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comment Is it common to say “late girlfriend”?
Re your second para: late is a very unusual adjectives, in that (when applied to people) its meaning depends on its grammatical position. When given as a complement --- my girlfriend was late --- then as you say, it means someone who's going to show up in a while. But when it modifies a noun --- my late girlfriend --- then it pretty unambiguously means they're dead.
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comment When is it appropriate to use “late” when referring to someone who has passed?
Note for later readers: a very similar question was asked again here, and for some reason attracted a lot more detailed answers.
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answered Is it common to say “late girlfriend”?
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comment What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?
And for completeness, the noun form: literal-mindedness.
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accepted Idiom: to hesitate when something is nearly finished
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asked Idiom: to hesitate when something is nearly finished
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comment Is there a word to describe female between 'girl' and 'woman'?
@Chick@ may or may not be good depending on the sort of circles you move in. I’ve known some groups where chick was a very common and neutral term, others where it was considered sexist and belittling (both in how it was received and in how it got used).
Jan
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revised Why aren't there any common words for 'defecating' and 'urinating'?
wording
Jan
22
comment How old is the term “child minder”?
Here’s a 1948 example that looks reasonably valid: Annual Report of the Public Health Department, in Edinburgh. At least from what I can see on google books, there’s nothing to suggest it’s a supplement or similar. More generally, adding child-minder to the ngram searches suggests that this hyphenated form appeared on the scene a little earlier than the others, although they quickly overwhelmed it.
Jan
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answered Why aren't there any common words for 'defecating' and 'urinating'?
Jan
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comment Adjective for a thing done without regard to the situation
@EdwinAshworth: I think you’re interpreting OP’s question over-literally. Most adjectives have an adverbial form; a pair like callously and callous would pretty clearly fit OP’s bill.
Jan
14
comment Word for individual who tips the balance
I’ve heard ringer used similarly in amateur orchestras/bands, when outside players (not regular members) are brought in for a concert to strengthen a small or weak section.
Jan
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comment Word for individual who tips the balance
This is in no way an answer to the question. It does describe the person in the illustrative example given, but it describes a different aspect of that person from the one asked for.
Jan
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comment An idiom meaning “sticking fingers in your ears does not change the fact”
I’ve mainly heard versions of this from the days when barometers (aka “weather-glasses”), not thermometers, where the instrument in question. From the original (fantastic and under-appreciated) Casino Royale: “You can break the bloody glass, but you can’t hold back the weather.”
Dec
22
comment Where does English get the word “condom” from?
The original title was extremely misleading — it looked like you were asking about a different word, with a well-understood etymology. In case you feel strongly that the word should be asterisked out, then by all means revert that aspect of my edit; but it should at least be shown as being a six-letter word, not four-!
Dec
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revised Where does English get the word “condom” from?
clarified title (previously very misleading)
Dec
22
comment Difference Between “Sell” and “Sale”?
@EdwinAshworth: as a fellow Brit, they are homophones for at least some of us. Unless I’m hyper-articulating, I don’t think I make any distinction between them in most contexts — the first vowel in both is usually a schwa for me. (An exception: in the noun sense of affect, I stress the first syllable.) The OED agrees with you, though: it gives the British pronunciation of affect as /əˈfɛkt/, and of effect as /ᵻˈfɛkt/.
Dec
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on What method of counting puts Twelfth Night on January 6th?
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