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"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so." (Sherlock Holmes)

I sometimes enjoy embedding puns and subtle self-references into many of my answers and comments.

Remember, context is everything.


Never make the mistake of thinking that a tiny preposition has only one meaning.


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comment Word for “the people who lose in a battlefield”?
I think this word would work better for battlefield equipment than for the soldiers themselves.
10h
revised Word for “the people who lose in a battlefield”?
added two blank spaces after each line in original
19h
awarded  Enlightened
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comment What is a “plumber's wife”?
I suppose you should have asked her. Urban dictionary has at least one clue to another possible meaning, besides the literal words.
2d
comment Is there a term for being attracted to dead people?
Somehow I feel like this question is related...
2d
comment What is the meaning of 'artificial'?
This question might be interesting on Marketing.SE or Nutrition.SE, if such places existed. Labelers frequently use catch phrases to make products appear more healthy than they really are, with words like: 100% Natural, No Artificial Ingredients, Contains Real Fruit, No Trans Fats, Sugar Free, No Added Sugars, Whole Grain, etc. More often than not, "Reduced Sugar" means "Sweetened with Artificial Sweeteners." Interesting to discuss, but only marginally related to English. In this context, the words mean what regulators allow them to mean; dictionary definitions have little impact.
Dec
18
revised Should Stranger (with capital S) be in the OED?
added blank space to magically make three asterisks disappear and cause a shift to bold italics
Dec
18
comment “Attempts limit exceeded” in one word
@Jim - Or, we could get that down to 14 characters: ACCOUNT LOCKED.
Dec
18
answered Person who is responsible for the political guests in the kingdom?
Dec
17
revised Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'
I think 'aloud' was the right word here
Dec
17
comment “to save” or “to be saved”
@QOI - I'm pretty sure that, if the O.P. is translating a technical report, the O.P. would be open to (and appreciative of) any improvement – not just wordings that fit the initial phrasings given in the question.
Dec
17
comment “to save” or “to be saved”
You might want to check out English Language Learners, which might be a more appropriate place to ask about future translation questions.
Dec
17
comment “to save” or “to be saved”
Or: Ensure the data is in the required format before saving it.
Dec
17
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
17
answered Expose body to cold conditions
Dec
17
comment Why do cricket and baseball each use the term 'pitch' but in different senses?
Doesn't pitch mean "to throw" (as in pitch horseshoes, or pitch that can of beer this way)? I don't understand why it makes any difference whether the ball strikes the ground or not.
Dec
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
16
answered Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'
Dec
15
revised Can “my pleasure” carry negative connotations
deleted 1 character in body; edited title
Dec
15
comment What is it called when something you previously took to be a mistake turned out to be the correct decision?
I think "blessing in disguise" is at least as good (if not better) than most of the answers you are getting. You also might be interested in English Language Learners, if you haven't checked out that community yet.