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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 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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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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comment Till death do WE part
Read it as "till death do[es] part us."
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comment A word for extreme care, attention, dedication towards words or a language
When I want to note that I respect someone's efforts and ability, I often say that person is a careful writer.
Dec
23
comment “from” vs. “off” when talking about an album track
It's a little less formal to use "off" in that context. Otherwise no problem.
Dec
21
comment Difference between “aunt to” and “aunt of”
@ErikKowal: I agree it's not the aptest expression, but I had to find a way to draw the distinction somehow, arbitrary though it may seem. Still, you are free to define "genuine" how you will.
Dec
20
comment Christmas wishes to multiple persons
Bah, humbug . . .
Dec
19
comment Is there another expression for “my manager's manager”?
I have never ever heard this term used. Not even as a joke.
Dec
19
comment What does “even the keel in favour of ” in the sentence mean?
@TimLymington: If the side in question was previously slighted by the unevenness, I don't see why it couldn't. Bringing things to even would favor the slighted side while not providing an advantage to either.
Dec
17
comment Translating a Palestinian old man saying
Nice sentiment, but is there a question here?
Dec
17
comment meaning of “fallen little short of a mother in affection” in Jane Austen's Emma, Chapter I
This is the answer.
Dec
16
comment How does one describe people who do not pick up irony, or vibes?
@WS2: I added "obtuse" to the list. Don't know if that works any better for you. But "oblivious" and "obtuse" have points of intersection, even if they're not perfect synonyms.
Dec
16
comment Is Ann Patchett married to her dog?
Shameless, shameless. But I can't help myself, I have to upvote!
Dec
16
comment Why do we have two words to describe post-mortem medical examination?
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇: Coined or minted, it's the same thing.
Dec
15
comment Word or idiom to describe someone who always tries to inflate his skills/properties/experiences when talking with others?
You're talking about my neighbor, of course.