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May
11
comment More common expression for “move your bowels”
...I've had friends (and family) say such things, but as one of the kids you mention, I'll point out that we're not all saying it, and some of us even consider it vulgar...And actually now that I think of it, "poop" is used more often as another word for crap, that is, not literally. It could be different on other campi, but I thought I'd mention it.
May
11
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@Ryan Completely understood! :) I just realised reading back over my comment that I wasn't best pleased with my tone.
May
11
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@Ryan Indeed. I know you weren't singling me out, but, FWIW, I wasn't trying to be obnoxious. I was trying to point out that assuming someone who uses big words is trying to lord whatever over you is unfair. I'm not trying to impress or belittle anyone by using "big" words. I'm trying to respect your intelligence and avoid wasting your time. Still, this isn't the first time I've found these sentiments, and, when vocalised, they're extremely unpleasant. "Arrogance" is one of the kinder things I've been called because I made the mistake of not consciously talking down to them. In summary, :(.
May
11
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
As a user of "$2 words," I'm not trying to impress anyone. Are you suggesting I should say someone "tends to use really long words even though he doesn't have to" instead of "is sesquipedalian?" Honestly, I'd find the first far more impressive, but not necessarily in a good way. Especially if it were intentional. That I'd find depressing, if not insulting, considering that it effectually implies I'm an idiot who can't be expected to know such a big word. Sorry to rant, but I've never understood how pretending to be less intelligent to protect someone's feelings is anything but mockery.
May
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May
8
comment Pronunciation of “zounds?”
...That's actually how I pronounce it. I've heard others do so as well. Granted I'm a very silly person, but I don't think I'm superlatively so. And in case you're wondering, I do use it relatively often. It works wonderfully when I'm mocking my friends. :)
May
7
comment What expression do you have in English as a counterpart to Japanese saying “Earthquake, Thunderbolt, Fire and Father"?
Death rides a pale horse...There are several books (Saxon series by Bernard Cornwell for example) that use the four horsemen to great thematic effect...I had a point, but I think I forgot it...Either way, +1. :)
May
7
comment What is a good word for a person who doesn't masturbate?
Prudish? It's not very specific, but it does imply disapproval and/or dislike of amoral acts, if only in principle.
May
5
comment Is there a shorter term for “divided by” in American English?
@TRiG when I say "into" I'm thinking like "5 into fourths" or "5 turned into 4 pieces," not "5 goes into 4." As I said, it tends to catch people up. :)
May
4
comment When is it appropriate to refer to someone as Dr. [Surname]?
@Al Everett Actually you can get a doctorate in law, making you a doctor. Look at the Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juris_Doctor. Or look at @mplungjan 's link.
May
2
comment What's the word for words that roll off the tongue?
@MrHen I enjoy saying "susurration" more than I do "suppuration" not because of how they sound (or what they mean), but because for me it's actually, physically fun to say. I also enjoy saying gibberish words because it's fun to make my mouth produce sounds it isn't accustomed to. The sounds themselves, however, are of secondary concern. I'm sure of that because I was doing it silently during my SAT tests waiting for the next section to start. And, yes, I know I'm strange. :)
May
1
comment Words to describe something that does not reach your expectations for it
Most people I know would just say "joke." It's a whole two syllables less!
Apr
29
comment Word to describe using sarcasm or a similar approach to lead someone to recognise their own mistake
@Mr. Disappointment Ah. Now I understand, methinks... I might have a brain block, but is there any word that really does that completely? I can't think of any right off... To answer your question, no, I wouldn't say that using being facetious would specifically indicate any intention. I think that comes mostly from context. Being facetious would probably imply a desire to amuse oneself, if no one else, but the intention to gently lead the other to correct themselves I would understand solely from context. "Being facetious" could as easily imply an intention to humiliate in other contexts.
Apr
28
comment Writing “the class of 2014” in a résumé?
Like me! Future class of '14...Unless I get screwed over, which is entirely possible...
Apr
28
comment Should I use “authoress” for a feminine author?
There's also a movement supporting using a single, specific noun instead of an adjective+noun. Most of the people in it don't realise it's a movement, though.
Apr
28
comment Is “be wearing” improper English?
...I have no problem understanding your sentence, although it is a little strange without any context. Then again, I can think of other perfectly fine sentences that are even stranger without any context...
Apr
28
comment Is there a word to describe a person who likes chaos?
...Based off of the fairy tales and fantasy I've read, this describes fairies and fairy-like creatures pretty exactly, and they're usually described as "mischievous," sometimes maliciously so. +1-ing that answer, btw...I'd suggest fairy, but it already has some rather different connotations...
Apr
28
comment Word to describe using sarcasm or a similar approach to lead someone to recognise their own mistake
@Mr. Disappointment ...I don't think I understand what you're getting at. The OP wasn't exactly being sarcastic at all, as he states in the question. Either way, people speak for a reason. If they speak sarcastically, then it's sarcastic for a reason, but most people aren't going to clarify it. That can be said for facetious as well...IMHO, if you're saying anything at all, facetiously or sarcastically or whatever, a reason for it is implicit...Does that answer your question at all? or have I missed it completely?
Apr
28
answered Word to describe using sarcasm or a similar approach to lead someone to recognise their own mistake
Apr
27
comment Is there a word that describes a person who constantly underestimates situations?
+1. This was my first thought.