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Feb
10
comment Fun + Challenging =?
Puzzling means difficult to solve, which for some is also fun.
Jan
29
comment What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?
@jimm101 Olga can define academically whatever she wants it to be. Nothing wrong with a simple definition.
Jan
29
comment What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?
@olga Perdue's recommendations for academic definitions include to Define a word in simple and familiar terms. Your definition of an unfamiliar word should not lead your audience towards looking up more words in order to understand your definition.
Jan
29
comment What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?
This definition for beer says an individual serving of beer; a glass, can, or bottle of beer:
Jan
28
comment What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?
If you want to sound "academic," just use the Latin form: "Let biber be a subunit of a pack of alcoholic drinks made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops." ;-)
Jan
28
comment What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?
@nekomatic I agree with your argument for a bar or even a beer store. However, the title of the question specifies units "in a pack," and varieties or brands doesn't really make confusion there (except for variety packs). The usage is for a specific context.
Dec
31
comment What is the offline equivalent of “clickbait”?
Junk mail alone isn't always enticing. Marking it Confidential or Contains time-sensitive information is a way to get someone to open it.
Sep
12
comment Student vs Students'
It's three nouns in a row, which has disadvantages. ‘Group for optics students ‘ or ‘Student group for optics‘ have very different meanings. Which one works best?
Aug
30
comment Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”
Not sure everyone agrees with your definition of challenging :-) consumeraffairs.com/news/…
Aug
30
comment Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”
I'm not sure I understand what you want. Anyone who has overcome a challenge knows that there's some mild pain involved. Arthritis can be challenging. Aerobic workouts or hikes can be challenging. Bad traffic can be challenging, etc. No pain, no gain.
Aug
30
comment Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”
I suggest you remove euphemistic from the question title. From merriam-webster.com/dictionary/euphemism : a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive
Aug
3
comment Word for multi opponent combat?
@tchrist As I mentioned, I started to know the word because I played the game by the same name when I was in my teens. I always pronounced it "MAY-lay", but several people used the mealy homophone. Diacritics or not, where I grew up in West Virginia one wasn't always inclined to use fancy city-folk words.
Aug
3
comment Word for multi opponent combat?
@Xarcell it's been in my vocabulary since 1979 or so, as I used to play the board game: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melee_(game)
Aug
3
comment What word(s) do children of English native speakers use for “kid”/“child”/etc
@Catija OP states "looking for (a) word(s) that is/are perceived to be child's language by adults." The daycare workers correct the other kids to say that's X (my son's name), not a baby.
Jul
7
comment A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?
I proposed selective with fine palate to connote the food quality aspect.
Jul
7
comment A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?
Edited after downvote sans comment. Little help?
May
30
comment Taxi Fraud or Taxi Scam?
My intuition is similar. Scam would imply customer, whereas fraud implies the system. I was scammed (short-changed) by a taxi driver in Lausanne Switzerland once in the 5 years I lived there. No place is scam-free when it comes to taxis. It's a job that has a lot of opportunities to be opportunistic!
May
30
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/…
May
30
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/…
Dec
8
comment Is it correct to use “their” instead of “his or her”?
@PeterShor For a member of Congress, "it" could be appropriate ;-)