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Apr
15
comment What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?
@Kaz As I understand it, there is an implied Even at his age before he can still rock a hat. The implication being that most people her father's age would not be able to wear a hat and still look fashionable.
Apr
14
comment What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?
for reference, other similar uses: gq.com/style/wear-it-now/201307/what-to-wear-with-a-bow-tie or holiday.ziploc.com/browse/style/8-ways-to-rock-a-scarf
Apr
14
comment What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?
to "rock a piece of clothing" is the idiom, and I'm having trouble searching for it myself. I get better results for "rock a scarf" and "rock a bow tie" but still nothing in Ngrams.
Apr
11
comment “If I were you, I'd apologise to my/your mum”
I'm with Mari-Lou here; I'd probably avoid the issue with If I were you, and I'd offended my mum, I'd apologize.
Apr
1
comment Are collective nouns taught at school (and one has to learn them) or are they just a fun thing?
if more people knew these collective nouns, more people would enjoy my favorite image pun: cdn.iwastesomuchtime.com/February-12-2012-18-29-49-atempt.jpg
Oct
5
comment Was I correct in my use of “whatever” over “something”?
+1; a common response to "do you want to do something" is "no lets just stay in and do nothing", so it implicitly permits the do-nothing option as its negative reply.
Sep
24
comment Is “I can have cheeseburger?” really grammatically correct?
@emory ground cheese?
Sep
24
comment Any name for “focusing on the problem, not on the solution”
just a comment on your question title: "focusing on the problem, not the solution" and "focusing on the target, not the path" actually sound like very different problems (generally, the solution is the target...)
Sep
23
comment How correct is “quote, unquote” and where does its usage come from?
as an aside, both ways are seen in English speech; e.g. "I read his quote 'manifesto' unquote" and "I read his quote-unquote 'manifesto'" are both heard and recognized.
Jul
7
comment What does “the rational you had probably taken a powder” mean?
do not confuse rationale, a noun meaning "reason for doing something", with rational, an adjective meaning "thinking clearly and logically". The rational you is a noun phrase here meaning, roughly, "your capacity to act rationally."
Jun
22
comment What does “purchasers of a new tablet won’t ‘end up with a doorstop’” mean?
there is a longer form of this phrase, "an expensive doorstop", that seems to be out of use; you might also see terms "paperweight" or "bookends", with the same meaning (the device is only useful for purposes of sitting around being heavy.)
May
10
comment Why is it ‘A God,’ not ‘God' in Mark Sanford’s “I want to acknowledge a God not just of second chances, but third, fourth, eighth chances”?
@Dynrepsys I think the question can be answered in the context of the speaker's avowed religions beliefs; given that Mark Sanford is an Episcopalian, and thus believes in a single God, how can we explain his chosen turn of phrase?
Apr
17
comment Why is there a comma in “Man discusses his, wife's experience”
Headlines have very relaxed "rules" of grammar; see also: chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/02/18/…
Apr
15
comment The lady's not for turning
I think it's stronger than just "in support of"; the entire line was "you turn if you want to, the lady's not for turning", meaning "we both support this idea now; you can give in to the pressure and change your mind, but I never will."
Apr
15
comment The lady's not for turning
in this context, it means turned away from her stated political positions. In the speech, she was specifically talking about her opposition to liberalising the UK economy. She was being pressured to reverse her position ("do a U-turn") on that topic, and her response was meant to say that she was "not built to do U-turns".
Mar
7
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Feb
7
comment Are “Fish in a barrel” and “Sitting ducks” similar?
A quick Google search for "fish in a barrel -shoot -shooting" doesn't actually return an idiomatic result on the first page; "they are just fish in a barrel" must be extremely rare if it's used at all.
Aug
5
comment What's a title for a founder no longer with a company?
I think emeritus suffers from the same problem as "former founder", in that it implies you no longer really qualify for the title but are allowed to keep it anyway; a company's founder always qualifies as its founder on his/her own merits.
Jul
27
comment What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?
I have heard "down to you" in Br.E. in places where I, as an American, would have said "up to you" (e.g. without the implication of a "whittling down" of a list of other people) so I think there's a large regional variation here.
Jul
25
comment How do you greet multiple recipients in an e-mail?
The only time I ever include a greeting in an email is when it is being CC'd to a lot of people -- particularly bosses -- I will often greet the primary recipient in the email as a hint to other recipients.