531 reputation
1411
bio website
location
age
visits member for 2 years, 2 months
seen Dec 22 at 5:40

Dec
13
comment “Masters degree” — capital M or not?
@LaBarrister Do you complain when someone says, "I like the color red"?
Nov
24
awarded  Famous Question
Nov
21
comment Is there a term for a word inside another word?
Abso-bloody-lutely isn't a word in the English language.
Nov
3
comment What is wrong in “Please don't pluck the flowers” and other phrases used in the Indian subcontinent?
@BlueRaja That is the wrong extrapolation here. You were taking exception to the absence of a noun following the adjective "needful". The existence of an arbitrary number of nonsensical "do the x" expressions does not invalidate "<verb> the <(nounal) adjective>" expressions as a whole, so "do the needful" is fine, as is "eat the meek" and "remember the departed". Needful can mean someone who is in need, but it is not incorrect to use it in the sense of something that is necessary.
Nov
3
comment What is wrong in “Please don't pluck the flowers” and other phrases used in the Indian subcontinent?
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft Do that which is needful. It isn't really that hard. "Do that which is needed", if this helps you comprehend. Regarding "the needful what?", would you complain about "the brave what and the bold what"?
Oct
19
awarded  Yearling
Aug
2
comment What is the real difference between dilation and dilatation?
In engineering at least, the term dilatation is synonymous with volume strain. That is to say, material undergoes dilatation when there is a net change in its volume in response to applied stresses, in addition to any changes in its dimensions.
Jul
26
comment A word or phrase for 'Holy grail' (a goal impossible to achieve)
This is a snowclone in the same sense as it is an expression. This is not specific enough, and most of this answer doesn't have anything to do with the question (I'm not sure if the question has been edited). From the link you gave us, a number of other plug-and-play cliches (that have nothing to do with unattainable goals) are also snowclones.
Jul
8
comment Looking for a word that describes when you say both possible outcomes
A tautology perhaps?
Jun
16
awarded  Constituent
Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
Jan
10
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
27
comment Euphemism for poo
@HappyGreenKidNaps I think "ablution" refers to the act of washing oneself, so anything from washing your face in the morning to taking a shower would constitute "morning ablutions". The OP is looking for a euphemism for moving one's bowels.
Oct
19
awarded  Yearling
Sep
29
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
13
answered How to say something like “A is x times as much likely …”?
Aug
12
comment Is it Standard American English to ever contract “did” as “-'d”?
@Jacobm001 That's what an elision is: the omission of some sounds to make a phrase easier to speak. Whether or not it is a valid contraction in written English doesn't necessarily depend on whether people enunciate "did" as a separate syllable.
Aug
2
comment Is 'disabilitated' a real word?
"exploitive" or "exploitative"?
Aug
1
comment “It is time now” or “It is now time”?
Both are grammatically correct.