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answered What does “consound” mean?
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comment What does “yo-ho-ho” mean?
Because I just have to be that guy, I must add that "scallywag" or "scalawag" is not a pirate expression at all. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow uses it in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but it's a gross anachronism. The word was a Reconstruction-Era (1865 to 1877, long after the Golden Age of piracy) term for a white Southerner who allied himself with black freedmen and the carpetbaggers in support of Republican Party policies. Consider using the word "lubber" instead.
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comment Past tense verb conjugation
Does anyone still speak British English? I thought it was one of those languages like Gaelic and Ryukyuan that is mostly used to insult tourists to their faces without their knowing.
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answered Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'
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answered Past tense verb conjugation
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comment Is “duck and dive” only a British idiom?
It wasn't "duck and dive". It was "duck and cover"!
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answered what does “business” mean?
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comment Is there an English word for a woman who has recently given birth?
Puerperal shows up most often in the phrase "puerperal fever", a formerly common fatal infection.
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comment Polite name for a prostitute
@Jasmine -- prostitution has been observed in lower animals.
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revised Polite name for a prostitute
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comment Polite name for a prostitute
A flourish of strumpets.
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answered Polite name for a prostitute
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revised Is there a word or phrase for someone who strongly disapproves of smoking, drinking and gambling?
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awarded  Good Answer
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comment Is there a word or phrase for someone who strongly disapproves of smoking, drinking and gambling?
@Centaurus -- done.
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revised Is there a word or phrase for someone who strongly disapproves of smoking, drinking and gambling?
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comment Is “denigrate” a racist word?
@olegst -- By "a long road ahead of you" (which generically means you are, at least in a metaphorical sense, embarking on a long, arduous journey), I meant that the equation of light (and by association lightness and whiteness) with goodness and dark (and blackness) with evil is so embedded in Western culture, going back millennia, anyone who tries to change it faces a difficult, and likely impossible, task.