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awarded  Curious
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awarded  Popular Question
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answered So [X] it's [opposite of X]
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awarded  Constituent
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comment What do you call someone who is so inappropriate that they are appropriate?
I know a few people like this. Some are seen as charming/funny, some merely tolerated. +1
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awarded  Caucus
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accepted Origin of “riff”
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comment Origin of “riff”
Wow, thank you for the excellent review of the available evidence! The verb/gerund examples are especially interesting, as they imply a somewhat different meaning than the word has now. Thanks!
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comment Origin of “riff”
That seems plausible. Any references you may have would be useful, although I understand that they're often problematic when it comes to jazz jargon.
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comment Origin of “riff”
@rhetorician Yes, that’s one of the possibilities mentioned in the question. I’m more interested in the evidence backing each of the options and whether any of it is potentially conclusive.
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comment Origin of “riff”
@JohnLawler I agree – and there’s a pretty good discussion of some of that in the references linked from my question, like the bit on other artists “riffing.” I’m just hoping that there might be something more solid in literature or less accessible references.
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accepted Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?
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accepted Usage, prevalence of “rooster sauce” and “cock sauce”
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asked Origin of “riff”
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comment Connotations of Letter 'X'
Thanks for expanding on that! I didn't know about the circle. Anyway, I suspect there is a lot of cross-pollination, mutual influence, between all of these loosely related "unknown" uses of X.
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comment Connotations of Letter 'X'
Do you have any idea whether "x marks the spot" or X for signing names/marks is connected to these other reasons?
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reviewed Close How to say “You have this much work to do because you decided to do that much” more elegantly?
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reviewed Leave Open What concepts are formed in a mind of a native English speaker when using the articles a, an, the?