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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 Check out of, check into - meaning
@andy256 - Check out this user's 35 questions‌​, then ask yourself if maybe user69786 could benefit from learning about another Stack Exchange site that might prove beneficial. I never mentioned anything about this question being migrated.
Apr
20
comment Check out of, check into - meaning
You may want to check out English Language Learners.
Apr
20
comment How do you address people at the beginning of a conversation?
I don't know if I'd go so far as to say one should "definitely avoid the term ma'am," but I agree that it wouldn't hurt to be a bit more careful with "ma'am" than with "sir."
Apr
20
comment How do you address people at the beginning of a conversation?
@Frank - For the most part, the closest equivalent to sir in the U.S. would be ma'am (but I'll grant that ma'am may not be quite as universally applicable in all contexts).
Apr
20
comment How do you address people at the beginning of a conversation?
Ms. is explained here. Mrs. = Misses; Miss does not have an abbreviation, and Ms. does not have an expanded form.
Apr
19
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.
Apr
17
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.