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comment Can we say something vulgar instead of “to bits”?
If you wanted to add a bit of vulgarity for emphasis, you could say "a rocket exploded to fucking bits".
23h
comment Word for an elderly person with diminishing mental faculties
I know what you mean, Josh...because I think of "demented" when I hear "dementia". I guess I'm used to it now because of the onslaught of medical news we're exposed to today.
23h
comment Complement of “dealer” or “trader”
The person/firm that sells to the dealer can be referred to as a "source" or "wholesaler" but they are not customers to the dealer. Customers buy from the dealer. Sources (or wholesalers) sell to the dealer.
23h
comment Word for an elderly person with diminishing mental faculties
FWIW, my generation and my parents' grew up using the word "senile" to describe the condition that is now referred to as either "dementia" or Alzheimer's Disease. According to the Alzheimer's sites (both US and UK), "senility" is an outdated word replaced by the more accurate term of "dementia". Apparently along with the current disfavor of using "senility" is the notion that cognitive decline is a natural part of aging, which apparently it is not.
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comment Word for an elderly person with diminishing mental faculties
The nursing home where my sis-in-law's father resided referred to these residents as "Memory Care" residents. Basically, the "Memory Care" section had special ID badges for the residents that alerted staff if they left the unit - for their own protection.
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comment Word for an elderly person with diminishing mental faculties
Firstly, I have to say that your example sentence is a little odd since I can't imagine that the age and condition of the people you're trying to label would have a clamoring need for PCs and printers. But anyway, a respectful term would be "seniors" or "senior citizens" and then you can add "with dementia" or "suffering from Alzheimer's Disease". More and more senior citizens with dementia are arriving in our retirement home these days. Please instruct the procurement manager to purchase additional PCs and printers to satisfy their needs.
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comment Pronunciation of German proper nouns in America
...or Wagner that sounds like a dog wagging its tail! Americanized versions of names drove my German-born mother batty!
2d
comment What's in between “single” and “double”?
You'd think that there is a term for that in the parlance of knot-tying, much like there is a "half-double" crochet stitch.
Sep
2
comment What is meant by a “two-lane” road?
@WS2, lane is the single-vehicle path. A two-lane road allows two vehicles, each going in the opposite direction. A multi-lane expressway has each side identified as "Eastbound I-55" or "Northbound I-294", for example, standing in for the UK's "carriageway".
Sep
1
comment What is meant by a “two-lane” road?
Yeah, that completes it @Josh61! :-)
Sep
1
comment What is meant by a “two-lane” road?
Josh, I wouldn't call your top picture a typical "2-lane road" - it's an expressway. An expressway has entrance and exit ramps. The lanes are usually divided by a median barrier or grass barrier and an expressway has a generally higher speed limit. A 2-lane road is a road with one lane in each direction, divided by a double yellow line, intersected with other streets controlled either by 2-or 4-way stop signs and/or traffic lights.
Aug
29
comment Isn't the phrase “sleeveless vest” redundant?
I'm from Chicago, @Oldbag. We have quite a history of Italian immigrants here too which may be the source of dago tee, but then again, maybe not.
Aug
28
comment The right expression to give the semantics of “Creative, Brilliant, Innocent, Clever”
Yeah, I'd assume that to be the case but just in terms of "familiar" expressions, "forever young" is probably more widely known and understood than "forever child" or "forever kid".
Aug
28
comment The right expression to give the semantics of “Creative, Brilliant, Innocent, Clever”
"Forever young" is idiomatic and conveys youthfulness.
Aug
28
comment Isn't the phrase “sleeveless vest” redundant?
I think it was an expression here in the Chicago area - possibly before "wife beater" - but I'd have to research that to verify it.
Aug
28
comment “Is there a word for a product used for killing mice?”
"Rodent control" is used euphemistically to include traps and poisons to deal with a rodent infestation.
Aug
28
comment Isn't the phrase “sleeveless vest” redundant?
The "wife-beater" is also know as a "dago tee" (at least here in the US).
Aug
28
comment when this kind of sentence being used?
Some U/S slang uses "I be..." and "We be..."
Aug
18
comment Idiom / phrase for a treasure in a ruin
Except, @JoeBlow, of jxh's two answers, I think this is the better one because a hidden treasure doesn't have the added component of being found in an unexpected place such as a ruins as OP described.
Aug
18
comment Is it correct to say “He walked towards the direction of xx”?
Are we just allowed one word and can it have only one meaning? "Direction" also means north, south, east and west where "towards" does not. You can walk "towards" your car or away from your car. Your company can move in the "direction" of the future or "towards" a more simple time. Sorry, but I'm not really sure what you're asking. (FWIW, I'm not the downvoter)