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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 How to describe humanities students in one word
@ThirdNews - Maybe it's contagious...
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comment Can 'Too+an adjective' be used to make a non-negative statement?
I agree that it's all too easy to come up with negative examples (my feet are too tired, my car is too old, my dentist is too grumpy) than positive usages of "too." But the question didn't ask if positive usages were "common"; it merely asked if there were "any." I agree with John Lawler's explanation of why these are not very abundant.
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answered Can 'Too+an adjective' be used to make a non-negative statement?
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comment Is “have the steel” an idiom in the statement, “Mitt Romney would have the steel to order the 2011 operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan”?
A related idiom is have the stones, but perhaps the author thought that was too vulgar for Time.
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comment What would you call size that fits between small and medium?
I like this approach, although my recommendation would be to go in the other direction, so that the four button sizes are ultimately small, medium, large, and extra large. (Or, if the O.P. would prefer a single word, jumbo could be used instead of extra large.)
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on What would you call size that fits between small and medium?
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revised What would you call size that fits between small and medium?
line content is the same
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revised Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (back-tick)
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comment Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (back-tick)
As a footnote, more information on this subject is available here.
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answered Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (back-tick)
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answered What does ‘great conk of a nose’ imply?
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comment How to describe humanities students in one word
It's not just one word, but it's a commonly-used phrase nonetheless: Would you like fries with that?
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answered Only a waning candle sheds its light around
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comment A one line rhyme?
Chef Jeff would count as what you dub a "one-line rhyme", but, for Chef Ash, I'd side with our King of Consonance, @FumbleFingers
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revised A one line rhyme?
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comment A one line rhyme?
It seems more like consonance than assonance – that would describe the /ʃ/ sound at the beginning and end of Chef Ash.
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comment The behavior that sell goods and service daily basis and collect payment monthly
ELL is a newer exchange. Maybe it needs a business tag.
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comment rule of thumb for 'however' in the middle of the sentence?
@Flonorec - Interesting – it doesn't seem archaic. Collins doesn't label it as archaic; moreover, of the five dictionaries cited at Wordnik, only one uses the archaic label. Curious indeed.