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Feb
13
comment Origin of the phrase “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”?
Hoping that you can provide a source, but happy to see the answer!
Oct
31
comment What Indian words appear in cricket's vocabulary?
I would argue that this is "on topic" because it is the question about the origin of English cricket words that have been adopted from India, making them common jargon for English speaking cricket players.
Jul
26
comment Why are you a plonker?
I've used "plunk" in conversation, but haven't heard plonk before. Plunk has also taken on the meaning of "to be intentionally or strategically hit with a baseball by the pitcher while batting" in american baseball games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_by_pitch#Tactical_use In that case, a "plunker" would be a pitcher with a propensity to intentionally hit batters while pitchingy. It sounds like it doesn't carry the same general sense of "plonker" that was described above. There is apparently a website dedicated to tracking plunks in Major League Baseball: plunkeveryone.com
Jan
14
comment What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?
The thing can be called a portent, but calling the thing starter a portenter sounds strange.
Jan
9
comment Origin and status of “hosed”, meaning “broken”
Good answer, eh!
Jan
8
comment What's the meaning of “hood” here?
Cultural reference: "Boyz n the Hood" imdb.com/title/tt0101507/?ref_=sr_1
Dec
10
comment What is non-derogatory way of saying “people here are obsessed with sports”?
There is a phrase that is used for distinction: "Be a fan, not a fanatic." It's often stated in rules concerning sportsmanship. Here is an example: iahsaa.org/resource_center/Character_Sportsmanship_Safety/…
Dec
4
comment What dialect is “I be doing this”?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_American_Vernacular_English Also see: Ebonics
Nov
28
comment How do I spell the truncation 'Cas', as in 'Sports Casual/Sports Cas'?
I might write it "Caj" and hope people pronounce it like "Raj". It doens't look right. I'd probably avoid this issue in writing by spelling it out.
Nov
6
comment The meaning of “Trolling around”
@MετάEd The article also points out the the Old Norse word for a mythological monster, where they are often creatures bent on mischief and wickedness. Internet trolls seem to be the at the intersection of the two words, rather than simply being from fishing term.
Nov
6
comment The meaning of “Trolling around”
@MετάEd I'm not sure if you're kidding or not, so here's a link to a definition of Internet Trolling : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)
Nov
1
comment Word for the sound made while vomiting
For the people suggesting "burp", do you possibly mean "urp"?
Oct
31
comment Word for the sound made while vomiting
@J.R. I didn't see your comment until after I submitted my answer, but I agree with retch. I've added some possible contexts for the use of retch in reference to the sound instead of the action. What makes retch appropriate here is that it defines the activity of vomiting, not just the end result.
Oct
22
comment Replacement for “brethren” to refer to mostly female group
I'd go for sisterhood more than sisters.
Oct
4
comment Single-word synonym for a “pedantic rule-follower”?
I'm not sure why there is a downvote here. The single most defining characteristic of a Vogon is their unreasonable reliance on bureaucratic rules and formalities. That, and their bad poetry. I think calling someone a Vogon in this case would be witty and accurate, though not everyone may understand the reference.
Sep
24
comment Which English dialects have 2nd person plural?
"yous(e)" and "youse guys" is occasionally overheard in Wisconsin, as well. It makes me cringe when I hear it.
Aug
31
comment What is the origin of the name “grammar nazi”?
Do not forget the "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld as an example from popular culture. A non-practicing Jewish character describes a soup vendor using the "X nazi" nomenclature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soup_Nazi
Jul
30
comment Can I use “Etch A Sketch” as a verb to mean ‘flip flop one's words?’
No, weathercock is not usually used, as the word cock is not typically used in reference to roosters.
Jul
19
comment Is there a verb in “Possibly the more possible possibility.”?
@MattЭллен I guess so. My interpretation of the question was how to find the implied verbs in a spoken sentence fragment, which was answered well by Noah and Daniel. Perhaps some editing could clean up the question enough to merit re-opening.
Jul
19
comment Is there a verb in “Possibly the more possible possibility.”?
@MattЭллен Ouch. That's not a very community-building statement. Per the FAQ, this question seems to me to be a grammar/word choice and usage question, which is listed under the "topics are welcomed here" heading. The "simple and basic" criteria leave some room for interpretation, though.