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Feb
15
comment Is it correct to say “must you drive me crazy”?
Sounds pretty stilted and unnatural.
Feb
15
comment Is there a rule for abbreviating is to 's?
Yeah, I use this sort of thing without thinking twice in non-professional settings. "I wouldn't've done it that way". I wouldn't use it in anything formal, but it is easily understandable and makes communication more natural in my opinion.
Feb
15
comment Opposite of honorary member
"Members". You don't need an adjective to reinforce what the word already means alone.
Feb
15
comment Idiom criticizing a person who has unsolved problems but tries to give someone advice about them
I have never heard this second one. Though it doesn't rhyme, I think it sort of makes more sense the other way around, no?
Dec
20
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Dec
2
comment any way just so's?
@JohnPeters I think it's a little more complicated contraction than that. Why would you contract so and that with 's?
Dec
2
comment One word for a wandering scholar
Why would you love a one-word replacement of an understandable two-word phrase that would just send virtually every reader to a dictionary to read a twenty-word definition? I understand the stated preference is "archaic and eclectic". But why?
Oct
26
comment Is “dude” becoming gender neutral?
In Chicago. Have always used dude for women and men and never thought anything of it.
Mar
11
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Jan
17
comment Word meaning “open to being persuaded by a strong argument”?
It's pretty sad we have to struggle to come up with a word for this concept.
Jan
13
comment Is there an established phrase like “Claim a false dollar to get a rightful cent”?
Where did the "false dollar" phrase originate? Acquired somewhere? translated? own invention?
Jan
13
comment What do you refer to a chart/graph designer as?
This is only obliquely related to statistics in that it works with statistical data, but isn't concerned at all with the collection of that data. "Information Design" is what you're after.
Jan
13
comment She, as well as I (am/is/are?) tired of the work
Five words to signify "we"?
Jan
9
comment The word “mine”: Anyone else use a velar nasal /maiŋ/ for “belongs to me” meaning, but still /main/ for “explosive”/“coal mine”?
I think possessive "mine" definitely has hints of "my" in it and is more nasal than "might" or "mile" for example. I can detect what you're observing in my own speech. Chicago, so within ca 10° longitude of your home if that means anything for similarity of pronunciation. Probably not.
Jan
5
comment That's a lot of ___ vs. those are a lot of ___
This is also a bit complicated because "lot" is used to refer to an area that cars are parked in. For clarity, I'd change the question to "oranges". Or a vegetable.
Jan
3
comment What do call individuals who express their opinions as if they were facts?
Every single person.
Jan
3
comment What does “a lot of cargo for noodle soup" mean?
That review's got a lot of cargo for such a simple thought.
Jan
3
comment Is the following sentence correct?
Sounds better when spoken aloud. There would likely be the slightest hint of a syllable between "table" and "stands": "There's a table eh'stands in the corner.". Looks a bit poetic in written form, but pretty approximate to how it'd be spoken colloquially.
Jan
3
comment We're finished vs We're done
Nah, you're good.
Dec
23
comment Would the slang version, yessir, of yes, sir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?
It is all context and will be interpreted within an array of factors.