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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.
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.
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
15
comment What is the definition and origin of “imba”?
@Cereberus Looks better.
Apr
15
comment What is the definition and origin of “imba”?
Why don't you edit your answer then? The word clearly comes from imbalanced (the state of being out of equilibrium) and has nothing to do with unbalanced, in-balanced, or those other things. ;-)
Apr
11
comment What exactly does “President Obama will ‘fold faster than a lawn chair’” mean?
There's also the classic "fold like a house of cards."
Apr
6
comment “convey” vs. “say”
I agree with "I don't express it well" but I think your rewrite has a different meaning. Your rewrite implies that it would be easier if you could explain it better, whereas the original meaning is "it's easier than it sounds, I'm just incapable of explaining its ease."
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
25
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
25
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
25
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
25
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.