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Jan
21
comment What is a good word for “best example”?
the "canonical example"?
Jan
16
comment Can we call something a “word” if it doesn't have a vowel?
What is the second letter of the English alphabet? What letter often represents a percentage score of 80-89? What's the first letter of the words 'bee'? The word 'B' may not be acceptable in Scrabble, but it's definitely a word. 'nth' is probably the most commonly used example of a vowel-less word
Jan
16
comment Can we call something a “word” if it doesn't have a vowel?
In Welsh words like cwn and cwm, I would argue that w is a vowel.
Nov
18
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Oct
29
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
18
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
9
comment Why are clothes “hung” but men “hanged”?
Terry Pratchett does a version of this joke, also making fun of 'drawn' and 'quartered'.
Jan
29
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Dec
23
awarded  Yearling
Nov
11
comment Word meaning “the act of intending to do nothing”
Has no one mentioned "laissez-faire" (in its original French sense) yet? I sometimes refer to it as lazy/fair, because that's my opinion of its effect on the economy (lazy government = do nothing = fair).
Nov
6
comment Did the word “evolution” exist before Darwinism?
I thought Darwin called it "descent with modification"?
Oct
21
comment How to say “I must nothing” on a t-shirt
A giant Greek letter phi.
Oct
21
comment Word for “all the groups an item belongs to”?
The concept of "transitive closure" or "reachability" may apply here.
Sep
11
comment Does “split” necessarily mean 50/50?
I think that would be "split in halves". Since "split in two" means "split into two pieces", wouldn't "split in half" mean "split into half pieces", which doesn't quite seem correct.
Sep
11
comment Does “split” necessarily mean 50/50?
Actually, is 'split in half' valid or should it be 'split in two'? (snarky mathematician comment!)
Sep
3
asked Word meaning “expressing innocous concept with offensive near-homonym”
May
5
comment Largest open-source dictionary w/ brief definitions (not wiktionary)
wordlist.sourceforge.net
Apr
7
comment “Upper-case” is to “capital” as “lowercase” is to what?
Computer geeks informally say "no caps"
Mar
25
comment Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”
@Kosmonaut How about bride/groom? (not "spouse", since that's after they're married).
Mar
24
comment Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”
Is there one for aunt/uncle? Do gender neutral terms necessarily exist in all cases?