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Apr
22
comment Slang names for souteneur
Oh wow, so that’s where mack daddy comes from?
Apr
22
comment I'm looking for a word that is the noun-form of “poorly-constructed” and ends with the -ation suffiix
For another thing, reparation probably doesn't work well in this context, where it would likely be taken to mean a payment for compensation of war.
Apr
22
comment How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?
Given the poetic example that Kris showed in comments, I suspect that this expression is more often used figuratively, that it's about glittery things not actually being gold.
Apr
22
comment What do CI, CIM, CID, CIB mean?
@MrHen I agree, it's a weird construction. I suspect that the speaker was a bit idiosyncratic, or that the OP misheard slightly, not being familiar with the terms. I could see “She can pretty much do CI anything,” for example.
Apr
22
comment How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?
@Kris That second example does not appear to be the same expression in the question, in form or meaning.
Apr
22
comment How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?
@Kris Context should really be in the question, and telling me to Google it is not constructive.
Apr
22
comment How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?
Do you have an example of this expression in context? I haven't seen it used before and the definition isn't very illuminating.
Apr
21
comment What's it called when you lose contact with reality when watching a movie?
Yes, this is common terminology for this effect. The noun form is immersion.
Apr
21
comment Should Short Story Titles be italicized or put in quotes?
@Tucker That page does not disagree with me. It says to italicize the names of works that stand on their own, like novels and plays and paintings. The titles of shorter works are generally not italicized.
Apr
21
comment How to express in plain English for instance that “the first N slots are filled, with N between 0 and the number of slots”
Are you trying to say that the slots are filled from left to right, or in numerical order, or something like that?
Apr
21
comment Word for a company that doesn't generate any profit on its own, but that generates customers for its parent company
Loss leader usually refers to a product rather than a subsidiary, but in this context it makes perfect sense and is probably the best answer.
Apr
21
comment Should Short Story Titles be italicized or put in quotes?
@Tucker This isn't emphasis, it's naming a work. Short works like stories, poems, and articles get quotation marks for titles. Novels get italics for titles. More generally, the name of a book/volume gets italics, its contents get quotation marks.
Apr
21
comment Should Short Story Titles be italicized or put in quotes?
Short stories are not books and should normally be named with quotation marks, not italics.
Apr
21
comment Software bug formal usage
There are plenty of slang and jargon synonyms for defect that are not weasel words, including bug.
Apr
21
comment What lexical relationship lies between the days of the week?
Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiwaz's day, Wotan's day, Thor's day, Frig's day, Saturn's day.
Apr
20
comment Prose Equivalent to Poetic
I don't think it's what you're looking for in this context, but you might want to look up prosody.
Apr
19
comment Is 'liege' masculine?
English nouns do not generally have grammatical gender. Vestiges of it survive in a few loan words, but it has no grammatical function in English.
Apr
19
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Apr
18
comment Unnecessarily Using a Long “E” Sound in Plurals Whose Singular Form Ends in “S”
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a peeve rather than accepted usage.
Apr
18
comment Unnecessarily Using a Long “E” Sound in Plurals Whose Singular Form Ends in “S”
If enough people pronounce it that way, well that's the pronunciation. And we aren't generally in the business of validating peeves here.