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Dec
18
comment What do you call the Pringles container that looks like a ‘bottle’?
goo.gl/qmNEN2 There is virtually no mention of Nalgene flask or Nalgene beaker compared to the ubiquitous Nalgene bottle. And maybe one other common thing shaped like Pringles tube is a tennis ball container, which I admit is called a can sometimes, but I think tube is better. Although admittedly Trends shows that can is much more common in both cases. ;-)
Dec
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Dec
18
comment What do you call the Pringles container that looks like a ‘bottle’?
I've called them cans myself, but have to admit that Oxford dictionary says cans are made of metal. ;-) I think the tube gives the illusion of metal, which lends itself to the name can. Tennis ball tubes, which are plastic, are less likely to be called cans I think (although they still are sometimes, as a quick Google search will show).
Dec
18
comment What do you call the Pringles container that looks like a ‘bottle’?
Tiny nitpick: do a Google Image Search for "Nalgene bottle." Not all bottles have narrow openings. If somebody made a plastic container in the exact shape of a Pringles can, but for carrying water, I'd call it a bottle. In this case it is the contents/purpose/material of the container that govern the name, not the shape. Less tiny notpick: It's also interesting that the same Oxford dictionary you quoted specifies that a "can" is made out of metal. Which makes the cardboard Pringles container I previously also called a can... more accurately, a tube.
Mar
4
comment Edification is to knowledge as _____ification is to food
No, I thought that might be it too, but the meaning I'm thinking of is more along the lines of adding food to a person, rather than adding nutrients to food.
Mar
4
asked Edification is to knowledge as _____ification is to food
Dec
26
comment 911: nine one one vs. nine eleven
Ninety-one one.
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Aug
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comment You “show” someone a picture. You “---” someone a song?
To "tell" someone something is to cause him to listen. But you don't really "tell" a song. You can tell someone a story though.
May
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May
21
accepted Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?
May
20
comment Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?
@KrisQuigley It's a sign on a road, but it's about panhandling in the medians so it is most likely not directed at actual drivers. Regardless, even if it was for drivers, there are four words used, and I can certainly think of other four-word combos that would convey the same message but without the problem of using words in ways they weren't intended.
May
20
comment Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?
@GEdgar It's possible, since 75% of this city speaks English as a 2nd language. Your point is taken; most people probably do get the meaning. But the same meaning can by conveyed using the CORRECT words.
May
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May
19
comment Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?
@Kris Thanks for that. My title made no ense!
May
19
revised Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?
edited title
May
19
comment Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?
I am sure that is what the sign writers wanted to say. I don't think the words they chose work the way they used them.
May
19
asked Does the phrase “violations will be enforced” make any sense?