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accepted Which is the older sense of the word “linguist”?
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comment Difference between “spicy” and “hot”
Readers of this thread might well find this thread from cooking.SE approaching the topic from the other angle to be of some interest: Is wasabi considered to be spicy or to be a spice?
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comment A better word for 'hot' (spicy)?
@PeterShor: You might be surprised to learn that Sichuan pepper is not hot at all, rather it imparts a numbing sensation. In China it's normally used in combination with chili though. 麻辣 (mala) means this combination. Now it does seem to be true that people who dislike spicy hot (chili) also tend to dislike numby hot (sichuan pepper).
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comment A better word for 'hot' (spicy)?
+1 for geekiness if not practicality (-:
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comment A better word for 'hot' (spicy)?
Sichuan peppers are very spicy but do not cause a sensation of heat, rather they cause a numbing sensation. Still a lot of people that don't like "spicy" food also don't like Sichuan pepper.
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comment A better word for 'hot' (spicy)?
Yes I agree. The two words in combination will solve the ambiguity problem, with the tiny possibility of it being unfamiliar to a non native English speaker, who might still take it the wrong way.
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comment What is the correct pronunciation of the word “processes”?
"Process-ess" is certainly not right. I think you actually meant "process-əz", which has been the "standard" pronunciation. The first pronunciation seems to be a pretty recent innovation in educated circles by overextension of the irregular plural pronunciation of a set of words originally from Greek that are more common in educated speech. As mentioned elsewhere here there are also two pronunciations for the "o".
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comment Which is the older sense of the word “linguist”?
Philology is still in use and I've come across people explaining the difference with linguistics but I can't attempt to state what that difference is off the top of my head.
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revised In the phrase “common sense”, in what sense of the word is “common” used?
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revised Origin of “quarters” in the sense of living area
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revised Why did Old Testament scholars choose to employ “to know” in a sexual sense?
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comment Which is the older sense of the word “linguist”?
You might be surprised that it is a sore point among linguists to be asked "How many languages do you speak?". It seems counterintuitive. In fact the world's most famous living linguist, Noam Chomsky, is totally monolingual.
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comment Which is the older sense of the word “linguist”?
I'm not looking for a word. It's not a "single word request" question (-: I only want to decide if linguists saying language enthusiasts can't also use the term linguist are correct in doing so.
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comment Which is the older sense of the word “linguist”?
Thanks for the other info but the question was focusing on just the development of the senses of "linguist". I know most senses will have synonyms and related words, etc.
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revised Alternative definitions of wifebeater
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revised Etymology of a strange sense of “kick”, as in, “I'm on a Sailor Moon kick right now”
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