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Oct
16
comment How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?
I want to suggest "Graphic designers don't have a monopoly on creativity" but without knowing why and how you want to use this phrase, it's impossible to know if that's a good suggestion or not. Could you provide more information?
Oct
14
comment Are there big difference in the degree of zeal among "fan, enthusiast, maniac, fiend, geek, zealot”? If Yes, what are they in order of the enthusiasm?
Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/38284/…
Oct
14
comment Are there big difference in the degree of zeal among "fan, enthusiast, maniac, fiend, geek, zealot”? If Yes, what are they in order of the enthusiasm?
Ooh, this is going to be an interesting one - The terms you described differ not only in level of enthusiasm they connote, but also the ways in which that enthusiasm is typically expressed and the relationship implied to exist between the person and the interest. Plus, the meanings of all of those terms have drifted with time, so there'll need to be some analysis of that, too.
Oct
8
comment Looking for a word for the act of being punished, by nature, for procrastinating
Like when you slack off at harvest time and the rain ruins your crop? I suspect any word for that will be tied to a particular religion.
Oct
2
comment How to define someone who does not like/want to get a job or do anything in life?
Only if he's actually on the dole; Otherwise he's just a bludger.
Oct
1
comment Gender neutral term for “maiden name”?
This question kinda makes me wish that "bachelor name" was a thing.
Sep
23
comment Equivalent word for 'overseas' for a non-island country?
I agree with ChrisW: You'd use "foreign investors," never "abroad investors." Abroad is still a great answer, though.
Sep
18
comment What is a polite way of talking about a recently-deceased person?
@Doc cwallenpoole's comment introduces a new character, the late Mr. Smith's exasperated wife. It's a bit of off-topic humour, but no gender-bending is involved.
Sep
18
comment What does “root against something” mean? Isn’t it an idiom?
Note that this particular use of "root" is not well known in Australia (and will earn you some funny looks, because root has a rather vulgar meaning when used as a verb in that country.) The word used in place of root is "barrack," and it's a near-perfect synonym; If you ask an Australian which team he or she barracks for, you'll be immediately understood.
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?