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comment What is a more sophisticated term for 'needs'?
@Fiodor I...wouldn't recommend it, actually. "Their necessities" would sound to me like some sort of allusion to the material "necessities" of life.
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comment What is a more sophisticated term for 'needs'?
What is the context in which you're writing? It sounds like you're trying to elevate your diction by finding "fancy" synonyms, which unfortunately almost never comes off as eloquent, and in fact most native speakers can generally recognize this tactic, which makes whoever's using it seem less sophisticated--especially if you use a word in a non-idiomatic way because you're not familiar with it.
Mar
24
comment Can you use “same” without “the”?
@DCShannon In the sentence, though, there is no "previous person." It's clear enough what the intended meaning is, but it takes some logical gymnastics and is fairly awkward. (Of course that's subjective, but it's my take.)
Mar
24
comment Can you use “same” without “the”?
@DCShannon To me there's no clear meaning for "identical person" (identical to what?), much less "duplicate person" (a clone, maybe?).
Mar
24
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Mar
23
comment Can you use “same” without “the”?
That's certainly not a typo, though I would have phrased it as "stipulation that the same person may not," rather than "no same person may." So I guess I'd say I don't really consider that "good English", but it's an attestation, at least.
Mar
23
comment Can you use “same” without “the”?
In what context can "no same person" be used? When I read that my mind automatically leaps to it being a typo of "no sane person."
Mar
19
comment Single word for collective knowledge of plants and cultivation?
Well, unless you're a muggle, there's "herbology."
Mar
15
comment What's the meaning of “I'm slinging mad volume and fat stacking benjies”?
It should go without saying that this is not Standard English.
Mar
8
comment Single word for “pleasant to look at”
@AnguishLanguish beautifully put.
Mar
8
comment Single word for “pleasant to look at”
Er.....you might want to mention that "eye-candy" is probably demeaning in some contexts.
Mar
8
comment Single word for “pleasant to look at”
There's got to be a good joke there.
Mar
5
comment Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?
@itcouldevenbeaboat Maybe try reading more highbrow criticism of lowbrow fiction.
Feb
24
comment Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?
This also shows up as an (underused) adjective, "bathetic." Perhaps the best term (combining two answers) would be "bathetic reductionism," since bathos isn't necesssarily reductive, and reductionism isn't necessarily bathetic.
Feb
24
comment Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?
@BlessedGeek "teenage language structure"?
Feb
24
comment Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?
"Everyone will die" is still an oversimplification--"simpler" doesn't mean "less important."
Feb
24
comment Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?
I'm starting to think that "guess the top-rated answer from the title of the question" would be a good game to play on this site. I got this one right!
Feb
13
comment A fatal accident vs a fateful accident
@WhatRoughBeast Sure, but nothing in the question indicates that anyone died in the accident, and even the phrasing of the quote from the email would be odd in my mind if it failed to mention a fatality.
Feb
11
comment What would be the onomatopoeia for “spit”?
@DavidGarner I've always interpreted/used "pfff" to be the sound made when pronouncing the word "pfff"--that is, blowing air through pursed lips. Spitting is not involved. I use it to express sarcasm/disdain/humor/etc., as in "Pfff, whatever."
Jan
9
revised The difference between “I used to” and “I'm used to”
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