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Apr
9
comment It never rains but it pours
It looks like I'm the odd one out, but I've used and heard "When it rains, it pours" for both positive and negative sitations.
Mar
13
comment Tom, Jake and Jenny aren't looking forward to Thanksgiving. Why?
+1 for answering the question straight and to the point
Mar
6
comment Word or term for an argument that is inherently true
+1 for "truism"
Dec
12
comment Antonym for “exceed”
From a strict mathematical perspective, "not more than" would be the more correct opposite. But in casual conversation "less than" would also be understood.
Dec
12
comment Antonym for “exceed”
@JDB - If "exceed" is "more than" (>) then the opposite can be defined as either "less than" (<) or "not more than / less than or equal to" (<=). When using the second definition, "maintain" fits well.
Feb
21
comment Is this a proper use of a semicolon and the word “whom”?
@TimLymington - "I wonder if it is formal enough to need with whom they work" - see the answers to this question.
Feb
21
comment Confirmation that someone is listening to another person's speech
Though the eye contact and occasional nod convey interest more strongly than any of the verbal interjections. One can say "uh-huh" while being completely preoccupied with some other task.
Jan
21
comment Adjective for something that can be responded to
+1 for explaining the "why"
Oct
15
comment How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)?
The OP is looking for a way to prompt an answer in ordinal form. "2" is not in ordinal form. "Second" or "third" is.
Oct
15
comment How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)?
But the answer will not be given in ordinal form.
Sep
3
comment “How” vs. “that” in “You know how we have pizza on Thursdays, right?”
Sentences ending with "right?" are usually rhetorical. The speaker is more likely to be reminding the listener of a fact, rather than asking if he knows it.
Aug
7
comment A word to describe setting-up (or preparing) the basic attributes of something
By "set up" do you mean to find and gather the materials, or that work has to be done to the items to make them usable?
Aug
7
comment What does “you will want to” mean?
+1 You explained very well how the idiomatic meaning fits with the literal meaning.
Aug
6
comment What is the antonym of “dependent”?
@tchrist - good point. Will qualify my answer.
Jul
27
comment A word for something that is both useful and beautiful
Even if the terms "elegant, well-designed" do connote items that "fall down on function" (with which I disagree), "acme, standout" and your other examples don't particularly suggest form and function. The OP specifically asked for words that are not general.
Jul
27
comment A word for something that is both useful and beautiful
"Perfect" sounds just as general as "great" or "superb." Yes, it does mean "great in every way," but it doesn't specify "form and function."
Jun
15
comment How to read “E = (mc)²” so as not to mistake for “E = mc²”
While this might not work for well-known equations where people anyways hear what they expect to hear, not necessarily what the speaker said, think of a more general case, such as differentiating between xy² and (xy)².
Jun
15
comment How to read “E = (mc)²” so as not to mistake for “E = mc²”
To me this sounds like (E = mc)²
Jun
1
comment Meaning and usage of “to no end”
@Jay - too true
May
31
comment Meaning and usage of “to no end”
"I can't see how the phrase would be useful" - As a native speaker of English: the fact of the matter is that the phrase is used. "Since most people aren't annoying deliberately" - I guess you haven't met my siblings and coworkers :)