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May
20
comment How do you write an idiom (or phrase) in the possessive case?
I would rewrite to avoid the possessive. For example, The expression "A bun of the oven" indicates pregnancy.
May
16
answered What's an idiom or word or name for an initial tester?
Apr
26
comment Is there any scenario, situation, or way to make “doing something selfishly” have a positive connotation?
Good point. The invisible hand of enlightened self-interest will cause one to price his goods and services so as to maximize his revenue. While it can have a negative connotation of personal selfishness, it also bears the positive connotation of increasing societal good.
Apr
24
answered a better alternative for “computerize”?
Apr
24
comment a better alternative for “computerize”?
Great suggestion, @DanBron.
Apr
24
comment a better alternative for “computerize”?
Do you mean to put something written or sounded into a digital format ("digitize")? Or to write an algorithm to have a computer solve a task in the same way that a person does?
Apr
24
comment Is it correct to ask about the profession of a group of persons with “What are they?”
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." The Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Apr
24
answered Words for the tendency of a system to either accelerate or reduce changes
Apr
24
comment Words for the tendency of a system to either accelerate or reduce changes
I'm finding plenty of signal damping circuits, but not so many for signal dampening.
Apr
13
answered Etymology of “high” and “low” notes
Apr
2
comment Is there a word in English that refers to proximity in grammar?
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Apr
1
comment What would you call that feeling of something crawling on the body
Read an article referring to Morgellons at bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32142332. "In December she (Joni Mitchell) told Billboard magazine that she had a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevented her from performing.... Morgellons is a controversial condition and is not recognised by mainstream medical authorities. Sufferers say it is characterised by crawling and stinging sensations under the skin but many in the medical community believe it is a psychiatric disorder."
Mar
25
comment What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?
The OP noted the verbal sword play without swords, so I would tend towards those terms related to fencing, above: ripostes, with rapier wit.
Mar
23
revised How would an English speaker pronounce “valid” with a circumflex over the A?
added an example
Mar
23
answered When “who” is an antecedent, does it need to directly touch the person it's referring to?
Mar
23
answered How would an English speaker pronounce “valid” with a circumflex over the A?
Mar
23
reviewed Reviewed basketball expression 'from downtown'
Mar
23
comment basketball expression 'from downtown'
You could improve this answer by adding research links to back up when you heard it. Or writing the name as Fred "Downtown" Brown. Or a link to him on, say, Wikipedia.
Mar
23
reviewed Reviewed What's the meaning of 'What do I care?'
Mar
23
revised What's the meaning of 'What do I care?'
Added punctuation and line breaks. Added a verb.