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Jan
19
comment Phrase when you offer someone something but it's really them who are paying for it
No, because the gain and loss are to different people.
Jan
19
comment Phrase when you offer someone something but it's really them who are paying for it
While I do agree this is probably the closest it's not close at all.
Nov
18
comment What does duck-quacking mean?
I've always heard it as "walks like a duck". Also, "it waddles and quacks".
Nov
8
comment When to use “throw” and when to use “toss”?
I think the distinction has more to do with the trajectory than the motion. High arc, low speed = toss, low arc, high speed = throw.
Sep
26
comment What does “medical scare” mean?
A simple example: Finding a shadow on a mammogram. If the lump turns out to be benign it's simply a scare.
Aug
21
comment Name for a device purposefully put together from faulty parts
But this is a specific example, not the general term.
Jul
6
comment Me and my ancestors - single word
@OlivierGrégoire Heinlein's "All You Zombies" comes to mind...
Apr
2
comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
Running out the clock applies only to his first definition, not the other two.
Mar
18
comment What is it called when something appears so obvious, no one expects it?
Except the elephant in the room is a matter of not wanting to mention it, not a matter of not being aware of it.
Jan
9
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Jan
9
comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
@JanHudec It's only included because it's a literal translation of the Chinese word. Thus I see no reason to think he considers the firing to be due to discrimination.
Jan
8
comment Is there a word similar to “reddening” for the color blue?
@Tim I can't recall purpling, either--and Firefox is flagging it as a spelling error.
Jan
8
comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
To extend upon this, the use of "female" there implies that the speaker thinks this is important--that she was fired for being female. Thus it's not only redundant but misinformation.
Dec
11
comment What does “and counting” in “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and counting” mean?
I disagree. We don't have a situation where part of the pile has been counted but we haven't finished the pile.
Oct
31
comment “Childlessness is hereditary in our family” What do you call a statement containing a contradiction such as the example?
Bad example, it's possible for childlessness to be hereditary in a family--lots of family members are infertile but the rest are fecund to make up for it.
Sep
30
comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
And how is this one not related to excrement?
Sep
24
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Aug
6
comment Expression for “preaching to someone who already agrees”?
Yeah, they're all about futility but the dead horse is disagreement, not agreement.
Aug
5
comment Expression for “preaching to someone who already agrees”?
I would not consider beating a dead horse synonymous.
Jul
20
comment What is the difference between a 'rocket' and a 'missile'
Not all missiles carry warheads.