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May
21
comment Expression from “Lord of the Flies” that I cannot understand
@Robusto Yes, I wasn't confident enough to mark it so. Agree with the decision. :)
May
20
comment Expression from “Lord of the Flies” that I cannot understand
I disagree that it's objectively badly-written. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/14709/…
May
20
comment Expression from “Lord of the Flies” that I cannot understand
VERY related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/14709/…
May
12
comment “Thank you very much” vs. “Thank you so much”
Data just doesn't support the idea that "thank you so much" is gaining in popularity compared to "thank you very much". I think you have developed a bias against the use of the intensifier "so", and therefore you are more likely to note and remember when you hear the phrase "thank you so much."
May
9
comment Is there a word to describe curiosity in a positive way?
My point, clumsily made as it was, is that you can be attentive to something without being curious about it at all. The words don't describe the same state of mind. I agree that curious and inquisitive are close synonyms. I disagree that "inquisitive" is in general, more negative. Having an "inquisitive mind" rarely has a negative connotation.
May
9
comment Is there a word to describe curiosity in a positive way?
I don't see the connection between attentive and curious at all. One can be attentive and curious (inquisitive), inattentive (scatterbrained) and curious, incurious and attentive (perfunctory), or incurious and inattentive (apathetic).
May
7
awarded  Custodian
May
7
comment Single word to describe “make something worse”
Both are very fine options. However, if it were me I would simply write "hitting the machine with a hammer made the problem worse."
May
2
comment A perfect (honest) pangram that is understandable for a regular native user?
In english, æ and œ ligatures aren't letters, although they are letters in some Scandinavian languages. In the past they were used in Latin and Greek words to mark an etymological connection, but in modern English they are rarely used. According to wikipedia the three letters you mentioned are part of the Polish alphabet.
Apr
14
comment Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?
@JasonC That's an interesting point! But do opposite words have to be exclusive? I have a love/hate relationship with lots of things. :)
Apr
12
answered Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?
Apr
3
answered Antonym for lying?
Mar
26
revised Does the idiom “in lieu of” for “instead of” sound legalese or affected in modern day AmE
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Mar
24
comment What is the small room most businesses have at their entrance called?
I've only heard the word porch used for that exterior room on a residential house. I don't think it makes sense to use it when referring to part of a commercial building.
Mar
23
comment What does “I know, right?” mean?
I think you're dead wrong with this interpretation. In my experience, the intention of the phrase isn't to shut down conversation like that, but to show empathy with the speaker.
Mar
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Term to describe quality of one's day
Mar
21
answered What is the small room most businesses have at their entrance called?
Mar
13
comment How to describe Homer Simpson's 'idunno' sound
I agree. It's essentially three different tones of an 'm' sound.
Mar
13
revised A word or succinct phrase for “capable of producing financial income”
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