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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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comment Showing possession when the noun is defined by a word in parentheses
Plaintiff, actor: both are names in a drama or comedy by which a real person is identified parenthetically.
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comment Literature: 'Why' at the beginning of sentences
@Erik: See my edit. I disagree.
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answered Literature: 'Why' at the beginning of sentences
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comment Is “I would understand everything you said if you said it in portuguese” correct?
There's nothing wrong with "I would understand everything you say if you said it in Portuguese." The sentence doesn't require two past forms to get the meaning across.
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comment Difference between promptness and promptitude
@Dan: The noun "promptness" itself could be used in the sense of something habitual. Depends on the context. If your child's teacher wants to talk to you about the kid's tardiness, you would likely suppose there to be a pattern of that behavior in evidence.
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comment Showing possession when the noun is defined by a word in parentheses
The way they do it in movie and TV synopses, I've noticed, is to ignore the parenthetical for the purposes of the possessive: "It turns out that Lester Burnham's (Kevin Spacey) job is a nightmare . . ." That's not a deep analysis, of course, but absent any better information I myself would find it useful. And since it's going to be a somewhat arbitrary practice anyway, my advice would be to pick a style and stick to it. Consistency counts more than other factors here (unless there are any legal ramifications: I make no claims to being able to advise anyone on legal language).
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reviewed Close Jon and I or Jon and me?
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