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May
7
comment Is saying “shit happens” ok?
@Dronz It does indeed. It's a joke. :P
Dec
20
comment Term for people who don't joke at all
I am pretty puritanical, and I shall have you know that I love slapstick and puns. Seriously. I drive people crazy with some of the weird/dumb stuff I come up with. Also: animal noises are always funny. So, I have to say I think your intuition is not too reliable in this case. :)
Dec
2
comment Feeling of losing one's love
....And this is often used as the adjective "brokenhearted."
Nov
21
comment What emotions do :3 and :S convey?
:S in my experience is supposed to be like Charlie Brown's face when the mouth is just a squiggly line. It can mean confusion, embarrassment, or being at a loss for words, or some combination of them.
Aug
21
comment How and why have some words changed to a complete opposite?
I find this amusing because "nice" is another adjective whose meaning has changed dramatically...
Aug
13
comment Where can I find a list of common padding words?
I keep catching myself using "apparently." It's really annoying, even to myself...Curse you filler words!!!
Jul
29
comment How many syllables are there in the word “fire”?
This is irrelevant, but wouldn't "tetraphthong" make more sense...?
Jul
18
comment Looking for a better term than 'benign envy' or 'mudita'
...Would an exclamation like "Yay!," "That's amazing!," "Nice!," etc. be too informal? They're versatile, but, in my experience, they rarely have a negative connotation...That said, I'm tactless and don't tend to say much, so I have lower standards with this sort of thing...:)
Jul
13
comment Pronunciation of “especially”
@Regdwight Haha, yeah. This one just caught me off guard because I'd never seen/heard it before and because I've been learning words from books years before I heard them for quite some time. Still, that comment is pretty empty-headed in retrospect. I should probably get out more. X)
Jul
7
comment Do people perceive a difference between “phantasy” and “fantasy”?
It's also used by fangirls I know.
Jul
6
comment Why is “sherbet” pronounced “sherbert” so much?
My grandma pronounced it sherbert. Then I said I wanted some "sherbert" and my entire family laughed at me...But at least they bought me some after they made me cry! :)
Jul
6
comment What's the opposite of “enlarge”?
That's what I'd use. As far as my browser window goes, if I hover over the "make window small" button, the word "minimize" actually pops up.
Jun
26
comment Asking a permission to ask a question by saying the word Question, followed by the actual question
Sometimes I'll say/write "Query" (because I'm a snob like that) before actually asking. It's not in any sense a demand, just my way of organising my thoughts, and I might not even expect/need an answer. I'm just ordering my thoughts out loud. Saying "Query" is equivalent to saying "Let's see," "Let me get this straight," "On the one hand," etc. It's just a different sort of indicator....I'm probably just a freak, though. :)
Jun
23
comment When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa?
@Lukman Hmm. I think it works both ways, really, but you're probably right. The trick is basically a cheap way to figure out if "to" is part of the verb or the preposition...So it would have made more sense to replace the "to" with "in order to." ...the trick still works fine as is, but thanks! I can't believe no one called me on that before...:)
Jun
15
comment Is integer a commonly understood term?
In American elementary schools (or at least the one I went to) we were taught that whole numbers were numbers that were not fractions...At that point we hadn't been introduced to the concept of negative numbers. "Integers" were introduced with negative numbers. I'm not sure if that was intentional, but when I think of whole numbers, I definitely think of nonnegative integers. But I'm a math major, so I just use "integer" anyway. Much more precise. :P
Jun
8
comment Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to?
+1 I've tried explaining this to my family half a dozen times...Furthermore, I was just forcefully reminded of that scene in Spaceballs. "When will 'then' be 'now'?!" :)
Jun
8
comment Why does “is” replace “has”?
Supporting @Peter, I don't say "has" or "is." I just say "ez" and let people figure it out. :P
Jun
6
comment Are there any “-nk-” or “-nc-” words in English where there isn't a “ng” before the “k” sound?
I suppose it could just be me, but there's no "ng" sound when I say "incorporated." I'll point out that I don't pronounce the first syllable like "ink." Not sure if that makes any difference...
May
28
comment Is saying “shit happens” ok?
My dad always says "C'est la vie...French for 'shit happens.'" I just thought I'd share. :P
May
28
comment What do you call words that look like a negation but are not?
Don't forget "inflammable," which means the same thing as "flammable"...