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Jan
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comment What are the distinctions between “authoritarian”, “totalitarian”, and “dictatorial”?
This is an awesome answer. A dictator that requires liberty. It brings some current-day movements to mind :p
Nov
18
comment What is the origin of the dated British expression “I say!”
Thanks for the explanation. I have no idea of where it comes from but I'm more familiar with the second use :p
Mar
20
comment Word to describe someone who doesn't appreciate what another person has done for them
This sounds very close to the French word "ingrat" which means someone who is ungrateful.
Dec
3
comment Verb for “piece together clues”?
As in supersleuth :p .
Dec
3
comment Verb for “piece together clues”?
This might require a neologism.
Dec
3
comment Verb for “piece together clues”?
I was just thinking of amalgamate.
Aug
29
comment A word or phrase to express “écrivain engagé”, a committed writer?
Here's an update. I've launched a page on the world's most famous social network with the intention of creating a special interest group. Show support if you're registered on there and thanks again F'x :) facebook.com/DevelopersWithACause
Aug
29
comment A word meaning the opposite action of recruiting
To slog off would be an alternative in UK slang :p . forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2247646
Aug
24
comment Word for “the action of making something optimistic”
Here is one possible context. leagueofpragmaticoptimists.org
Aug
24
comment Word for “the action of making something optimistic”
That is a possibility. To go along with what @FumbleFingers is saying the actual effect of the glasses takes place in the self.
Aug
24
comment Word for “the action of making something optimistic”
@FumbleFingers Your comments answer the question :) . So this is to be considered as a misuse of the language. I will use one of the alternatives given.
Aug
24
comment Word for “the action of making something optimistic”
@coleopterist "By cutting out all the articles that pleased him the man made the world (seem) more optimistic".
Aug
24
comment Word for “the action of making something optimistic”
@FumbleFingers That is part of the question.
Aug
23
comment A word or phrase to express “écrivain engagé”, a committed writer?
@DavidWallace It's probably in the right direction. I'll look up the exact meaning.
Aug
23
comment A word or phrase to express “écrivain engagé”, a committed writer?
Brilliant. This is a great fit. Thank you very much :) .
Aug
22
comment A word or phrase to express “écrivain engagé”, a committed writer?
@FumbleFingers Sorry about that. The source is a bit wordy and I didn't find anything more concise. Also thanks for the input. So it seems that commitment was or is used in a similar way but didn't catch on as much. George Orwell is the kind of writer we're thinking of here.
Aug
22
comment A word or phrase to express “écrivain engagé”, a committed writer?
@Gilles Thank you for lead. I'm looking for the expression as I'd like to form a special interest group on the international level. So the English should be used de facto. I can drop the reference to Victor Hugo if people wish :p .
May
9
comment Words that result from a gradual distortion of other words
I understand and thank you for the links. Looks like I have a bit of reading to do :)
May
9
comment Words that result from a gradual distortion of other words
@RedDwight You're right. That's how languages evolve. I'll rephrase. Is there a word that describes this process?
Mar
4
comment To put into or strike an agreement
Yes, I see what you mean. It does fit though :)