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comment What does 'Roodow (wrongly spelled, only the sound)' mean?
I forget, are regional slang terms on-topic?
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comment What does 'Roodow (wrongly spelled, only the sound)' mean?
@Tristanr I suspect you're almost certainly correct. You should post that as an answer so that it can be upvoted and accepted.
Jul
21
comment Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
@YoichiOishi Twain's joke isn't that he considers himself an idiot. The joke is his claim that "suppose you are an idiot" and "suppose you are a member of congress" are equivalent, i.e.: that to be a member of congress is to be an idiot. He is making fun of politicians through wordplay. (This is a traditional pastime in pretty much every social circle, including those of the politicians themselves.)
Jul
18
comment How to understand these verses from the poem “The road not taken” by Robert Frost
Ah - That change to the question title is probably sufficient.
Jul
18
comment How to understand these verses from the poem “The road not taken” by Robert Frost
This is a great question - but it might easily be mistaken, on first impression, for an off-topic question, so don't be discouraged if it garners a few downvotes. You might want to re-write it to sound less like it's about interpreting literature; It's not, but the title and beginning of the question make it sound like it might be, and interpreting literature is off-topic here. Questions about interpreting unusual turns of phrase, however, are on-topic, and so so is this question; The poem is just useful context for that.
Jul
18
comment One who believes in their own religion and criticizes other religions?
Are you looking for a pejorative term?
Jul
18
comment One who believes in their own religion and criticizes other religions?
Is there such a thing as a fanatical Buddhist, I wonder?
Jul
16
comment What do you call money earned through unethical sources?
@FumbleFingers When there's a long thread of comments debating a particular point, though, it's not uncommon for mods to assume it's a comment war where the same points are reiterated without reaching a conclusion, and easier still to delete it without reading through the whole presumably-repetitive thing. As I write this, it is the thirteenth comment on the answer; I suspect a "tl;dr" reaction is becoming a definite possibility.
Jul
16
revised Is it correct to ask “can talk?”
Some spelling and grammar corrections; I may have missed some.
Jul
16
suggested suggested edit on Is it correct to ask “can talk?”
Jul
16
comment Alternative to “a bunch”?
Are "list of lists" questions frowned on in this stack exchange?
Jul
16
comment A word for “positive side effect”
@Jim I've also heard "side benefit."
Jul
15
comment What do you call money earned through unethical sources?
@FumbleFingers Oh, I have no strong opinion on how commonly the distinction applies, and I'd say that your wording is not incorrect - just that it's easy to misinterpret, as evidenced by those of us who misinterpreted it. Given that these comments do get cleaned up periodically, clarifying your answer may save you from having to explain again to someone else a few years from now.
Jul
15
comment What do you call money earned through unethical sources?
@FumbleFingers You might want to clarify that the "usually" in your answer shouldn't be read as "practically always" in the text of your answer, as these comments will be cleared away eventually. At present, the wording is being misinterpreted; I, myself, was decided against upvoting until I read the clarifications in this comment thread.
Jul
15
comment What do you call money earned through unethical sources?
@tchrist While I agree with your comment, I feel compelled to point out that your first sentence, as written, might be read by a user unfamiliar with this site's policies as contradicting your second. You should clarify that the reason why pure-citation answers are inappropriate for a question-and-answer site is that they don't add value that distinguishes us from a commonly-available reference, and thereby reduces the utility of the site as a source of information not available in those sources.
Jul
14
comment What does “it’s all on you” mean?
The "It" in this case is "The responsibility."
Jul
10
comment best way to express urgency status
@user2407522 Alas, I don't have a good reference to back it up. If anyone else has one, they should feel free to submit it as an answer in my place.
Jul
10
comment best way to express urgency status
Could you explain why "in a hurry" does not suit your purposes?
Jul
10
comment What's the difference between a half-truth and a half-falsehood?
@user51029 While I can't speak for all users, I'd say it's not so much that we're erecting a wall against the evolution of language as that this particular evolution is so new that we can't answer questions about it, and so obscure that it might never catch on, and so we might never be able to answer questions about it, making a question about it on this site pointless. Many of us have no objection to neologisms, but we do tend to object to unanswerable questions on a Q&A site.
Jul
10
comment Why do we say “bless you”?
I'm not familiar with this behaviour; It might be specific to the region you live in, the dialect you speak, or the subculture you are a part of. If you could specify those, it would be helpful.