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Jan
28
comment Is there a term for a free ride without consent?
Seems good for most of OPs examples except, "... I want to sit in on someone else's meeting and just observe."
Jan
17
comment Is there a word to describe sudden massive alterations to the terrain?
Precisely. This is exactly what I am talking about. So is there a word for it?
Jan
16
comment Is there a word to describe sudden massive alterations to the terrain?
These suggestions have vastly different connotations than terraforming.
Jan
8
comment What is a word for a person who constantly speaks negatively?
"Always with the bad vibes, Moriarity"
Dec
29
comment Why there are two different meanings for “triweekly”?
Similarly, the word "third" is ambiguous. Would I mean every third occurance or three times per occurance (ie. one third, two thirds, three thirds)?
Dec
29
comment Why there are two different meanings for “triweekly”?
Sesquifortnightly?
Dec
22
comment Is possessive's apostrophe dispensable in any case?
Apart from "it" and other pronouns can you find another exception? I think not.
Dec
8
comment What does the phrase “a fine one” mean in this context?
I think the expression is common in British English.
Dec
4
comment Is there a short phrase to describe forgetting to do something because something else had your attention?
I can think of situations where you might be sidetracked and yet all the time be thinking, "I must get to my ship," but you can't because you are busy doing something else, so I don't feel this necessarily has the implication of forgetfulness with it (even though Collins uses that word). This has more to do with priorities.
Nov
18
comment What does “triple down” in “Trump triples down on George W. Bush’s responsibility for 9/11”mean?
I think it's safe to say that the author intended 'triple down' to be a superlative of 'double down'.
Nov
5
comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
So many signs in so many windows claim to sell the best of everything. They can't all be right.
Nov
4
comment “The spell can cause much damage to enemies with special effects on them”: is it ambiguous?
Here is a similar question.
Nov
4
comment Is built? Was built?
@Mari-Lou, is to bore not a verb? Yes, it is a participial adjective.
Nov
3
comment Is built? Was built?
It may be passive, but that does not invalidate this as an accurate answer as well.
Nov
3
comment Is built? Was built?
@chasly, fair enough, I was wrong.
Nov
3
comment Is built? Was built?
@chasly. those are not passive. if you think they are, make them into active sentences. in fact there is no object, so they cannot be passive.
Oct
30
comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
For a male who is noisy, scolding and domineering do we just call him a man?
Oct
30
comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
I can't help but notice that several answers so far have negative connotations, yet the question was to describe someone who, "talks lively, entertains people," not at all negative notions. Are we perhaps a little sexist here, people?
Oct
30
comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
So maybe she is an uxoriator?
Oct
30
comment What is the word for a woman dominating in social family situations?
I think this just means she's a great hostess, but she doesn't necessarily have to take lead over her husband to achieve that.