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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.


2h
comment “We're pregnant!”
@HighPerformanceMark - Would you be just as nauseated if the couple exclaimed, "We're going to have a baby!" That's essentially what the couple is saying. As for "taking the full share of effort that pregnancy demands," there's no comparison regarding who's life will affected more for the next nine months. However, about a year later, a lot of dads are indeed playing a pretty big role in parenting. The lifestyle changes don't end at childbirth, which is why some couples might find the expression more acceptable than you.
Aug
9
comment Word that corresponds to “flew” or “drove” when riding a train
@Edwin - Yes! You mean words like laundover (n.) a sock or other (usually small) article of clothing that should have gone into the previous wash load, but didn't. Usually found when the last laundry load is on the spin cycle, sometimes resulting in a mild oath upon discovery. I still remember these as sniglets.
Aug
8
comment Word that corresponds to “flew” or “drove” when riding a train
@Edwin - I asked because I was unsure if the language was 'defective', or if my knowledge of the language was incomplete. Probably both are true :-)
Aug
8
comment Word meaning “kicking softly” or “brushing with the feet”?
I think shuffling works, too, with the right preposition: I walked to the wall window, shuffling through the sawdust on the floor.
Aug
8
comment What is the best way to forcefully say each word in a sentence.
Best. Question. Ever. (Thanks to The Simpsons, I've seen this speech construct represented with single-word sentences.)
Aug
8
comment How do I say a calculated decimal has too many decimal places?
Program cannot accept more than 6 digits after the decimal point. The terminology is elementary, not scientific, but sometimes that's what you want in an error message.
Aug
8
comment 'Closest Healing' or another phrase for a book title?
@Jung - Maybe after you've completed your second installment, you can ask another question about "Easiest" vs. "Simplest".
Aug
8
comment Word that corresponds to “flew” or “drove” when riding a train
@ErikE - dictionaries seem to indicate either is acceptable: verb Word forms: buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing, bussed, although writers seem to prefer your suggested choice.
Aug
6
comment What does “to spit a rat” mean?
@Rupe - A rat is more "spittable" than, say, a kangaroo, which couldn't even fit in one's mouth. By "spittable" I only meant to say "able to fit in someone's mouth," not "small and aerodynamic like a watermelon seed."
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
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.
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.