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answered Escorting a guest before saying goodbye as a sign of respect or caring
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comment Can we use patient as a verb?
No. You must use be patient: "Could you please be patient another week for your payment."
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revised “will” vs “shall” in the movie Pride and Prejudice
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comment Rubber baby buggy bumpers
I've always heard She sells seashells down by the seashore which is also, in my opinion, much harder to say.
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comment What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?
I would have thought pachyphobia was fear of elephants. ;-)
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comment Can unthinking entities be “informed” in the sense of “being provided with information”?
To be fair, I, a native speaker, was well into college before I ran across inform used this way, and it struck me as odd/wrong. I've gotten used to it by now, but I still don't use it that way myself.
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comment How to parse 'of whom any one of you the aforesaid A, B, C, D, etc. we will shall be one'?
It's the same will as in "God wills it to be" and means roughly ordain
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comment What's the word for ‘the point at which an object loses balance’?
A fulcrum is an external object upon which a lever arm is placed and about which it pivots- it is not part of the object itself.
Apr
17
revised What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?
Improved formatting and spelling
Apr
17
comment What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?
I wouldn't do it, unless you were trying to be humorous. books.google.com/ngrams/…
Apr
17
comment Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense
@FumbleFingers- What's interests me is that for could be ambiguous (context obviously clears things up immediately) But when I say I haven't spoken to her for a few days it could mean I've never had a conversation that lasted for a few days or it could mean that it's been a few days since we've spoken, whereas I think with in no such ambiguity exists. It makes more sense with a different verb: "I've haven't driven with her for a week" could mean I've never taken a cross-country trip with her or that I'm her driving instructor and her last lesson was last week.
Apr
15
comment Meaning of lyrics in song 'Black Matilda'
It's likely that Black Matilda refers to the drug peyote, but I can't find any good reference for it. Also, interpretation of song lyrics is off-topic on ELU.
Apr
15
comment Shorthand for the phrase
How about: NMITD and NMIAD?
Apr
15
comment Are doggie bags still asked for?
I usually just ask the waiter/waitress for a "to-go box"
Apr
15
revised What does it mean when someone says “noted” to you?
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Apr
15
comment What does it mean when someone says “noted” to you?
"Noted" in conversation usually means something like: "I've made a mental note about your feelings on the subject."
Apr
15
comment “Good for Me!” as a response to someone doing something nice for you
Without hearing the tone of voice it's hard to say- tone of voice is very important when it comes to deciding whether to take offense at something. I might imagine that she's saying something similar in meaning to, "works for me! -- [that thing you've done is] good for me."
Apr
15
reviewed Reviewed What is the action of writing with both hands simultaneously called?
Apr
15
reviewed Reviewed “Buy on credit” - How to say it properly
Apr
15
comment Capitalization after ! in expression separated by em dash
She walked down the street, but not in it— she wasn't going to get in trouble! She just wanted to see what was going on.