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accepted Usage of “symmetrical” and “symmetric”
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awarded  Famous Question
Feb
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comment How did “s***” and “the s***” come to mean opposite things?
So you're saying drugs are the answer? Awesome!
Oct
8
comment Starting a sentence with because
@MarkBailey: Not true, both words can be used as synonyms of "because" - since (def 2), as (def 5). The problem is that they both have tonnes of other meanings, and that can make them less clear. But it's usually fairly obvious from the context.
Oct
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comment What is the first part of a joke called?
@Gareth: I should put in a feature request to get all links to TVtropes banned during work hours.
Oct
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comment What is the first part of a joke called?
@lol: Not to mention scifi/fantasy trivia..
Oct
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comment What is the collective noun for a group of scorpions?
@GreenAsJade: Sure, that's why I didn't suggest that "whip" was a collective noun. You can click the phrase in the table down the bottom to get a Google Books search, and that allows you to check how the phrase is used.
Oct
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Oct
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answered What is the collective noun for a group of scorpions?
Oct
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comment What is the collective noun for a group of scorpions?
Surely a nest is only applicable when they're in a place (their home, under a rock or what ever), and not when they're on the move (a marauding cyclone of scorpions.. heh).
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awarded  Autobiographer
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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
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comment Origin and meaning of “from out of left field”
Wow. Your sentence lengths are astounding.
Aug
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accepted Origin and meaning of “from out of left field”
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted How to punctuate an example indicated by “say”
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