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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

If you can't practice self-denial, all you're left with is denial. — Ibid.


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answered past perfect tense and comma usage in Churchill's book
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Enlightened
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revised What figure(s) of speech or expression are in play here?
deleted 6 characters in body
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answered Is the idiom “what price [something]?” used here in the sense of “how about [something]?” - or not?
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answered What figure(s) of speech or expression are in play here?
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revised Why don’t we write poetry like Beowulf any longer?
added 5 characters in body
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revised Can “I be” ever be considered correct?
edited title
Nov
19
comment Book: There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book
If Peter Shor says it's a logic question, that's good enough for me. Voting to close.
Nov
17
comment What does “to 1 part in 2x10^5 ” mean?
That's another way of saying "5 ppm" or "five parts per million" . . .
Nov
16
revised What non-alphabetic characters are valid in English spelling?
dipthong -> diphthong
Nov
16
comment Using adverb clauses of time correctly
The "had" is superfluous here, unless you have a specific reason to include it. But I can't think of what that might be.
Nov
16
comment Using adverb clauses of time correctly
@WS2: We only "sit an exam" in BrE.
Nov
16
revised Meaning of “native speaker of English”
Inserted "largely" so as to make an exception for the indigenous peoples of Canada
Nov
15
comment Past passive tense for smite without connoting infatuation, or an alternative
+1. As for people using the word, I'll point out that the band R.E.M. certainly used it, and in this millennium to boot.
Nov
14
answered Term for book glorifying villain
Nov
14
comment The definition of 'word-for-word translation'
I don't think intent is implied. "Word for word" means different things to different people in different circumstances. Isn't that ironic?
Nov
14
comment The definition of 'word-for-word translation'
@TRomano: I don't disagree with you either, but I think we're talking about two ends of the same horse. What you describe sounds to me like an annotated translation, which is what the translator's notes about word and idiom choice are all about.
Nov
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on The definition of 'word-for-word translation'
Nov
14
comment The definition of 'word-for-word translation'
That is a literal translation, one that renders idioms and language idiosyncrasies verbatim in the destination language. It's usually a very poor sort of translation. Consider how "I'm as corny as Kansas in August" might be rendered literally in another language. It would be almost entirely incomprehensible.