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Mar
5
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Certainly not everyone who uses "for Pete's sake" associates it with St. Peter. But that doesn't change the origin of the phrase. The same goes with "pity": it's a minced oath. Many phrases with religious origins enter the vernacular and lose the original context.
Feb
19
answered “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” meaning and etymology
Feb
18
comment Between you and (“me” or “I”)?
I can't help but notice that you used the phrase "bear with me" in your question and not "bear with I." The situation is the same. In english, objective pronouns follow prepositions like "with" and "between".
Dec
11
comment What is the etymology of “yellow”, and why is it so different in other European languages?
@reinierpost I took the germanic word from etymonline.com, I clarified in my post. I think the modern German word is gelten but the original meaning of "to pay" has gone down different paths in both German and English.
Dec
11
revised What is the etymology of “yellow”, and why is it so different in other European languages?
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Nov
8
comment Can I switch from “man's” to “yours” in this paragraph?
Instead of "that person" at the end of the sentence, another option would be to use "them." Hurray for singular they!
Oct
29
revised why do we say “too bad”?
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Oct
29
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Oct
28
answered why do we say “too bad”?
Sep
23
comment What does it mean to say that something is a “wash”?
"It's a wash" doesn't show up in the idioms list because it's not an idiom: it's a meaning of the word "wash". See sense 13. of noun usage in the dictionary section.
Sep
23
comment What does it mean to say that something is a “wash”?
It's not a particularly unusual meaning. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/american-english/wash_3
Sep
13
comment English word equivalent of 膩 (sick of something due to overindulgence)
Is this a localized usage? I've never heard founder used as a verb before.
Sep
12
comment Does “digital crafting agency” sound good and is it meaningful for a company's description?
I was going to disagree with your premise because I hadn't heard that phrase, but then I did a web search and found that "digital agency" is actually used. Yuck.
Sep
11
comment “The song is on Reservoir Dogs” vs. “is off Reservoir Dogs” vs. “features within Reservoir Dogs”
@KristinaLopez The only problem with that construction is that it might imply the song was written for or most known from Reservoir Dogs. I would say: Is this song in Reservoir Dogs?
Sep
11
answered Is there a verb for making a statement/sentence milder or “dumbing it down”?
Sep
10
comment What is a word for implying someone else is wrong?
You could call I like to take care of my body a snark.
Sep
9
revised Why must 'galore' be used postpositively?
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Sep
9
comment Why must 'galore' be used postpositively?
@PeterTaylor Hey, nice catch! I just copied the example from the Wikipedia article. Evidently the phrase is attributed to Milton's Allegro: Com, and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe. So the missing noun is toe!
Sep
9
answered Why must 'galore' be used postpositively?
Sep
6
revised Is there a word for one who drives in the direction opposite the one prescribed for the given lane?
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