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Mar
13
comment “Semantic”s relation to “Pedantic”
@AJMansfield "Pedantry" isn't alternative, it's correct.
Mar
13
comment A word or succinct phrase for “capable of producing financial income”
Has it come to this? Business requirements for a game must include the proviso that the project must actually make money? Profitable is the correct word. Don't overcomplicate things.
Mar
11
revised When and from where did “guns” become slang for biceps?
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Mar
11
answered When and from where did “guns” become slang for biceps?
Mar
5
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
@terdon I suppose I made the assumption since all the references I found listed the Peter/pity variants together.
Mar
5
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Mar
5
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
@terdon "Pity" is a substitute for "Peter". Apparently for the truly righteous, even invoking the name of Peter was seen as too blasphemous. :)
Mar
5
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
On that point, I agree.
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.