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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.
Aug
28
comment What's the origin of the idiom “cut corners”?
@terdon hah! Good point. I guess I'd wager if Twain wrote about roofing, then your answer would be correct. ;-)
Aug
28
comment What's the origin of the idiom “cut corners”?
@bib I think any vehicle could cut a corner, but the OED believes first usage is in 1869 from Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, and he was talking about a gondola, which is indeed a boat. :)
Aug
28
comment What's the origin of the idiom “cut corners”?
Cutting a corner isn't cutting off a corner — it's cutting as close to the corner as possible. I don't agree with your folk etymology of the phrase, and neither does the OED… I don't think it's logical that the phrase could disseminate to the wider public through its usage in a rather obscure trade.
Aug
22
comment What is the difference between “Sofa” and “Couch”?
@CarstenSchultz Yes, this is a chesterfield. However, in the early 1900s in the area I live it was common to call all couches "chesterfields" just as in the deep south all soda pops are "cokes".
Aug
21
comment Is there a word for someone who really has their act together
They may not be proper words yet, but one day they will be known as perfectly cromulent words and everyone will grok them.
Aug
21
comment What is the difference between “Sofa” and “Couch”?
That's funny, I would have said the opposite, couches have arms and sofas might not. To me a couch has that typical "loveseat" shape and style, while sofas are generally larger/more plush.
Aug
21
comment Is there a word for someone who really has their act together
I would call that person a hoopy frood.
Aug
19
comment What's the term for an antonym of a continuum?
I think your "beauty vs. intelligence" example is pretty much the same as "aesthetics vs. intellectuality". Aesthetics pertains to pure emotion and sensation as opposed to logic and reason. That said, I think besides height vs. width, the examples are arbitrary. You could just as easily say agility vs. endurance, emotion vs. intelligence, etc. There's no real semantic relationship between the words, it's just arbitrary.
Aug
15
comment A word that describes something that has been given a name
What irks me about the clarifying example is: what's wrong with saying choose a name? That's the word you're looking for. They're all names. Book names, movie names, character names, names of historical events… This question strikes me as making something more complicated than it needs to be. If you don't like the word "name" simply look in a thesaurus for alternatives to name: appellation, moniker, etc.
Aug
15
comment A word that describes something that has been given a name
I'll upvote yours and appellation.
Aug
14
comment A term for introductory phrases that qualify reality/veracity?
Instead of just calling them a "qualifying introductory phrase" couldn't you just say they're a qualifier?