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Oct
14
comment Is there a way to tell whether a “long face” is sad or just long?
I'd say "long face" falls into the same category as "hot dog". It's such a well-recognized expression, the literal translation almost never applies. Instead, you'd say "a long, narrow face" to avoid confusion.
Oct
14
comment Is “fresher” really a “proper” English word?
If you're using it to mean "more fresh", than it definitely is a word, albeit in a different sense.
Oct
14
comment What is the English word for treating someone with excessive care?
For a long time, I thought "kid gloves" were gloves worn by children. Actually, they're gloves made from young goats, also known as "kids".
Oct
14
comment What is the English word for treating someone with excessive care?
@KristinaLopez That's when you treat a fish very nicely ;) Or when someone named Molly writes a computer program.
Oct
14
comment How on Earth can we say 'a' moon?
The word "moon" can refer to the natural satellite of any planet. Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa are the four largest moons of Jupiter. You may ping astronomy.stackexchange.com as well.
Mar
25
comment What is this construction?
The grammar Nazi in me wanted to change "conclude" to "concluded" (tense agreement), but edits sadly need to be at least 6 characters. OT: "tense agreement" is a good thing in grammar, a bad thing in international relations.
Mar
25
comment How will people understand this “I am not in a/the good state"?
Or that you're in Arizona... zing!
Mar
25
comment How will people understand this “I am not in a/the good state"?
"I'm not playing up to snuff"
Mar
25
comment unitize (unitise) or unify?
"curate" would be my choice.
Mar
25
comment Bigot and Hypocrite - What's the difference?
These words aren't synonyms as @Ronan points out. Bigot: pre-judges people based on color, etc. Hypocrites (hypo = low, crit - truth) supports certain rules, but then breaks those rules himself. Example: a strong gun control advocate owning a large collection of guns.
Mar
25
comment What does this quote by Anaïs Nin mean I think I know but I'm not sure
LOL :) Anais Nin writes erotica. Her statement has a very specific meaning :)
Mar
25
comment Numbers / number
"The number of tourists from these five countries have increased" (the total number when you add up all five countries). "The numbers of tourists from these five countries have increased" (the number of tourists from each country has increased, not just the total). In the second case, it's better to say "The number of tourists from each of these five countries has increased". In the first case "The total number of tourists from these five countries has increased".
Mar
25
comment Can I address someone in an email with their first name if they sign with their first name?
Yes, you can address a person the way they sign their letters (including email). In fact, people usually sign their emails the way they prefer to be addressed.
Jan
29
comment Term or phrase describing action occuring when not watching
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the word "quantum". This would sort of be anti-quantum: the event only occurs (exists) when you don't look for it.
Nov
21
comment What is the moon zenith called?
Believe it or not, the moon can culminate without reaching it's zenith. Reason: the moon's declination changes fairly rapidly, so the moon's elevation/altitude can continue increasing after culmination. (see astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/937 for details)
Nov
21
comment What is the moon zenith called?
If you ask google to "define zenith" google.com/search?q=define+zenith it gives "the highest point reached by a celestial or other object" as the first definition and yours as the 2nd definition. Even as an (amateur) astronomer, I've used zenith to mean highest point, not overhead.
Sep
19
comment To what reading level does a specific word like 'verbose' belong?
Another way to use wiktionary to find reading level. Visit the word, then click "what links here": en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Special:WhatLinksHere/verbose If you scroll down a bit, you'll see a link to en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists/PG/2006/04/… which further shows its one of the 22401st-22500th most popular words in the language.
Sep
19
comment To what reading level does a specific word like 'verbose' belong?
The scowl database wordlist.sourceforge.net also ranks words by difficulty level. "Verbose" is level 20, 394ec01c0d122f63ebd7f0ce82413c15.scowl.db.barrycarter.info the second lowest level.
Jul
24
comment What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase “I want to visit clubs with attractive women”?
Aren't those unambiguous solely due to context? If someone was studying English purely grammatically and didn't know what "brother" or "beers" meant, this could still be ambiguous?
Jul
18
comment Is ”If I leave, it’s because Bob has arrived” ambiguous?
@KristinaLopez Thank you! That's the meaning I had in mind when I said it... now let's see if others agree.