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I yearn to be Bugs.

I suspect I am Daffy.

I look like Elmer.


Mar
19
comment Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits
"Back-slider" is one term I've heard used.
Mar
15
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
Ask 'em if they're familiar with the David Bowie song "Rebel Rebel" and if they are tell them you're having the same problem as the character's mother in the song.
Mar
13
awarded  Teacher
Mar
13
answered What does “Come-to Jesus (moment / stage / meeting)” mean? Is it a popular word?
Mar
12
comment “Soldier sleeps - the service continues” (Russian idiom/saying)
@JanusBahsJacquet - I've always liked "Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day; set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life". :-)
Mar
12
comment What's the English equivalent of “Drilling one's head”?
It sounds like "nagging" or "bugging" or "bringing up" or "going on and on and on" would perhaps be close to equivalent.
Mar
12
comment Would a golfer say, “I shot for 200 yards”?
I think it would sound more natural to say, "You hit the ball 200 yards", or "You hit it 200 yards".
Mar
11
comment Is word “crap” considered a vulgarism?
Some people can take offense at any word in the English language - and as English is a rather word-rich langugage (due to borrowing words from just about everywhere) there is much to be offended about. It's not so much what is said as how it is said. Stand on a street corner and angrily shout "Petunias!" or "Chrysanthemums!"and I'm sure you'll find yourself surrounded in short order by a bevy of such individuals who feel that your use of the name of a flower is unconscionably vulgar because "We all know what you meant!!!".
Mar
11
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Given the apparent ability of some people to take offense at anything, I suggest "Oh, for Bowdler's sake!" - although I have no doubt that such individuals will manage to take offense at such a use of the name of the saintedly dirty-minded Dr. Bowdler as well...
Mar
10
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Mar
10
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Come to think of it, my German grandfather had an expression that he used rather than cuss: "DONNERVETTER!!!!" - "thunder weather" in German. When he shouted it I can tell you it was impressive - but once it was translated for me it sounded kind of silly. :-)
Mar
10
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
One of the other dads at the gym where my daughter trains is a doctor (emergency room physician - great guy to have around when your daughters spend half their lives upside down :-). The other day his daughter's foot got caught under an opening door and got cut - nothing serious, but lots of blood. His response: "You're fine. If it's still bleeding when we get home I'll stitch you up. Let's go".
Mar
10
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
How about "By the bilious beard of Bowdler!".
Mar
10
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
I've got Hindu and Muslim friends who use the expression, "Oh, my God!" regularly. I just smile quietly to myself. :-)
Mar
10
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
I had a friend back in grade school who decided to worship the Norse pantheon. Didn't seem to do him much good, but on the other hand it didn't seem to do him any harm. He was kind of a weird kid - had a couple of big crows as pets...
Mar
10
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
@BennettMcElwee - say it long and say it loud, I'm pedantic and I'm prone to go off on what some might describe as rants on topics which others either do not care (sufficiently, IMO) about or are shockingly uninformed about, fools that these mortals be. But bother me? Oh, perish the thought, idea, concept, or speculation! :-)
Mar
9
comment Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?
Well, I've always like "Oh, jefuss chucking zrist!". Everybody thinks they know exactly what you've said, but it's really all in their nasty little minds, now isn't it..? My only problem with this is that in the heat of the moment I have a hard time slowing down enough to say it right. :-)
Mar
7
comment Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?
Wouldn't a GnuYawkah pronounce "the gardener" as "deh gahdnuh". To my eye "de" would be pronounced with a long "e" (e.g. "dee") which I don't believe would be the common GnuYawkese pronunciation. YMMV. (And IANAGY).
Jan
9
comment A formal way to say “I don't want to sound too cocky…”
By saying anything remotely like "I don't want to sound cocky, but..." you come across as sounding cocky. First-person statements ("MY CODE ROCKS!") will come across as self-aggrandizing (because, y'know, that's what they are, right?) Leave this and anything else off - just say what you have to say as plainly and simply as possible, without using first person - like "There is a more efficient way to process the data. When can we schedule a time to discuss this?". Likewise, leave off anything to the effect of "P.S. I ROCK, YOU SUCK!!!". This can also cause hard feelings. DAMHIK :-)
Jun
2
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