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Jun
15
answered Where is the root morpheme in Modern English evacuate and vacuum?
Jun
15
comment Is there a single noun, preferably not a gerund, for the act of exceeding or surpassing?
+1 excellence or excellency is the correct answer, depending on context.
Jun
14
comment “when you are done” vs. “when you are through” vs. “when you are finished”
I'm with Mitch. I'm not familiar with the colloquial usage of suss here (Australianism?), I'm only familiar with the verb meaning to "figure out" or "divine".
Jun
14
comment What does “In some ways” exactly mean?
I agree. Somehow is specific to something singular or something abstract.
Jun
14
revised What does “In some ways” exactly mean?
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Jun
14
answered What does “In some ways” exactly mean?
Jun
14
comment Use of “facetious”
This is good analysis, but the second half of the student's sentence just one that would allow me to pass implies that it's not the request that they are trying to qualify with the word facetious, but rather the appropriateness of the change — which of course makes facetious the wrong word to use. I think the better rephrasing would be something like "I am not asking for a (ludicrous|preposterous|ridiculous|excessive|extravagant) grade change, just one that would allow me to pass."
Jun
14
comment Use of “facetious”
Frankly, I think this student is unfamiliar with the meaning of facetious. It's a poor choice here. The best word I can think of that fits the intended meaning is preposterous.
Jun
14
comment What is the difference between “filtrated” and “filtered”?
+1 As a verb, filtrate has a very specific meaning: to remove by passing through a filter. The verb filter as this meaning too, but it can also simply mean pass through or flow slowly.
Jun
10
comment What does “not having a pair” mean?
I'm not against political correctness, but to be fair, testosterone is chemically linked to assertiveness, even in women. Females get it from their ovaries, males get it from their testes. (Mostly, some comes from the adrenal glands.) Therefore, the phrase is particularly apt. In my experience, females I know have no particular problem with this turn of phrase.
Jun
9
answered Correct response to “Pardon me”
May
24
comment Alternative to “lossily compressed”
In that context, what's wrong with being specific and stating the images were jpeg compressed? Or if you wanted to emphasize the lossiness: jpeg compressed (lossy) would work. Indeed that wouldn't be necessary, since you emphasize your worry about losing more information later in the paragraph…
May
20
comment What does the suffix “-saurus” mean?
Although I didn't vote down this answer, if I could I would have voted down the remark "Thank you for using your brain."
May
20
comment What does the suffix “-saurus” mean?
While I did not personally mark it down, I can see the argument. The latin root of thesaurus is derived from greek, which invalidates the concluding paragraph. Also, any answer which includes the words "assuming" and "presumably" is suspect. The first paragraph is vague and not properly researched. Linguistically, there's no reason to assume the first half of thesaurus means "treasure" and the second half "store". My understanding is that thēsauros is synonymous with hoard.
May
4
answered Is there a saying in English corresponding to “Another loach under the willow tree”?
Apr
27
answered “Have a look” vs. “Take a look”
Apr
26
comment What words can I use to indicate how hungry I am?
I take it you're not a child of the eighties then?
Apr
19
comment Did Shakespeare really invent 1700 words?
@Mild Fuzz I'm going to take the other side of that argument. The English language is very much in flux right now. 90,000 words were added to the English dictionary in the 20th century, increasing the vocabulary by about 25%.
Apr
17
comment Where is the stress in the word “commenting”?
If you did stress the second syllable of comment or commenting this would be a sure sign that you are not a native English speaker. Unlike some other languages, in English stress is both lexical (is part of the word and must be memorized) and phonemic (different stress produces different words, even if they have the same consonant sounds: as in desert and dessert.)
Apr
17
answered Different syllabic boundaries in various dictionaries?