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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 ;-)
Nov
14
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.
Sep
11
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.
Sep
10
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.
Sep
10
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%.
Jun
4
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.
Mar
24
comment Adjective to describe a task that will take a long time because it's a lot of work and/or a lot of waiting
Thanks for the suggestions. Since you seem to grok the lingo, I'll add the problem is with tasks that should not run on the UI thread. It's bad to block the UI thread for too much time, and it doesn't matter what the reason is.
Feb
27
comment How do you pronounce “melee”?
As for butcherings, I've heard may-lay and even mee-lee
Feb
27
comment Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation
"We can improve the recognition rate..." could be phrased actively with "Our novel algorithm based on this cool heuristic improves the recognition rate."