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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 How to say “write a program” in a proper way for thesis/dissertation
@painfulenglish: That is a different usage than the one intended here.
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comment How to say “write a program” in a proper way for thesis/dissertation
@painfulenglish: Hmm, "to write a code" sounds NNS-ish. I would just say "to write code" (programming code being a mass noun, not a count noun).
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comment the person who is big -headed always says he is superior and mistakes others
Calling them Einstein in a voice dripping with sarcasm usually does the trick.
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comment How to say “write a program” in a proper way for thesis/dissertation
5. All of the above.
Aug
18
comment “Like” versus “not unlike”
FWIW, George Orwell hated the "not un-" pattern so much that he tried to create a vaccine against it.
Aug
13
comment Why don't we use an apostrophe to denote ownership on 'it'?
@JohnLawler: Tell me you don't wear a tie clip. Seriously.
Aug
13
comment Verb choice 'do' in idiomatic expression
There's no support like do support. If your language doesn't have it, you're missing out.
Aug
13
comment Is the word 'stroke' understood, in meaning one of these / \?
This question appears to be off-topic because it appears to be peeving in the form of a question.
Aug
13
comment Page range abbreviation “pp.164–71” — a typo or a common shorthand?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about academic style-guide practices, not English.
Aug
12
comment Whats the past of present unreal conditonal?
@Mitch: No, because "I wish I were king" suggests future from the frame of reference of the present.
Aug
11
comment How to reply to someone's welcome
Also, the same applies to other verbs, like act. "You're acting strange."
Aug
11
comment How to reply to someone's welcome
@Fumble: The same for weird, strange, etc.
Aug
11
comment How to reply to someone's welcome
*grammar (damn typos)
Aug
11
comment How to reply to someone's welcome
@Neeku: That is not the point. What I said was an example of a frozen trope, which means ordinary grammaar rules are suspended.
Aug
11
comment How to reply to someone's welcome
@Neeku: Almost nobody ever says that in conversation. And those who do sound funny when they do say that.
Aug
11
comment How to reply to someone's welcome
Or you could give them a quizzical look and say "You talk funny." In your first example, that construction would almost never be used unless you were offering someone something you probably didn't want. In the second you would sound stilted beyond belief. And in the third, you're being ordered to do something, so no thanks would be in order.
Aug
7
comment Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?
I generally give tchrist the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his facility with English.
Aug
7
comment Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?
@Steve: Maybe. One thing is sure, though: his standard for what constitutes a poor answer seems somewhat lower than almost anyone else's on this site.
Aug
7
comment What is the history of cricket's fielding positions?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the rules, terminology, or practices of a game, not English per se.
Aug
5
comment Is there an equivalent of “reverie” where one is lost in unpleasant thoughts?
@Did: I don't see where the OP made any specific request regarding active vs. unprompted thoughts. As it is, you seem to be judging this response by the "standard" of rumination, an opinion I don't share.