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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.
Sep
3
comment What is the meaning and origin of the suffix “-son”?
"Marriott" is derived from "Mary" and became a popular surname after crusaders returned to England. According to this website, Maud or Mahalt were popular feminine names in England due to Matilda, the wife of William the Conqueror, and that's the primary source of Madison surnames. (Although I'm sure a portion are corruption of Matthi(e)son, too.)
Sep
3
comment what's the difference between “trust” and “believe”
@Jim Writing "I trust you missed the second half of my comment above." would also have been acceptable.
Sep
2
comment What is the opposite of “free,” as in “gluten-free/free of gluten”?
Contains gluten is the answer, as seen on packaging. See also: contains peanuts, or contains sugar. It also works with the "errors" example: the forty-page text contains errors, but doesn't work well with the experience of pain where you could say: I experience pain or I have some pain.
Sep
2
comment Find or invent a term for “Completely intersecting minus one”
+1 for giving an answer that uses actual english words, and not newly-coined words or a domain specific function. ;)
Sep
2
comment Trying to achieve something, but ending up with something contrary
I think the problem is that the title of the question poorly matches the actual question that is described. Backfired seems to be a perfect match for the literal "aim reversal" substitute that is requested, but the title of this question seems too broad given the explanation.
Sep
2
comment Can you use “whereas” as a substitute for “because”?
I would say it has a definite different meaning than because, and can only rarely be substituted without change in meaning.
Aug
30
comment What is the etymology of “yellow”, and why is it so different in other European languages?
@tchrist As I noted in my answer, gall has the same "yellow" root/etymology, so that connection makes sense. The spanish suffix -illo is a diminutive, so amarillo literally means "a bit bitter".
Aug
30
comment “Unexpected” quotation marks: Why?
@FumbleFingers No worries FumbleFingers, you are "forgiven".
Aug
30
comment “aim life with money”
This is an improvement, since it changes a non-grammatical sentence into a grammatical one; yet I still find it absurd and nonsensical, no matter how hard I try and wrap my brain around the metaphor.