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Dec
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answered What is the offline equivalent of “clickbait”?
Dec
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
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awarded  Yearling
Dec
29
answered Someone who buys a lot of books but does not usually read them
Nov
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comment How do you pronounce “xth”?
@Henry—I agree, and my (back-)rationale is that the ordinal quantity is (n + 1), not just 1; that is, it's really (n + 1)th. And -th is the standard suffix—*-st* is an edge case when the ordinal is exactly 1, which it is not.
Jul
19
comment Capital or lowercase letter after a formula?
Note also the ties (~)—they're important!
Jul
19
answered Capital or lowercase letter after a formula?
May
17
comment I'm looking for a word opposite to dying
@QPaysTaxes …and its gerund form is kindling as well.
Mar
28
comment Can “wonder if” be followed by a subjunctive clause only?
Here's an ngram chart with the "was" indicative variants as well. They rise quickly in recent years (since about 1975).
Mar
6
comment Word or phrase for doing something poorly so that someone else does it for you?
Related: Cunningham's Law.
Feb
23
comment “The the” next to each other
What if it were "a The Republic DLC," if there were multiple? It seems that this article duplication would be warranted to specify that you're not referring to all of them or the only one. Then, by extension, if there were multiple, couldn't "the The Republic DLC" be correct—as in "The The Republic DLC currently on sale is the most popular ever"?
Feb
16
comment Word that accentuates the stillness of an object?
While not wrong, this has a very peaceful connotation, which may not jibe with the intended usage: "the bodies were at rest" and "the bodies were deathly still" come across quite differently, IMO.
Feb
9
comment Alternatives to “break a butterfly on a wheel”
There's also nuking the mosquito.
Feb
3
comment Sayings about “the first one is the biggest sinner”
And, of course….
Sep
24
comment What does “the storm booming without in solemn swells” mean?
@tchrist Well, without isn't used in its most common sense, so that's probably the confusion (although comparison with within shouldn't make it too difficult).
Aug
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suggested rejected edit on Proper term for knowing four or more languages?
Jun
8
comment An explanation of the preface in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
We can also call a work that is "really about oneself, or revealing of oneself" roman à clef.
May
29
comment What word would be used for someone who shoots video
@keshlam Confirmed: it's in the OED as a derivative of videogram.
May
24
comment How would you describe this hair?
I think he means more the clumped nature than the tousled nature.