known input is called a reference signal.
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comment Can “safer” be used as a noun?
This is a little bit of a cheat but, here's a sentence : "The SAFER must be absolutely reliable." where SAFER stands for "Simplified Aid for Extravehicular Rescue"
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comment What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?
In the most abstract sense those are all land improvements
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comment What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?
When a mother is yelling at her child does she typically say, "Get out of the thoroughfare!" or "Get out of the road!" or "Get out of the street!"?
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answered A good term for something that sustains itself via a positive feedback loop?
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comment Do you have something better?
I feel there's too much there. it's too complicated and would get its message across more easily if it were simpler: "I can do complicated, but simple is so much easier to understand."
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comment Phrase for “false conceptual framework”
What's wrong with your own words: that's a false premise?" Or, "you're asking the wrong question." or "you've got the wrong mental model"
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comment Infinitive in news headlines
Try adding an "is going to" in front of the infinitive: "Russia's Head Athletics Coach is going to step down After Doping Revelations" Headlines try to compress as much meaning into as few words as possible so they are nearly always going to be missing words that would be present in everyday conversation.
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comment Etymology of “bizarre”?
Thanks. That's good to know.
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comment Etymology of “bizarre”?
I'm not arguing about the GR aspect. I've withdrawn my close vote. I'm wondering why OED didn't draw the same conclusions you've drawn. (Which you've addressed in a comment above. So I guess we've come full circle, and I'll shut up now ;-)).
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comment Is such usage of negation acceptable in everyday conversation?
My advice would be not to try and use vernacular that you aren't completely familiar with. For example using ain't got and can't do this no more may come off as condescending or offensive in the wrong company. (People may think, "Is he making fun of me?") Don't try to be someone you're not.
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comment Etymology of “bizarre”?
@medica- I'm not looking to start a fight, just an interesting discussion. I've seen tchrist's posts over the years and appreciate the depth of his knowledge. In this post though, apart from the OED entry, the post links the RAE, Diccionario panhispánico de dudas, Littré, About World Languages, and a Chilean site on hard-to-find etymologies- all online. The post mostly quotes, translates and/or summarizes information from those sites. For example, I don't think this post is like some of John Lawler's, where he cites his own work on umich for example.