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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


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.
Mar
27
comment Is “read roughly” a natural response?
Better to say "I glanced at it" or "I looked at it briefly" or even "I took a look at it."
Mar
26
comment Singular or plural in these sentences . .
1: are, is; 2: are; 3: are; 4: are; 5: are. Rule of thumb: when in doubt, substitute a number plural: "There are two chairs (a table and a chair) in the room." Then it becomes obvious.
Mar
24
comment Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?
@Marthaª: Sorry. I got here via a roundabout way just now (thinking I was voting on a different question) and made a mistake. I regret to say that there's no way to rectify it now.
Mar
24
comment A more gentle word for the word “settled” in the context of payment
@Pacerier: By all means, fund a study. But a few random people going one way or the other does not a sample make.
Mar
23
comment A more gentle word for the word “settled” in the context of payment
@Pacerier: I disagree that it sounds rude. I think you're confusing the "pay a debt" sense with the "resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem)" sense.
Mar
21
comment Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?
What does the "it" refer to in "Is it raining?" or "Is it done yet?" The word can clearly be used in a general way to refer to any unnamed condition. I would thank that "Is it a boy or a girl" is analogous to those cases. It also reminds me of the transference that happens when the nurse comes into your hospital room and asks, "And how are we doing?" There the "we" obviously means "you" and you should get out your ruler and thwack the presumptuous nurse.
Mar
20
comment Is the word “queer” an accepted and polite word for lesbian?
"Less confrontational terms that attempt to reunite the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people also became prominent, including various acronyms like LGBT, LGBTQ, and LGBTI, where the Q and I stand for queer or questioning and intersex, respectively." FWIW, many gays I've known commonly self-identify as queer; it seems to be a stronger way of "putting it out there" than gay is. But I would hesitate to call someone queer myself.
Mar
20
comment What is a word to describe blatant praise by a shill?
I don't think this is quite on the mark. I would think something like sycophantic would be closer to the truth.
Mar
20
revised Did people ever use the word “cock” as a euphemism for “God”?
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Mar
20
comment Is there a word/term for a question where the asker knows he'll criticise any answer?
The catch-all term for all of these answers is gathered under the logic term known as the fallacy of complex question.
Mar
20
comment Aren’t there English equivalents to Japanese word, Senpai (先輩) meaning a senior in school, career, or age?
@nurettin: Similar? The way a teapot is similar to a samovar, I suppose. Read a discussion of the term, especially the definition section, and see if you can come away with a one- or two-word summation. About the most concise you can be is consciousness or awareness of being a Japanese person, but that leaves out so many overtones and nuances that it is practically useless. Without a keen understanding of the culture you can't hope to understand the term.
Mar
20
comment Is there a word to describe female between 'girl' and 'woman'?
Care, perhaps, but hardly great care. There is a lot of latitude between what constitutes offensive (cf. a show like Mad Men) use of the term and ordinary casual use. Hell, there's even a widely acclaimed show on HBO called Girls, even though it's about twenty-something women.
Mar
20
revised Is there a word to describe female between 'girl' and 'woman'?
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Mar
19
comment The phrase “running into to you”
The difference is that the first one has an extra word that renders it meaningless.