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Oct
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comment What does “Faustian bargain” mean?
That is surpising. Do you think because your teacher did not know Faustian Bargain and about Faust, or did not know about the system design subject matter?
Oct
19
answered What does “change one's stripes” exactly mean?
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19
revised Is “sand off the sharp edge” a well-established idiom?
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Oct
19
answered Meaning of “to charm the skin off a snake”
Oct
19
answered Why “off his rocker”?
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19
answered Is “sand off the sharp edge” a well-established idiom?
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Oct
19
comment What does ‘Move the bar on somebody’ mean?
Yes, to the reference to field sports: high jump (and pole vault. And yes to the notion of "nor
Oct
19
revised Does “nothing better” really mean nothing better?
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Oct
19
answered Does “nothing better” really mean nothing better?
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asked Does “nothing better” really mean nothing better?
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answered What does “Be weird about something” mean?
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19
answered What does “pink primates” mean?
Oct
19
answered What does “to get in line soldier-style” mean?
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
Thank Zairja for the prescriptivism info. Yes, it does shoot wide of the mark but a bull's eye is not so meaningful without a wider, "target" around itself. In that regard, some aspects of dictionary usage as a form of "pedantically prescribed" usage, can also readily be seen as antithetical to the notion of dictionary tyranny avoidance--which is why I will peruse again for some reference to the latter (TotD) in article you provided.
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
...indeed, and mightily so
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
I would add--and this goes a way towards explaining the tyranny aspect--that, unless used judiciously, it comes to suppress literary license; and, accordingly, the (growth in) capacity for critical thinking and dialog...and creativity (in that dictionary addicts) stand to have impeded any bent of mind to try new ways of expressing themselves.
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
I can appreciate that. And I time tested it and it does have virtue of brevity. With some modification it could work nicely.
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
2all: Tyranny of the dictionary is commonly used by professors...especially in the letter arts. It is advanced as a reason many if most are impeded from literary mastery. Reading comprehension seem to be a lost concept in the interconnected universe. The question did not say or imply I don't know the meaning--or have no expertise; I only asked for a few suggestions for succintly explaining. I realize that it is an academic even erudite concept, and not broadly known to...who are taught to lean heavily on dictionary. I am confident there are those able to repond, those who cant will ignore.
Oct
17
comment how did the epithet “nigger” come into usage?
The term was use more or less with aplomb even in the South (urban Texas that is) except when one's status (Mexican or White) was imagined to be threatened. a