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comment What is the origin of “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes”?
When I was a kid, the expression was “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins” and it was supposedly an Indian expression, although how or why an Indian would use "mile" as the measure I don't know, and I have also found it as "until you have walked two moons in his moccasins” online, which makes more sense. I remember the first time I heard it as "a mile in his shoes" (around 1972) and thinking that I was an odd Europization of the phrase.
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answered What part of speech is “left” in this sentence?
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answered What does “for comfort” in “too fast (close / hot/ warm / crammed) for comfort” mean?
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comment Word for a “cell” in a 3×3 matrix
For a given matrix, the position uniquely defines the value in that position. I suppose you could talk about cell in any of several matrices...
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comment What does “It’s always a pig in a poke. So why not a pig who pokes?”mean?
A poke is a bag. "And then he drew a dial [clock] from his poke." The cartoonist is making a pun on "pig in a poke" and a "poke bonnet".
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answered Word for a “cell” in a 3×3 matrix
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comment The origin of condom
Big talk from someone calling himself @HotLicks...
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answered The origin of condom
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comment Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later
It is nice that we live in a time when it is at least plausible to presuppose the person you are talking to possesses a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics.
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comment Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later
♫ ♬ Hello, my baby. Hello, my honey. Hello, my rag-time gaaaaal! ♫ ♬ (It has been decided, for some reason, that the name of the frog is Michigan J. Frog.)
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revised Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later
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comment Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later
The word certainly isn't but the name Heisenberg has been widely known in the last few years for some reason. I am trying to enough use of the word, which I think is useful and evocative.
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comment Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later
If you like the word gremlin and you like children's cartoons about Hitler, watch Russian Rhapsody and listen to the Gremlins from the Kremlin sing "We're here, we're there, we're in the Nazis' hair."
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answered Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later