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Nov
20
comment Silent letters in English
@PeterShor I KNEW there was a term I was missing. And that's the silent R the OP wanted.
Nov
19
comment Silent letters in English
@FumbleFingers Don't forget victuals and boatswain
Jun
26
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
And you can't use statistics about high school or college sports to understand a phenomenon describing kids under 12. @nohat is exactly right - it's an upper-middle-class sport for youngish suburban white kids. That's what "Soccer mom" is all about. It has nothing to do with it being popular among moms - it's describing specifically these moms as chauffers/enablers for their kids' activities.
Jun
26
comment “Soccer mom”: why soccer?
This is wrong in so many ways - Football is not the American national sport (that title usually goes to baseball), and soccer is popular among both suburban boys and girls. Your sociology is all wrong here!
Jun
1
comment Origin of “More X than you can shake a stick at”
Welcome to English.SE! In general, we value answers that have sources or at least an externally verifiable proof, not personal guesses. If you have any proof for this, I'd love to see it, but the earliest uses listed here (1790s) don't seem to be used in a mining context, so I do doubt your assertion.
Oct
31
comment How does one mention “first class honors” and GPA correctly on a résumé?
This seems like a question for careers.SE
Oct
31
comment Usage of double dots (..) Is it formal?
Ellipsis, not elipse
Oct
28
comment If you send an email that you already sent, can you say you “resent” it? Same as “resenting” someone?
Also, someone who tied something first is the first tier :) English is ambiguous
Oct
18
comment What is the origin of the phrase “There goes the neighborhood” and does it have racial connotations?
Actually, the Federal Housing Administration explicitly used race as a metric of "neighborhood desirability" so the fear of depreciation that @choster mentions was quite real and enforced by federal policy until the Fair Housing Act. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Housing_Administration#Redlining
Oct
16
comment Did the CIA really introduce 'conspiracy theory' into popular usage after JFK?
Sounds like a joke.
Oct
15
comment Is the word European the only word that doesn't go after “an?”
What are you asking? "This" also doesn't go after "an". "Purple" also doesn't. Also, "are"...
Oct
15
comment OxFORD and CamBRIDGE
It's hard to tell what you're asking here. If your question is along the lines of your above comment, please put that in the question. If your question is about loconyms and manmade water crossings, ask that. Right now, it may seem obvious to you, but I have no idea exactly what you're asking, and evidenced by your unimpressed reaction to answers, neither do the other participants here.
Oct
15
comment Use of “of” to define objects?
There's no significant difference between "the penguins of Malaysia" and "the United States of America". There's no significant difference between "the Kingdom of Cambodia" and "the police station of Pawtucket".
Oct
14
comment What is the etymology of “[computer] terminal”?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_terminal
Oct
14
comment What is the verb for developing a chip on one's shoulder?
@FumbleFingers Does the supplemental question make this more answerable?
Oct
11
comment What is the verb for developing a chip on one's shoulder?
@MrHen Picked up?
Oct
11
comment What is the verb for developing a chip on one's shoulder?
I'm specifically asking for a verb to use with that idiom that means "to become a person who has" a chip on their shoulder. Also, all of these words have very different connotations than the idiom - and the first two are transitive!
Sep
13
comment What part of speech is “only” in “Fame lights a fuse that leads only to extinguishment”?
Omitting the quotation marks in the title leads to a very compelling question!
Sep
9
comment How did the word “copacetic” come into use?
@hunter - First, why is 1919 an implausible time period? The British started military occupation in 1917. Second, this answer has nothing to do with Yiddish whatsoever.
Aug
23
comment What does “sock puppeting” mean?
meta.stackoverflow.com/tags/sock-puppets/info