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comment Word for the bias of a profession towards itself?
@JohnLawler After giving this a few months of thought, I'm convinced that parochialism is the best choice. Alas, it's not an answer! If you'd make it one I'd be happy to accept it.
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comment How do you pronounce the << operator
I pronounce it just like it's spelled.
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comment Word for the bias of a profession towards itself?
@JohnLawler interesting, that does seem to be related. I had been looking over Wikipedia's List of cognitive biases and not finding anything, but maybe this isn't really a cognitive bias; after all, it doesn't necessarily lead to any inaccurate beliefs, just skewed preferences.
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asked Word for the bias of a profession towards itself?
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comment Why is “toast” uncountable?
I'm not sure that I agree that "put a toast in it!" necessarily indicates that it is being used as a countable noun; I might ask you to "give it a fizz", or to "take the chill off", or note that the fire "has a nice warm glow", but these are not countable things.
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comment Suitable saying for “different people like/dislike different things”?
Whatever floats your boat.
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asked What's the “textbook” way to write a passive sentence with a phrasal verb?
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comment How did “run over him” evolve to “run him over” over the last 50 years?
It's probably relevant that "over" in "ran him over" sounds like a complement, ie the emphasis is on the impact rather than the process (making it sound more destructive).
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accepted A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?
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asked A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?
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comment What is meant by “steep learning curve”?
Those definitions are not opposite. Learning quickly does not mean that the end goal is easy, just like learning slowly does not mean that the end goal is hard (my learning curve for playing trombone is very shallow indeed, but that's because I've never touched the instrument). How fast you acquire knowledge is unrelated to how much knowledge is required to achieve your end goal.
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accepted How did “s***” and “the s***” come to mean opposite things?
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comment How did “s***” and “the s***” come to mean opposite things?
So, if you use "shit" to mean drugs, then "the shit" would be good drugs in the same way that "the life" is a good life. So what you really want to say is "your idea is the", but you can't say "the" without a noun so you say "your idea is the shit".
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