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bio website jedoliver.com
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I live in California. I write. I game. I cook. And I'm a Dad.


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comment Specific word for discrimination based on religion
I'm not so sure. Racism tends to indicate a bias towards/against a specific race. Antitheism on the other hand tends to indicate a bias against all religions (or at least against theism, ie the belief in god or gods).
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Feb
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answered What's the shortest word that can stand for “to leave a legacy”?
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comment Is there a word to refer to “changing TV channels”?
I always liked surfing for the choosing of channels. I.E. "She surfed over to the news." Very visual word. Alternatively, avoid the rather passive activity altogether and simply imply the action has occurred. "I don't now how it happened or why but the next thing I knew the remote was in her hand and we were watching the news." Of course that's more Writers than EL&U, but I digress.
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answered Difference between “novel” and “fiction”
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comment Word for a shop which sells materials used in making clothing
and it's sergers, not surgers. Source: see above
May
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comment Word for a shop which sells materials used in making clothing
Just to answer the entire first part of the question, which is lacking sorely from your response: The word for materials (zippers, buttons, etc.) that go into homemade clothing is notions. The pattern will list how much and what type of fabric you need and the quantity and type of notions you need so you can go to the fabric store and buy them. Source: Me, I make clothing and stuff
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comment “Nation”: place or people?
@J.R. I think you might be better off using the phrase "A child fills his tiny world" instead. But if you want better suggestions on metaphor, I would consider asking this question in writers.stackexchange.com instead.
May
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comment “Nation”: place or people?
If you're seeking advice on how use nation as a creative metaphor for a child's imagination, you might want to consider migrating this question over to writers.stackexchange.com
May
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comment The history and use of the term “moth hour”
@Hugo Huh. So it is.
May
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comment The history and use of the term “moth hour”
Another thing to keep in mind on using an Ngram is that it will only tell you if the phrase was written down and Google OCR'd it. If the rural Irish were telling time according to flying insects, they probably weren't writing a whole lot of books. But that is more conjecture than fact, so I digress.
May
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comment The history and use of the term “moth hour”
@JLG The moth hour is at dawn and dusk, or daybreak and twilight, which is a bit more poetic. Americans never used this term, unless they were Irish immigrants who really liked Yeats. Also Yeats did not coin the term. While looking into the Google N-Gram I discovered that the earliest codified usage, according to Google, is an 1839 translation of [Flavius Josephus][1] which refers to the moth hour of the night. [1]: books.google.com/…
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comment Obama's use of “bemused”
Maybe he couldn't decide and invented a portmanteau of bewildered and amused =)
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comment American Equivalent of “Bog Standard”
Provided my parameters, I think this best addresses the core of question: How to replace bog standard with a better, more easily understood American English phrase. I'm still debating using quintessential versus an extended Brothers Grimm comparison, though. And for all you bog standard fans, I'm still going to use it, just somewhere else in my story. Let the readers Google it, if they have to.