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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.


21h
comment Is there a word for one side in a pair?
What about half? That seems generic enough. It can be applied to apples, oranges, quiz teams, or marital relationships.
2d
comment How to describe humanities students in one word
@ThirdNews - Maybe it's contagious...
Apr
16
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.
Apr
16
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.
Apr
14
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.)
Apr
14
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.
Apr
13
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?
Apr
13
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
Apr
13
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.
Apr
13
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.
Apr
13
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.
Apr
13
comment Who excels under pressure?
+1 for clutch, though I think ruthless would only apply in limited contexts. As an interesting side note, Oxford gives this definition, with the tag U.S.: achieving or characterized by success at a critical moment in a game or competition. Yet it also says: (also British clutch up) Become nervous and panicked: doctors could clutch up and lose control as easily as anyone. I suppose, then, that clutch could be considered an autoantonym, but I still think it's the clutch answer here.
Apr
13
comment An adjective to describe the benefits associated with saving time
Any particular reason why you have an aversion to time-saving? Is the hyphen bothersome? (If so, you might consider the unhyphenated version: timesaving.)
Apr
12
comment “State of Maryland” or “state of Maryland”?
I didn't ask for 50 links, but one or two would've been nice :^) (I think your new link does the trick.)
Apr
11
comment “State of Maryland” or “state of Maryland”?
I'm having trouble seeing how the link to the website supports the notion that the state of Maryland uses "State of Maryland." I couldn't find anything there that used the phrase, except in a title, and we can't judge correct capitalization practices based on a title.
Apr
9
comment Is there a word for this clever piece of marketing?
This is part FDA, and part deceptive marketing. For example, notice how this can of fruit cocktail is labeled. No Sugar Added makes it looks so wholesome. It practically takes a magnifying glass to see that "No Sugar" = "Sucralose". The label is within regulation, but it doesn't take a genius to see that the marketing dept has a hand in the label's design.
Apr
9
comment Is there a word for this clever piece of marketing?
Alas, you can buy (and drink) 100% cranberry juice. Same with grapefruit juice. But these products are rather bitter and can be hard to find in supermarkets. They are generally sweetened with sugar (and called cocktails or juice drinks) or blended with other juices (such as apple or grape).
Apr
9
comment Is there a word for this clever piece of marketing?
@solublefish - FWIW, it can be hard to find, but you can get cranberry juice that's not a cranberry juice "cocktail". There are also several other 100% juice options, but the bitterness of the cranberry is offset by blending it with milder juices, such as pear, apple, or grape.
Mar
31
comment A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well?
Related: Word for "reading carefully". One option worth considering is peruse, although that word is an autoantonym, as it can also be used to mean "to skim", rather than "to study intently".
Mar
31
comment Which is correct — period, semicolon, or colon?
Each day, difficult choices must be made: when should we use a colon, and when should we use a period?