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Apr
6
comment Any English equivalent for the Persian idiom “to play dead like a mouse”?
If you're looking for an example of the idiom being talked about, maybe Voyage of the Dawn Treader?
Mar
31
comment It's not 'suicide'. What is it?
Downvoted for lack of research. What the OP describes is suicide.
Mar
17
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Mar
16
comment Is there an English equivalent to “Do not expose others' misdeeds”?
Note that this idiom is only used in some dialects.
Mar
16
comment Is there an English equivalent to “Do not expose others' misdeeds”?
I'd usually say "Don't rat me out, OK?"
Mar
11
answered This was a fad in the 1950s. What was it called?
Mar
10
comment “A friend to all is a friend to none” - Aristotle. What does this exactly mean?
+1 for a massive amount of on-topic research that answers the question.
Mar
6
comment Adjective for 'being able to use magic' or 'being able to cast spells'
You've doubled the article.
Mar
6
comment Word for original audience?
Better how, exactly?
Mar
6
comment Adjective for 'being able to use magic' or 'being able to cast spells'
Most of these aren't adjectives, and your one example of using magic as an adjective is parenthesised, ungrammatical, and seems to emphasise the noun?
Mar
3
comment A word or a phrase for this logical fallacy
So, when someone just claims an argument is invalid without explaining why? That's called "ignoring what the other person says."
Mar
3
comment Why does written English have more variations in pronunciation than other languages?
@deadrat I have to admit it's not a very good joke whether I explain it or not; I'm regretting it. Still, here's the explanation: The "for now" indicates that my rule about an inconsistent rule about all rules being inconsistent might itself be inconsistent. Maybe.
Mar
2
comment Why does written English have more variations in pronunciation than other languages?
@deadrat No, I got it. Do I need to explain mine?
Mar
2
comment Why does written English have more variations in pronunciation than other languages?
@deadrat Including that one, yes. For now.
Mar
2
comment Is there an English word or phrase that means “intending to help and hurting instead?”
@DanBron I've always understood "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" as referring to doing corrupt actions but excusing it as being for the sake of some good - "I know I should've have, but it was for the sake of the children, dear" or "it was him or me, and let's face it, he wasn't a nice person" or "they expect employees to take a little for themselves; it's a perk of the job, really," and so on.
Mar
2
comment What is the correct way to ask 'Do you know what I mean?' after you attempt to explain a thought?
+1 for pointing out that it's how and when this kind of question is used, rather than how it is worded, that determines how annoying it is.
Mar
2
comment Why does written English have more variations in pronunciation than other languages?
@booksee There are no perfectly consistent rules in English. Trust us on this.
Feb
28
comment Looking for a collection of alternate words - not a thesaurus
You're looking for something like a dictionary. What went wrong when you tried using a dictionary? (Knowing why a dictionary is insufficient for your needs may help us zero in on exactly what you need.)
Feb
25
comment What is a word similar to “amateur” yet having a strong connotation of someone who likes something?
I suppose, in the right context, this word could indeed have the meaning the OP is looking for. However, your answer isn't useful unless it explains what what context is.
Feb
21
comment Why is it that Frisian is considered the closest related language to English?
@Vérace John Lawler's referring to the old saw "a language is a dialect with an army and a navy," which describes the real life situation where two countries each insist that they have their own language despite those languages being mutually intelligible. I'm not sure it applies here, since to the best of my knowledge none of the countries in question have engaged in that particular expression of national pride. Still, it is true that the line between language and dialect is blurry; A good discussion of the matter would have to take that into account.