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Apr
12
comment Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?
This where elision is so handy. "Let's not talk about what you want or not, let's take action instead" is short and doesn't require the listener to wonder if eschew or reject or whatnot mean the opposite of want.
Apr
7
answered What nouns could symbolize a choice between 2 options?
Apr
6
answered How has the meaning of “politically correct” changed?
Mar
23
comment What is the small room most businesses have at their entrance called?
it's also the accepted name for a little addon to the front of a tent, for keeping stuff in (so three's more room in the tent) and keeping the wind out.
Mar
14
revised French Letters and condoms
added 1 characters in body
Mar
12
answered What is the difference in meaning here?
Mar
9
comment Looking for a word to describe the burden of initiating a task
I might say "I can help you, but you have to own it" or "you have to drive it". Then I would probably still need to explain that this includes reminding me by email, managing the due dates, or whatever. The verbs own and drive convey to the person that you are not going to control the process.
Feb
9
comment Single word for “separated for a while with the expectation to be reunited”
Why not move this from an adjective describing the person (I am not sure one exists with the nuances you want) to one describing something else. For example, "This is the story of our time apart." You could title it Apart. It would be very odd to refer to "time apart" for two people who never reunited.
Feb
6
revised A non-offensive term to call a lunatic?
removed jfgi - stackexchange as a whole is anti lmgtfy etc.
Feb
3
comment Can something be “extremely mediocre”?
When we bought this house the appraiser's written report summed up the landscaping as "extremely average". This was not a compliment. Neglected would have been a far better word but appraisers rarely criticize I guess.
Jan
31
comment Some confusion in conversation, need clarification
The way I read it, HR is saying you don't need an H-1B, just a J-1 which they will get for you. I wouldn't stake my future on that, so be sure to get them to clarify.
Jan
31
comment The meaning of “short of the cut-off”
context is vital here. "the cut off" could mean an exit on the highway, or a cut-off date in a schedule, or a limit to qualify for something. "short of" generally means before or not quite reaching. Why not edit a few examples into your question?
Jan
29
revised Using “And” at the beginning of a sentence
edited tags; edited title
Jan
28
comment Single word for a very small amount of time
in the software context provided, iota was my first thought, because tick has a precise technical meaning
Jan
22
awarded  Yearling
Jan
21
revised Gender specific language for one in a series of occurrences: does it imply something about the other occurrences?
clarified that this is not about how to write a gender neutral sentence, but more about whether I need to
Jan
21
comment Gender specific language for one in a series of occurrences: does it imply something about the other occurrences?
so are you more likely to assume all the farmers are female than all the students are male?
Jan
21
asked Gender specific language for one in a series of occurrences: does it imply something about the other occurrences?
Jan
17
comment A word for “waiting for a reply”
Why do you need the reply? Does someone need to confirm something? What do they confirm? That it's done? complete? written?
Jan
9
answered Disrespectful use of “mister”