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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.

(Note: I edited my bio for a hat.)


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comment Why does “raptor” not contain an apostrophe?
For the first part, raptor simply means bird of prey. It's a word all by itself. For the second, see What is the difference between "till" and "until".
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answered Word that means “repulsed by self”
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comment Syntactic pattern of “to feel love spent”
Can you say it in other words? It's not clear what you're asking from the text you give. Do you mean "love-spent" as an adjectival? "Love" as a noun and "spent" as a modifier of love? Something else?
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comment 911: nine one one vs. nine eleven
Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
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comment Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?
@JoeBlow: How kind of you to favor me with the One True Interpretation of what the question is looking for. And how thoughtful of you to further instruct me on how to answer a question. I hope there is no charge for your services.
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comment The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?
I'm not advocating against free expression, and I understand you are not trying to certify that Tumblr link's entire catalogue, but if your point is that language is "a medium for communication" I wonder how a bunch of made-up pronouns could possibly communicate except to other aficionados of those abstruse coinages?
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comment Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?
@Fumble: Plenty of questions we've all answered here are discoverable within one or two links of a Google search. Does that mean we should shut down the site? This question is about the meaning of that term and its suitability for use with a general audience. I don't call that off topic.
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comment Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?
@FumbleFingers: It's a stretch to ask someone to go from "straight from Kafka" to Kafkaesque automatically. You're asking someone who may not know that unusual word to automatically think of it. Easy to do once you know the answer; not so much if you don't.
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answered Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?
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asked The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?
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comment Till death do WE part
Also, if I misunderstood the question as given, so did Brian.
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comment Till death do WE part
@JanusBahsJacquet: If your extensive revision does in fact point us toward the truth, then this question is off topic (interpretation of song lyrics). Voting to close.
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awarded  Notable Question
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answered Till death do WE part
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comment Till death do WE part
Read it as "till death do[es] part us."