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answered How did the “-ish” suffix come to denote the approximate meaning of the word it is attached to?
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Mar
26
comment Where does “pull it off” come from?
My intuition is that it started with reference to a robbery (perhaps train?) or heist and went to sports from that direction. Or perhaps magic? The way you pull off a curtain and something disappears? Still digging!
Mar
25
comment Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?
Picking nits. Technically, oat can be singular, especially if you're talking about the plant. When speaking of the seeds of the oat, sure it's usually always plural.
Mar
25
comment Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?
@JCooper Guess I was wrong, pants and glasses are in the same category as darts, mumps, etc. but not rabies. Technicalities. :)
Mar
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revised What does it mean to “grow organically”?
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comment What does it mean to “grow organically”?
Oh yes, good point. Just because the growth isn't directed, doesn't mean it can't be "pruned." ;-) I should remove that phrase to avoid confusion. I hope my edit agrees with your intentions.
Mar
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revised Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?
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Mar
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comment Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?
@JCooper Pants and glasses are in the same category as rabies. See en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:English_pluralia_tantum
Mar
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comment What does it mean to “grow organically”?
@Robert Exactly, that's what I was driving at. Organic growth is distributed growth not top-down directed growth.
Mar
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comment What does it mean to “grow organically”?
I agree, but I think in the context of the source there was a contrast of what was driving the growth rather than what rate of growth or type of growth was occurring.
Mar
25
comment What does the phrase “I’m down with” mean?
@MrHen I'm down with that interpretation. ;) But I still think, depending on the subject, that there's an element of familiarity when you use the phrase. To be "down with" something means not only that you like it, but that you have experience with it.
Mar
25
comment What does the phrase “I’m down with” mean?
@Billare yeah you know me :)
Mar
25
answered What does the phrase “I’m down with” mean?
Mar
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answered What does it mean to “grow organically”?
Mar
22
comment When do I use present perfect tense instead of the simple past?
Duplicate: english.stackexchange.com/questions/1357/…
Mar
22
answered Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?
Mar
18
comment Why do golfers yell: “Fore”?
From what I've read, the term "fore-caddy" has the most plausibility. The golfer would yell at the fore-caddy to look for the incoming ball, and I reckon it would take one round to shorten "FORECADDY!" to "FORE!"
Mar
18
answered Meaning of “par”?