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Sep
16
comment “Despite the fact” implies knowledge of said facts
To me, "He borrowed my car, despite the fact that it needs new brakes." has a (vague) implication that you informed him that the brakes were bad. "He borrowed my car, despite the fact that I told him it needs new brakes." is much closer to the original than "He borrowed my car, despite the fact that I didn't tell him it needs new brakes.". Also the odds in blackjack aren't overwhelming, and the house doesn't necessarily have better odds :P. And the odds at roulette are known, and usually disregarded in favour of "luck".
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Aug
9
comment Origin and meaning of “from out of left field”
Wow. Your sentence lengths are astounding.
Aug
9
accepted Origin and meaning of “from out of left field”
Aug
9
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Aug
9
accepted How to punctuate an example indicated by “say”
Aug
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Jul
14
comment Is “man” the opposite of “woman”?
Can anything have "opposites"? Red and green are generally considered opposites, and they are on the colour wheel, but the concept make no sense on the EMR spectrum. Black and white are opposites, but actually they're just our perception of the minimum and maximum light sensitivity in our eyes - our black is an Owl's grey. Totally abstract absolute concepts like left/right are opposite, but even they depend on which way you're facing...
Jul
14
comment If the English language is always evolving, why do we need to learn and follow grammatical rules?
It would probably add something to this answer to mention "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously"‌​. That perfect standard grammar applied arbitrarily can result in meaningless sentences.
Jul
14
comment Does appending a question mark to a declarative sentence result in a valid sentence?
The "rules" are extracted from the language, not the other way around. They're not really 'rules', but common patterns. The patterns are shared among many language users, and so breaking really common ones can cause confusion. But like all patterns in nature, there are many exceptions to the rules, and rules within rules. Anyway, one particularly clear pattern among native speakers is that in some cases, you can drop a large part of the sentence, and leave it implicit. "(are) You coming?", "(is that) Really (true)?". Why is that not also grammatically correct?
Jul
14
comment Position of question mark when sentence doesn't end with question
Is that second quoted example ("There are three ...") actually correct? Doesn't a question mark end a sentence? If so, shouldn't the "is" be capitalised? Maybe it'd be easier on my brain if it was in quote marks, which would probably work in work that example, but not all examples..
Jul
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Nov
22
comment Euphemism for “There's more than one way to skin a cat”
@jackweirdy: What? Are you gonna try to argue that there's only one way? :D
Nov
22
comment Euphemism for “There's more than one way to skin a cat”
Note that you can also use all of those verbs while retaining the original noun 'cat'. Except perhaps 'make'.
Nov
18
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Oct
23
comment Word for small junk items in household
We used to always call it "the third drawer". Even when we moved into a bigger place, and it moved up to the second drawer...
Oct
23
comment Word for small junk items in household
I was going to suggest this too. I think the wiktionary definition is probably a bit off.
Oct
17
comment “Left” and “right” are to “side” as “front” and “rear” are to what?
(s/wall/painting/). To back your argument though, "end" is also used in biology.