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Apr
16
comment Something of value that is worthless in the current context?
Golden handcuffs refer to being "trapped" in a position because there are significant positive financial incentives to stay there.
Nov
29
awarded  Yearling
Nov
29
awarded  Yearling
May
15
answered Put it simple or put it simply
Nov
29
awarded  Yearling
Jan
11
answered word to describe one's ability to speak truthfully in a given situation
Jan
10
comment “Washroom”, “restroom”, “bathroom”, “lavatory”, “toilet” or “toilet room”
The head. The little boys/little girls room. The can. Also, I've only ever heard "the facilities" and never just "the facility".
Jan
10
comment Kilo as 1 024, Mega as 1 048 576
It's all a scam by hard drive manufacturers anyway!
Jan
10
answered Kilo as 1 024, Mega as 1 048 576
Jan
9
revised “Shade” vs. “shadow”
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Jan
9
comment Can you come up with such verb?
These sounds very awkward to me without the "himself".
Jan
9
answered What does “to bleed something” mean?
Jan
9
revised “Shade” vs. “shadow”
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Jan
6
comment Response when your boss thanks you
@Orbling: I'm aware of both of those and their common usage. Most people don't realize though that they downplay the thanks being offered though, which can be construed as rude. Look at it this way: someone is happy with something you have done and is taking the time to verbally express this to you. It can be seen as you telling them that no thanks is necessary and that they shouldn't have bothered with wanting to let you know that they were grateful.
Jan
6
comment Response when your boss thanks you
I would strike "Don't mention it" from the list. It can sound like you are refusing to accept your boss's thanks.
Jan
6
answered What is the correct meaning of “held up” here?
Jan
6
answered What is the difference between “nothing but”, “anything but”, and “everything but”?
Jan
5
answered “Shade” vs. “shadow”
Jan
4
comment Are these phrases too posh-sounding for conversational English?
@stefano: "Professorial tone" (to me) would either mean "dull, monotonous tone" or "lecturing, (condescending) tone". Which of these it was would depend on the context, but, in either case, it doesn't have a lot to do with word choice or (in)formality of speech. The former would mean the speaker thought you needed to liven up the tone of your speech. The latter would mean the speaker thought you were explaining concepts to the him/her when it was not necessary and/or not wanted.
Jan
3
comment Are these phrases too posh-sounding for conversational English?
@Cerberus: I think the difficulty I'm having with "professorial" is the lack of clarity in what it implies. Clearly, it means "like a professor", but what connotation, if any, does this carry? Does it imply sophistication? Does it imply aloofness? Does it imply intelligence? Does it imply being out of touch with reality? Does it imply being instructive? Does it imply being difficult to understand? All of these things could be associated with a professor and yet none are immediate and obvious.