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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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Sep
12
comment Does “digital crafting agency” sound good and is it meaningful for a company's description?
I was going to disagree with your premise because I hadn't heard that phrase, but then I did a web search and found that "digital agency" is actually used. Yuck.
Sep
11
comment “The song is on Reservoir Dogs” vs. “is off Reservoir Dogs” vs. “features within Reservoir Dogs”
@KristinaLopez The only problem with that construction is that it might imply the song was written for or most known from Reservoir Dogs. I would say: Is this song in Reservoir Dogs?
Sep
10
comment What is a word for implying someone else is wrong?
You could call I like to take care of my body a snark.
Sep
9
comment Why must 'galore' be used postpositively?
@PeterTaylor Hey, nice catch! I just copied the example from the Wikipedia article. Evidently the phrase is attributed to Milton's Allegro: Com, and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe. So the missing noun is toe!
Sep
6
comment Is there a word to describe “one who is in passive opposition to an established order or government?”
Relevant wikipedia link: List of Chinese Dissidents I see very few violent dissidents on that list…
Sep
6
comment Is there a word to describe “one who is in passive opposition to an established order or government?”
One can certainly express dissent using non-violent means. The word dissident has often been used to describe scientists, philosophers and free-thinkers who were against the Soviet regime, for example.
Sep
6
comment Is there a word to describe “one who is in passive opposition to an established order or government?”
@RyeBread Should we also stop using words such as avatar, aryan, bandana, shawl, crimson, jungle, jackal, guru, shampoo, cheetah (and many, many, more) because they're also of Sanskrit origin?
Sep
6
comment What is a term for someone who doesn't know what they haven't experienced?
@user49727 I disagree that oblivious connotes forgetfulness. To me it's inattentiveness and lack of awareness, thus fitting the question nicely.
Sep
5
comment Is there a term for the sound of a bicycle bell?
Whirl? I've never heard that word used to describe a sound, only motion.