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Sep
12
comment I need another way of saying 'does the talking'
What's wrong with "Where flavour does the talking?" We'd have an easier time coming up with a solution if we knew what the problem was.
Sep
2
accepted Is there an equivalent of 'onomatopoeia' for words inspired by the appearance of thing?
Aug
22
comment Is there a word for “a variety of breakfast foods”
@choster The context has a lot of impact on the meaning. If someone said "a breakfast spread" on its own, I'd assume the meaning you suggest - but if they instead said "The breakfast provided was a real spread" then I'd assume choster's meaning applied to every instance of "breakfast spread" in the remainder of the passage. That being said, I agree this answer could be substantially improved by examples of use and references.
Aug
22
comment Is there a more general word for velocitized?
Are you able to reword your sentence to use "acclimatised?"
Aug
21
comment Is asking “come again?” to a complete stranger over the phone rude?
@ÅStuart When you say "pardon" on its own, it might not be obvious to someone unfamiliar with the expression, but "beg your pardon" is explicitly begging the other person to grant the speaker a pardon. I find it difficult to imagine misconstruing that.
Aug
21
comment How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
@DavidSchwartz I suspect the emphasis varies regionally.
Aug
11
comment What is a word for a taking a non-romantic relationship to the “next level”?
@Annjawn I'm having trouble parsing your comment. Are you saying that the intent of your original comment was to highlight the connotations of the word only?
Aug
11
comment Is the word “Shinobi” an accepted English word?
It's certainly not common. I suspect it may fight against ninja for currency.
Aug
6
comment Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?
To be fair, most things you can achieve while playing most games are useless. Unless you count entertainment as a use, and then you can apply that to pretty much any achievement in any game.
Aug
4
comment What does “4-year advanced seminar” mean in this passage about the office of Vice President?
The significant point here is the the Vice President serves no function unless the President needs to be replaced. Which is fair enough, if you think about it: If the Vice President did something important, you'd also need a vice vice president on standby, just in case the vice president has to take over the president's job.
Jul
23
comment What does 'Roodow (wrongly spelled, only the sound)' mean?
I forget, are regional slang terms on-topic?
Jul
23
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?”