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May
26
awarded  Popular Question
May
1
comment Why is “cannot” spelled as one word?
I stand in awe of this answer! Wow.
Apr
28
comment Does “Japanese tourist” have any meaning other than a tourist from Japan?
Wow, @DavidPugh! That's quite an observation -- I would have gone queasy, too!
Apr
16
awarded  Yearling
Apr
15
comment What does this sentence mean: “You watched his face crack open and your world shifted, …”?
@JhonSmith, low reputation won't stop you from Accepting. The system won't let anyone accept an answer until a specific time period has gone by (don't remember how long this is). Enough time has passed by now.
Apr
15
comment What does this sentence mean: “You watched his face crack open and your world shifted, …”?
@JhonSmith, thanks for the clarification! Had not heard that term before and was wondering what manners had to do with adverbs! :-) Seriously, I was puzzled. Sorry if I seemed abrasive.
Apr
15
comment What does this sentence mean: “You watched his face crack open and your world shifted, …”?
@JhonSmith: huh? "You watched his face crack open" doesn't mean that you watched his face crack open? That's an interesting claim, sir, but it doesn't hold water. And what the heck is an "adverb of manner" and what does it have to do with anything here? And I didn't mean it was to be take literally. Just that Simak had written something that was literal.
Apr
14
answered What does this sentence mean: “You watched his face crack open and your world shifted, …”?
Apr
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awarded  Notable Question
Mar
20
comment Technical term for “cityglow”
Skyglow. That's the first word that popped into my head when I read the question.
Feb
19
revised Why use the word “chasm” instead of just “gap” or “hole”
improved word
Feb
18
answered Why use the word “chasm” instead of just “gap” or “hole”
Feb
18
comment Why has the word 'margarine' dropped out of fashion?
That may be true, but I see vegetable oil spreads being labeled as "margarine" every time I go shopping. I won't eat the junk, unless actual butter isn't available.
Feb
13
answered Is calling someone “old school”- offensive/derogatory?
Feb
12
answered what does agnostic mean?
Feb
12
comment What does the -st word ending mean and is it used in any modern vocabulary?
FWIW, @JanusBahsJacquet, I've seen durst used that way. Perhaps the usage was incorrect. Or it may have been a regional form of darest: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/darest
Feb
12
comment Is the -old morpheme in 'threshold' an OE locative?
@Dan, which is at least one reason why I still like my threshold folk-etymology, despite the downvote(s). :-)
Feb
12
comment Is the -old morpheme in 'threshold' an OE locative?
Hmm, maybe. It's a good question, @Dan. I believe that "household" is a grouping word that pertains to persons, property or matters in the possession of, or having responsibility for a house. Check out the word "freehold". A "hold" or "keep" is a fortified property -- called that because someone holds it or keeps it, usually by force of arms.
Feb
12
revised Is the -old morpheme in 'threshold' an OE locative?
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Feb
12
comment Is the -old morpheme in 'threshold' an OE locative?
Yes, @JanusBahsJacquet, it does have the characteristics of folk-etymology, but regardless of that, it's a better etymology than none at all -- which is where we are, otherwise. In its defense, at least it makes sense. I don't remember where I heard or read it, but I've always liked it as an explanation. YMMV.