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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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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
14
comment Can “nice” when used about people mean “beautiful”? Can a nice woman be ugly?
No, it's not always only about behavior and kindness. When wanting to eliminate ambiguity, some might use nice-looking to clarify, but even that can mean either well dressed or sexually attractive (or both, or something else, such as well-groomed).
Jul
12
comment single word for one who eats the same food all the time
It's all a matter of interpretation, of course, and the O.P. has given us little to go on; however, I think creature of habit fits perfectly. The way this man is described, I imagine that, not only does he eat the same foods every day, but he always does so from the same chair, he always cracks his egg open the same way, the tuna is always served on the same toasted wheat bread, etc. Very Phileas Fogg-like: the tea and toast at twenty-three minutes past eight, the shaving-water at thirty-seven minutes past nine...
Jul
12
comment single word for one who eats the same food all the time
I think this is a better answer than the mono- alternatives, considering that the example person eats eggs, chicken, and tuna everyday. My first thought was the word regular.
Jul
11
comment single word for one who eats the same food all the time
Cool word, but I don't think it quite fits what the O.P. is asking for, except in a humorous context. Monophagous seems to be more of a scientific term, not something that would generally be used to describe an ultra-regular daily diet.
Jul
9
revised “as much as you and I” vs. “as much as you and me”
formatting + title change
Jul
8
comment Is there a word for a picture of a face that is made from the letters of a name?
@Leo - I'm guessing it's this one
Jul
8
comment How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)?
@HubertSchölnast - In that case, it's going to be hard to sum that all up in a single word. You're just going to have to explain it like you did in Edit 2. (My first suggestion was only trying to help differentiate between hot meaning "not cold", and hot meaning "spicy.")
Jul
6
comment How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)?
"I want it served warmed up, but the food needs to be very bland. I cannot tolerate spicy food."
Jul
5
comment Wish someone 'good luck' for an operation
@JohnLawler - When my wife broke her ankle earlier this year, those were my exact words as they wheeled her into surgery. :^)
Jul
5
comment A poetic word or expression for networking/lobbying/making professional connections
Behind the closed doors all the high-rollers schmooze / Jovial thanks to cigars and the booze There, I just made it "poetic," even.
Jul
3
comment Usage of the word “through”
The construct "verb from x to y" also sounds "correct" in the phrase count from 1 to 10.
Jul
1
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
30
comment Isn't the word “shotgun” a self-redundancy?
Konrad - Had you asked this question on English Language Learners instead of ELU, I am confident you would have received the same helpful answer, with a lot more understanding that an English learner doesn't necessarily know every meaning of a particular word, and thus can be easily led off-track. ELL still expects OPs to research their questions, but with the understanding that some simple things aren't always so simple for the novice learner.
Jun
28
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
@Gala - I didn't say kicking it "randomly," I said booting it down the field. Realize, too, that I was talking about the game at a recreational level, played by kids. Sure, a good pass is much better, but, in gym class, there's an element of field position involved. I think some of the disconnect here is because some people talking about recreational youth leagues, and others are thinking more in terms of competitive play.
Jun
28
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
@Gala - On being a skilled player in basketball vs soccer: In soccer, you can boot the ball down a large field and help your team. In basketball, you can't simply hurl the ball down the court and help your team – that just results in a turnover. I do think it's easier to put a novice on a soccer field than on a basketball court, and have them feel a little better about themselves at the end of the game – but I don't really think that's why the term "soccer mom" came into being, even if some moms did let their not-so-athletic kids run around on the soccer fields in a Saturday morning league.
Jun
27
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
True, the question isn't about demographics, but it is about soccer moms, and I think most moms graduate past "soccer mom status" once their teenagers get their driver's licenses. As for popularity rankings, that all depends on how you measure. If you measure parental hours on the sideline, soccer is probably at or near the top. If you measure TV rankings though, soccer would lag far behind football, basketball, baseball, and NASCAR racing – and probably ice hockey as well.
Jun
27
revised “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
a > as