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I want patience and I want it now.

Also, I find that nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Laziness is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

正宗で大根を切る。

言い出しっぺ。

Some of the smartest things people have ever said:

No language makes perfect sense. — John McWhorter

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. — Carl Jung

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. — George Santayana

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. — Savielly Tartakower

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision — Bertrand Russell

Every good thing that happens in your life is a gift. — Yours Truly


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comment Sun 'goes down' or 'comes down'?
The sun comes up. The sun goes down. First-person point of view.
Apr
16
comment What is the origin of the place name Privett vs. plant name Privet?
Nice job of preparatory research. I hope someone here has access to better sources than you have, but I doubt any exist outside The Bodleian Library or possibly that of some other university.
Apr
15
comment How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another?
Wow. A whole year later you insinuate that my side of this discussion is tantamount to anti-scientific dogmatism? I think you're the one being doctrinaire, and you aren't even aware of it. I posted this in an effort to help people. Who cares how many tenses can dance on the head of a linguist? Purists, snobs, and hidebound dogmatists, that's who.
Apr
15
comment A word similar to pride (without it's troublesome patronizing connotations)
I don't see the patronizing connotations. A son could say this about his parents (or a daughter hers), a teammate could say it about another teammate — and so on — just as easily as a boss could say it about an employee. It does not imply superior station.
Apr
13
revised What does it mean “reject it who will”?
Corrected title reference
Apr
13
comment What does it mean “reject it who will”?
I would say it means something more like "Whosoever may reject it, materialism is nevertheless an excellent choice."
Apr
8
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Apr
7
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Apr
5
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Apr
2
revised Hyphen in the noun 'switching-off'? Or gerunds of compound verbs, more generally?
removed repeated word
Apr
2
comment What is the difference between deep space and outer space?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about astronomical definitions, not English. Please try astronomy.stackexchange.com
Mar
30
comment Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class
+1: I did not know of this, but it's interesting. I wonder if it explains Richard Nixon.
Mar
29
comment Starting sentences with “as”
@JohnLawler: I responded to the the title and the first sentence only. Part of the new Summer of Love tolerance program. Peace and love, brother.
Mar
29
comment Being in love with someone
Yes, but that is used to suggest, however slightly or humorously or hyperbolically, an abnormal or even unhealthy (by some standards) infatuation. I don't think one would use that to express mere "liking" of a job.
Mar
29
comment Starting sentences with “as”
As you can see, there is nothing wrong with using an adverbial phrase to start a sentence.
Mar
29
comment How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?
Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/14949/…
Mar
28
comment Where does “my ass” come from?
@KristinaLopez: Not exactly the same situations. My eye is only used when one is reluctant to use my ass in a social situation.
Mar
28
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@KristinaLopez: I thought it was obvious I knew enough about it to assign it to the feminine domain. ^)^
Mar
28
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@KristinaLopez: Joke. Not intended to be carried to six decimal places. Obviously I am a male who knows what a peplum is.
Mar
28
comment Gender neutral term for “maiden name”?
Seriously, what's wrong with maiden name? I really have a problem seeing your problem.