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comment What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?
No, @bobstro, this was a quite deliberate bit of typing. Joe, I don't see how the term could be applied to a female. Tart, yes, Tartar, no.
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comment What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?
Well, when I was going to a UK Grammar School in the late 60's, certain of the pupils were fond of referring to people who, in their opinion, "just didn't get it", as Philistines. I doubt that Tartar was a play on retard, actually. Now, my fiancee is an operating room nurse, and the bloke in question is a surgeon she works with, so your 3a there, wins the prize.
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asked What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?
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answered with you or to you
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comment Meaning of “No other language but shell would do something like that”
Colin, did you attend Cheltenham Grammar School and have a brother named David who also attended there?
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revised Meaning of “No other language but shell would do something like that”
correcting spelling and syntax
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answered The proper use of Quotes with parenthesis, brackets, and braces
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comment Correct usage of the possessive in the name “Christiaan Huygens”
I like your answer!
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revised Correct usage of the possessive in the name “Christiaan Huygens”
Fixing up the title to more accurately reflect question
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answered Correct usage of the possessive in the name “Christiaan Huygens”
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accepted Barrack or barracks?
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comment What does it mean to “take the mickey out of” something?
Thank you, @Mari-LouA, it is kind of you to notice my absence! My wife passed away back in September, and I've pretty much been hibernating since then. Only just starting to crawl out from under my rock, not to mix any metaphors. So, I'm back among friends!
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accepted What does it mean to “take the mickey out of” something?
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asked What does it mean to “take the mickey out of” something?
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comment greenwald (verb, transitive)
+1 for ad hominem against Dawkins. He deserves it, imho. On the other hand, I have no idea who Greenwald is, nor am I interested in finding out.
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comment What does “trollpoking” mean?
I've collected two downvotes on this so far, including one that came in two years after I posted my answer. I can only assume that the downers are trolls, and are offended at my calling trolls deceitful. Suck it up boyos, cuz I don't care!
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comment Differentiate between past and present just by pronunciation when word is followed by d- or similiar sound
@HotLicks, what does "tl;dr" mean? I've seen this in various places on the web, but never seen what it's supposed to signify.