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Feb
5
comment Is there any curse/ swear equivalent for this Persian curse? “ May your head be covered by soil!”
A slightly less vulgar expression would be "Dammit!", as in "Dammit! You know I need that medicine or I'll have a stroke!", or "Dammit! I told you not to tell mom that my new boyfriend is the president of the local Hell's Angel's chapter!"
Jan
6
comment What do you call a glade or path created artificially in order to to prevent wildfires?
I've been around agriculture a fair bit over the years and have never heard "swath" used in this manner. But I have cut many a swath of grass and grain in my day, with scythe and mower... :-)
Nov
6
comment How to jokingly express an “if you pay me, I'll say it” attitude?
Please! The term "courtesan" is so much more chic! :-)
Nov
6
answered How to jokingly express an “if you pay me, I'll say it” attitude?
Oct
27
comment Does “Bad Ass!” have a positive or negative meaning?
@JohnLawler - they're like Ford cars. Mustangs are cool. Mavericks suck. :-)
Oct
27
comment Does “Bad Ass!” have a positive or negative meaning?
@JohnLawler - in my days in the Navy someone who had risen from the enlisted ranks and gained his/her commission was known as a "mustang". "Maverick" is the dumb-assed nickname of a character played by a dumb-assed actor in a stupid-sh*t movie about a bunch of brown-shoes. YMMV.
Oct
27
comment Does “Bad Ass!” have a positive or negative meaning?
That depends. If you're a human being and are referred to as a "badass" it's generally complementary, although with perhaps some negative bias. It can be assumed to be a negative comment, though, if you happen to be a donkey... :-)
Oct
16
comment If cow = beef, pig = pork, and deer = venison, then where is the word for human = [flesh as food source]?
@PLL: perhaps one could serve a ragout de paysan for dinner - perhaps with some fava beans and a nice chianti..?
Oct
14
comment What is “a room a company provides for eating food” called?
"Lunch room", "break room", "cafe", "cafeteria" (although this usually would mean food was served), and "lounge" are all names I've heard used over the years for "a place where food brought from home may be stored (if refrigerated space is available), prepared (usually limited to microwave preparation) and consumed". YMMV.
Oct
8
comment What does ‘If she’s a feminist, then I’m a T. Rex’ mean?
@YoichiOishi - in my opinion it's a good turn of phrase. It brings to mind the poem "Comment" by Dorothy Parker: "Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song/A medley of extemporanea/And love is a thing that can never go wrong/And I am Marie of Romania". Here the poet is sarcastically saying that if life is a glorious cycle of song, etc, then she is Marie of Romania (who was the queen of Romania from 1914 to 1927); but as the poet was definitely NOT the queen of Romania, then by inference all the other things she's said in the poem are also false. Hope this helps.
Sep
22
comment Drove my chevy to the levy and the levy was dry
For another use of the word "levee" in a song consider "When The Levee Breaks" (originally by Kansas Joe McCoy and his wife Memphis Minnie, but made most familiar to modern audiences by Led Zeppelin). The song refers to The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, where levee failures resulted in the flooding of vast areas of the Mississippi valley.
Aug
17
comment What kind of psychic is this one called?
Yeah, man - psychics are REAL! One of my frat brothers is a psychic! I always wondered what happened to English majors after graduation... :-)
Aug
17
comment What kind of psychic is this one called?
@JoeBlow - if you were clairvoyant, you'd know... :-)
Jul
9
comment Is there an English equivalent to the Persian saying “Now that it's my turn, the sky fell down”?
@KristinaLopez - "Gloom, despair, and agony on me!" :-)
Jul
1
comment What's an adjective for “pertaining to donkeys”?
@dberm22 - well, I guess someone just made a donkey of you. :-)
May
1
comment Word for a person who talks without content
Politician. :-|
Apr
4
comment Are there English equivalents for “as beautiful as butt inside out”?
"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone!" :-)
Feb
22
comment Derogatory term for a corporate employee
Ooooh! I like "stooge"!! And...I CALL CURLY!!!!!!! :-)
Feb
3
answered The statues were unheralded for almost a century - a better idiom/phrase
Feb
1
comment Word that describes either a team or a single player
@and256 - All for one and one for all! ...and every man for himself..! :-)