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Feb
8
comment “Dial M for Murder” meaning
The number PEnnsylvania 6-5000 is not only still in use, it's still in use by the original subscriber!
Dec
13
comment What is less harsh than “brainwashing”?
Ah, right this would be a state school in the UK. Except Scotland, apparently, where public school is still sometimes used... Terminology aside, the point is that (at least in America) the government-funded education system is becoming less focused on educating students and more on indoctrinating and institutionalizing them.
Dec
13
comment What is less harsh than “brainwashing”?
Entire books have been written on this; public schools aren't much better than indoctrination camps anymore. See for instance Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction et al.
Dec
13
comment What is less harsh than “brainwashing”?
You've clearly not seen an American public school lately.
Oct
18
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Sep
23
comment What is the name of a small unluxurious restaurant?
Beware of high class restaurants with "Hole in the Wall" in their names.
Aug
12
comment Qualifying traffic in English
Add "parking lot" to the end of that list.
Aug
3
comment Word for a room with washing machines in it?
My kitchen has a washing machine, dryer and sink.
Jun
20
comment What is the word for someone who ignores others and does what they want to
Honey badger. He does what he wants!
May
22
comment Is “a whole nother” grammatical?
"A whole other" is proper Texas English and has been for decades. But you will hear "a whole nother" spoken, especially across the American South.
May
22
comment Is using “wish” like this exclusive to India?
@TusharRaj It's perhaps not grammatical, but "wish her 'Happy Birthday'" is common enough in American English. But "wish her" alone would not be understood.
Apr
15
comment Are doggie bags still asked for?
And occasionally in the US you'll be offered a take-home box before you ever get to the restaurant!
Apr
15
comment Are doggie bags still asked for?
If the American accent and occasionally overbearing mannerisms don't give it away as US English first!
Apr
1
comment What do you call this elevated road structure?
The part in the middle is a bridge.
Apr
1
comment What do you call this elevated road structure?
None of those cities have flyovers! In U.S. English a flyover is an overpass that also passes over other overpasses. You generally see them only in complex highway interchanges. (But in British English, a flyover is a very long bridge passing over a road, usually parallel to it.)
Mar
27
comment What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?
@MartinBean If you've ever seen American pro wrestling, it's basically every word out of the wrestlers' mouths, and is very much part of the experience. In cricket it's strongly discouraged but happens anyway.
Mar
26
comment What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?
For you lost Britons who have no idea what this "trash talking" is, it's not talking rubbish. It's basically sledging, though not limited to cricket. It is what the Wealdstone Raider became famous for, for example.
Feb
18
comment Derogatory term for a corporate employee
You could be a hard working corporate slave.
Jan
28
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Nov
24
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