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Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Oct
17
comment “Left” and “right” are to “side” as “front” and “rear” are to what?
+1 Not always strange though - e.g. side of an album cover (front/back)
Sep
21
comment Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?
@JLG - I misread your last comment, sorry! :)
Sep
21
comment Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?
@JLG - I didn't say it wasn't incorrect, just not an mistake based on misunderstanding the word.
Sep
21
comment Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?
@JLG - Surely that's not an example of someone misunderstanding the word 'flew' though - but rather being very liberal with its use (to the point of it being technically wrong).
Sep
21
comment Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?
I believe that it is entirely possible for one to sound pretentious without making a mistake ;)
Sep
21
comment Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?
Also don't think this is quite it. Catachresis can also be intentional and used intelligently. Your second example (mitigate) is also more of a malaprosism than catachresis (as in @david wallace's answer).
Sep
21
comment Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?
I agree with Jim. affect/effect would be one example. I think this is a specific case, whereas the question was more general.
Mar
23
comment How to pronounce “404 Not Found”
@GEdgar: In the UK 'oh' is far more common than 'zero' for things like telephone numbers.
Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Oct
14
answered If the prefix anglo- means “of the English”, what prefix means “of the Welsh”?
Sep
20
comment What's the difference between “my love” and “my lover”?
Although there are regional variations - in some parts of the west UK lover is used in a way more similar to love.
Sep
20
answered What is an idiom/slang for “someone who pretends to be good when they're not”?
Sep
19
comment Polite way to refuse to answer a question
No comment? Unless I was a reporter, I would find that a very strange answer to a question.
Jul
25
awarded  Editor
Jul
25
revised A single word for “to paint and/or draw”?
added 23 characters in body
Jul
25
answered A single word for “to paint and/or draw”?
Jul
11
comment “Lots of milk and sugar” or “lots of milk and (lots) of sugar”
@Robusto - nice idea re pulp fiction, but 'lotsa' is hardly precise.
Jul
4
comment What do you call someone who chooses to stay single for life?
This answer doesn't address the 'by choice' part of the question though.