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comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
@AE OK, sorry, I mistakenly assumed that Tilak is literally translating it from another language, not giving an example from an English dialect I have not been exposed to. I'm removing my downvote.
Jan
7
comment Is “despite” outdated?
Did your fried offer an explanation of what he thinks is used instead of "despite" nowadays? It's my observation that people behaving contrary is not on the decline, and it's hard to imagine a word so well suited to the state of being contrary being dropped, unless its place is taken up by a more modern synonym.
Jan
5
comment What is the origin of the shift of meaning of “sauté”?
@DavidHammen your recipe describes the original meaning of sautéing, although "medium hot" is ambiguous, they wouldn't burn at what I normally consider "medium hot". But in many recipes, the onions should be put on a heat so low that they won't burn, and then left undisturbed for quite a long time (at least 10 minutes if you want them light). This is not "sauté" in its original meaning, but it is how many people do it (in fact, heat high enough to require constant stirring will burn the coating right off the PTFE pans they are using), and they still call it sauté.
Jan
5
comment What is the origin of the shift of meaning of “sauté”?
@barmar of course they are both forms of frying, but they have different results and are therefore used in different circumstances. It is comparable to the relation of "paint the wall" and "spray grafitti on the wall". Imagine that you start reading DIY books which say "1. Erect the drywall, 2. Prime the surface, 3. Paint grafitti on the wall" in an article explaining how to make a wall with even coloring, and lists "dispersion paint and roller" as the materials needed.
Jan
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comment What is the origin of the shift of meaning of “sauté”?
@barmar feel free to edit my text for proper usage of linguistic terms. I have only ever learned the "same word, different meaning" definition of "homonym" without hearing the "unrelated" part mentioned - maybe this is a parallel case where the commonly known meaning of "homonym" is different between laypeople and professional linguists.
Jan
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asked What is the origin of the shift of meaning of “sauté”?
Jan
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comment Other ways to say 'I plead insanity'
"Pleading insanity" is a legal concept. If the character tries to clothe it in different words, it might well not fit the criteria of the court, and therefore not be an actual insanity plea with all the legal consequences it should have.
Dec
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answered Best word for a task or deed completed without or before one realizes he/she has even endeavored to do it?
Dec
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comment What did “eating 'mad cow'” mean in the 1800's?
@fumblefingers I have also seen "mad [animal]" used as a synonym of "[animal] having rabies", most prominently in "To kill a mockingbird" (where the animal in question is a dog). Although I'm not sure that a cow can catch rabies, or if yes, if it's common enough to give rise to such an expression.
Dec
12
comment What is the proper way to say “queryer”
If you are going to use the word in a technical context, and are looking for a concise way to say "the user who is entering a search query into our system", you should probably try to find a different way to describe him. In many cases, it is unambiguous to just say "the user", this is what information retrieval scientific articles say. If you want a good name for an object which initiates a query, then you don't need a word commonly recognized in everyday speech, a maintaining programmer will surely identify the purpose of an object called `SqlQuerier'.
Oct
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answered What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?
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revised What do you call unclean water that you can't see through?
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revised Where were “should”, “shall”, and “must” in the 18th Century?
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revised How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?
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