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Jul
27
comment One word for playing on the violin with a bow
Strumming is just one of several techniques one can use for the more general activity of playing the guitar.
Jul
26
revised English-language equivalent to the Russian idiom, 'Not let someone within firing distance near X'
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Jul
26
answered English-language equivalent to the Russian idiom, 'Not let someone within firing distance near X'
Jul
26
comment Looking for a phrase: a needlessly overcomplicated method of accomplishing a simple task
+1 Added citation and definition. Please feel free to delete if you disagree.
Jul
26
revised Looking for a phrase: a needlessly overcomplicated method of accomplishing a simple task
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Jul
25
comment What is the US English for “soppy”?
@sumelic My message was more directed to 116032 than you.
Jul
25
comment What is the US English for “soppy”?
@sumelic And there are many other common usages of terms to mean bad, dumb, inferior, weak, disdained that use race, ethnicity, gender, orientation* as a stand-in. Because we have a history of using these put-downs doesn't mean we should continue to do so.
Jul
25
comment Difference in usage between 'If I were you, I would X' and 'If I were you, I would have Xed'
+1 Or simply put, I would do it now or I would have done it back then
Jul
25
comment What do we call a non-technical person?
When describing the process of explaining highly technical stuff to non-experts, I often call it translating the jargon into human.
Jul
24
revised Need native expressions for “something happened but no one wants to undertake the responsibility”
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Jul
24
answered verb “organise” vs. verb “order”
Jul
23
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Jul
23
comment A common word for holiday, unplanned absence and overtime or Time in lieu
What is the unifying theme that makes you want to tie these together?
Jul
23
revised Is the term “walking across a tarmac” grammatically correct?
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Jul
23
answered Is the term “walking across a tarmac” grammatically correct?
Jul
23
comment Can you “Build a coffee”?
+1 Unless, of course, you were layering it like a parfait, with the brew at the bottom, a carefully controlled upper region of cream, a dusting of nutmeg, a spritz of whipped cream, and a cherry on top. Voila! You have built a Cafe Supremo!
Jul
22
comment Word for something that is a perfect replacement of another
Do you mean it is identical in appearance? Identical in every single aspect and component? Functionally equivalent? Better than the original?
Jul
22
answered What to call a person who always says he can do everything?
Jul
21
comment Is “terroir” never translated?
Logic would seem to call for earthiness, but that means a whole different thing. Locale?, but that seems so vague?
Jul
21
answered What does expression “naked to the world” mean?