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Jun
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awarded  Teacher
Jun
15
answered A single word for a person who couldn't fulfill his/her dream
Mar
28
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
@JanusBahsJacquet I'm not trying to, and I'm not going to debate nature vs. nurture on this. I'm only pointing out that he provides no support for his nature claim.
Mar
27
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
@JanusBahsJacquet We are commenting on entirely different distinctions. Whether the failure is due to an inherent limitation or just limited experience is the distinction I was calling out. The phrases peculiar limitation of the human brain and it shouldn't, if you're human implies that the disability is inherent, that we(humans) flat out lack the capacity. Donkey does a good job explaining the construct and how to parse it, while continually commenting that we can't do so.
Mar
26
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
I don't see support for your claim that there is a limitation of the human brain to parse this. Seems more reasonable to me to be a limit of our experience with such constructs that causes difficulty in parsing. At first glance I my response was "eh?" But after a few minutes reading answers, I'm able to more readily parse the next example down the page.
Jan
12
comment Meaning of “She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing”
+1 Context is everything. When I first read the sentence, I envisioned two possibilities: 1. Her phone rings, but she does not allow it to distract her from what she is doing. 2. Her phone simply never rings, and has therefore never dropped anything. The second being a round about way of describing her as homely or ugly. (I'm imagining the inner dialog of some film noir detective.) In context, 2 is clearly not the case.
Dec
29
awarded  Scholar
Dec
29
accepted Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?
Dec
17
revised A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
restored quotes (to avoid link rot) and attribution from Mirriam Webster (to avoid plagiarism)
Dec
17
suggested approved edit on A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
Dec
17
comment A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
kindred spirits does not exclude the possibility of romance.
Dec
17
revised A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
Added links and definitions of platonic to illustrate it is the correct word.
Dec
17
comment A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
@GreenAsJade while some definitions of platonic do not require intimacy (see my proposed edit), it does typically imply closeness (intimacy) just not physical intimacy. I cannot recall ever seeing platonic used in a situation describing a casual relationship. Despite OP's wish for another word, it is the only offering here that actually specifically excludes the sexual while embracing closeness.
Dec
17
suggested approved edit on A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
Dec
16
awarded  Student
Dec
16
asked Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?
Sep
3
comment Neutral alternative to “deny” to mean “assert the untruth [of a claim]”
@ErikKowal don't you dare taint my algebra.
Aug
1
comment Expression for “Respect them and suspect them”
'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' has nothing to do with respect with distrust. Rather it describes respect with threat. To put in terms of the OP's story, instead of quietly making it difficult/impossible for a thief to get away, the Rabbi would have openly hinted to the stranger what would happen to any thieves caught in the house, so the stranger would wisely choose not to attempt the theft in the first place.
Jul
2
comment What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?
@user I'll grant you that, from the perspective of the one who has played in many rounds, a camper first showing up in round 10 could easily be indistinguishable from a previous opponent changing to camping tactics. I was thinking more along the lines of 1st round encounter a camper, it would seem weird to use these words.
Jul
2
comment What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?
I would find killjoy, spoilsport, and party pooper all odd in this context unless either: The unfair behavior represents a change in tactics brought about by losing while playing fair, or The guilty party has previously been asked to play nice but continues anyway. Sad is good though.