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comment What's a word for doing something eagerly despite the pain? Especially in the context of eating something hot or spicy
Spicy foods cause endorphine release, much like a runner's high. It is pleasure from pain. articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-01-31/entertainment/…
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comment What's a word for doing something eagerly despite the pain? Especially in the context of eating something hot or spicy
I think this answer neglects the science. Spices provoke endorphine release, so there is great pleasure for some. articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-01-31/entertainment/…
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awarded  Yearling
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revised Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class
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answered Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class
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revised Alternative to “We'll just have to agree to disagree”
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answered Alternative to “We'll just have to agree to disagree”
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comment Is it correct to use “their” instead of “his or her”?
@PeterShor For a member of Congress, "it" could be appropriate ;-)
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comment 'Vulnerable' Without Negative Connotations
Vulnerable in terms of humility is both a strength and a weakness. "The more vulnerable you are, the stronger you appear," is a principle in human relationships.
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answered 'Vulnerable' Without Negative Connotations
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment What is a person who never leaves a tip called?
@terdon I have never heard it used, but I understand how the term may have come about based on the anecdote I gave above.
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comment What is a person who never leaves a tip called?
I spent 10 days in the Gaspé peninsula (Quebec), a favorite for French tourists in August. There were plenty of explanations of what is 15% tipping (in French, so it wasn't for the German tourists). There were even menu options at Hotel Normandie in Percé that included a 15% "service" - they were no different than the menu options without "service"... My wife found this odd and my only conclusion was it is so the French (or European) tourists didn't have to do calculations at the end since they're not used to it.
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comment What is a person who never leaves a tip called?
Canadian? It's ironic. Canada has higher sales taxes that include provincial and federal tax (in Quebec it's almost 15% total). But a 15% tip is generally expected here. So, if you pay 15% of the total (after taxes), you're giving way more tip than you would in the USA, where (state) sales tax might only be 3% or 5%.
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comment A word that describes the polite phrases we use to begin our letters
In the case of bad news, there's perhaps no easy way to sugar-coat things. I wouldn't try to reinforce my good intention at the start, but I would say I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news.
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted Adjective to describe a task that will take a long time because it's a lot of work and/or a lot of waiting
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revised Adjective to describe a task that will take a long time because it's a lot of work and/or a lot of waiting
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