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Jan
8
comment What are someone's 'last words' called?
@T.J.Crowder I suspect that the intent of the phrase "spoken on their deathbed" is just to emphasize that what OP is looking for is the last words of someone's life.
Jan
8
comment What are someone's 'last words' called?
There's nothing in the definition (or in any usage I've ever heard) to indicate that these are the last words of someone's entire life. Now "expiration peroration," though.... :D
Dec
16
comment Is it “chalk it up to” or “chock it up to”?
I don't really understand how "chock [something] up to" would make sense, even interpreting "chock up" as a quasi-synonym for "support" or "encourage" -- shouldn't it be "chock [something] up with"?
Nov
20
comment How far back in time could I travel and still be understood?
+1 for mentioning the vowel shift, which I imagine would probably be the first big surprise if one were to steadily travel back in time trying to speak English.
Oct
19
comment Can I use the F-word in a formal context?
@LightnessRacesinOrbit I don't understand why you think that doesn't work as a comment, but does work as an answer. I also don't understand why you seem to be irritated that it was turned into a comment rather than pleasantly surprised that it wasn't simply deleted, as it well could have been.
Oct
18
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Oct
18
comment Can I use the F-word in a formal context?
I believe (though I do not know for sure) that your understanding of the word's etymology is precisely backwards: I expect that the sexual meaning came first, and that it has deteriorated into a meaningless intensifier over time. (I also expect that despite its age it has always or almost always been considered vulgar.) Also, I am extremely curious about this "formal context" involving "nobles" at which you are planning on making a "declaration of war". It sounds awesome. Are you secretly from another century?
Oct
18
revised Can I use the F-word in a formal context?
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Oct
18
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Oct
8
comment How to say “It's not rocket science” before rockets existed
Wodehouse invented the famous "it's elementary" quote? Nice!
Jul
8
comment Idiom for someone who buys all the best gear to do something before they even have a basic proficiency?
Yep, it's definitely time to start using this here in the US and hoping it spreads!
Jul
8
comment Idiom for someone who buys all the best gear to do something before they even have a basic proficiency?
@gnasher729 That might make sense for a relatively cheap instrument for which the lower-quality versions have notable defects, such as a ukelele. As a musician myself, though, I don't think I'd ever recommend beginners start with expensive instruments; they're just too expensive asa way to "try out" a hobby.
Jun
6
comment Word for taking too much pride in something mediocre
To be fair, a burger a minute for five minutes straight does sound like something I, at least, couldn't manage.
May
27
comment A correct word for 'learnful'
@Mari-LouA 868? That's nothing. Even "logorrhea" has 11,500 results. I've never encountered the word "learningful" until your comment.
May
25
comment What is a word for what gladiators do?
I'm a bit confused. If you're looking for a word to describe what they do besides fighting, then why is "arena fighting" an option? Is the "X" in the sentence where the desired word goes, or does it go in the ellipsis (i.e. the "...")?
May
1
answered What is a similar word to “comprehensive” that doesn't suggest absolutely everything will be covered?
Apr
30
comment In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women?
@ScotM I didn't say that my opinion is "correct." I said that your statement is politically incorrect. This is a judgment of tone as much as it is of your factual claim: "invade" is pretty strong language to describe wearing nail polish!
Apr
29
comment In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women?
@Oldbag FYI, as a consumer, I am unlikely to buy anything with a GYNARCHY trademark. That just sounds terrible.
Apr
29
comment In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women?
"Yes, men can invade feminine territory, but it is still feminine territory." That...that is too non-PC even for me, and I'm no fan of political correctness.
Apr
27
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.