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comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@Pacerier, I mean that the meaning of those phrases is insufficiently transparent.
Feb
25
comment How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?
@JohnLawler meant to type past and present, of course.
Jan
12
awarded  Yearling
Dec
30
comment Does English have a name for padded/insulated trousers worn over your regular trousers when outside in extreme cold?
Why do you call trews a historical term? Isn't it more a dialectal (specifically: Scots) term?
Dec
9
revised What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
I appreciate the correction of the scope, but I don't think it justifies splitting what is a single word in my source into two
Nov
1
comment Augmentation in Computer Science
You've missed my point. He mentioned strengthening in brackets and after the initials PS. That suggests that he said it that as a piece of interesting trivia rather than as an explanation of what he meant when he used augmentation earlier.
Oct
31
comment Augmentation in Computer Science
I'm not convinced that you've correctly understood your first example. It seems to me that the use there is extension, and that the parenthetical mention of strengthening was an aside, unrelated to the meaning in the referenced sentence. And if it does mean strengthening then that is anyway a special case of extension, merely narrowing the purpose of the extension.
Oct
25
comment What does the word “Fresh” mean in everyday conversation in America / UK / Australia? I am confused?
Perhaps the not frozen/dried/tinned/etc. could be summarised as not subjected to preservation treatments considered 'harsh'. Longlife milk is subjected to ultra-high-temperature treatment; pasteurised milk might still be sold as fresh even though it's been subjected to some treatment.
Oct
23
awarded  Custodian
Oct
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Use of “manifest” as an active verb
Oct
14
comment What do you call a person who is given money to cash your check, usually using force, when the indebted people refuse to give your money back?
Whilst in theory a term for someone with legal powers shouldn't connote criminality, there are enough stories circulating of bailiffs overstepping their restrictions that I would hesitate to claim that the term doesn't connote criminality.
Oct
2
comment Why do the British refer to things as 'posh'
No, because it's one of those British words that is only used by certain social classes. Those to whom it applies would instead use smart.
Sep
9
comment Why must 'galore' be used postpositively?
I'm not sure about "the light fantastic" as an example of a post-positive adjective. It seems to be a noun phrase consisting of two adjectives, probably derived from an adj-adj-n phrase which has lost its noun.
Sep
9
comment What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
There's also Grand Duke, who rules a Grand Duchy. Luxembourg is currently the only independent Grand Duchy.
Sep
9
comment What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
@TimLymington, Christian IX was the king of Denmark. Kaiser is discussed more elsewhere on this page; while Caesar and Imperator are technically distinct, many Roman emperors after the original Julio-Claudian dynasty chose to style themselves Caesar.
Sep
9
revised What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
Glossed key words and highlighted the points
Sep
9
comment What is the difference between an Emperor and a King?
@Mari-LouA, this is true, but I'm not sure how to add glosses without distracting from the flow. Do you think it would be useful to bold the words which mean emperor, king, prince, lord, or regent?
Aug
7
comment Is the “Sir” title appropriate to use in business meetings?
What do you mean by saying that in England "some people are actually entitled to that form of address"? I suspect you're thinking of knights and baronets, but the correct style there is "Sir Firstname", not a bare "Sir".
Jul
3
comment To “Macgyver” or to “macgyver”?
The comparison with google/Google is irrelevant because the cricket term is not derived from the company name.
Jul
2
comment Positive synonym for sacrifice
The word sacrifice has four or five meanings as a noun, and a similar number as a verb. Which meaning do you want?