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Jan
13
comment Is there an English idiom for trying to do two things at the same time and failing at both of them due to splitting your effort?
"If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus" - James Maxton
Jan
3
comment We're finished vs We're done
I would have thought "I'm done ..." is as good or bad as "I'm finished ..."
Dec
28
comment Is “will open 1st quarter 2015” grammatically correct?
Probably not in British English (an implied in the), but the meaning is clear
Dec
27
comment Is there a single word for “turn a blind eye”?
From a historical point of view, Parker´s order to withdraw was designed to be disregarded if Nelson wished to continue the battle. The British Articles of War were strict, and so Nelson could only withdraw if ordered to do so, no matter what the situation, as seen by the execution of Admiral Byng half a century earlier. Parker´s words when giving the order were "I will make the signal of recall for Nelson's sake. If he is in condition to continue the action, he will disregard it; if he is not, it will be an excuse for his retreat and no blame can be imputed to him."
Dec
21
comment Why does 'swings and roundabouts' mean 'gains and losses that offset each other'?
The strange thing is that both swings and roundabouts return to where they started (unlike, say, a slide) but this is not part of the meaning of the phrase.
Dec
17
comment Is it correct/idiomatic to say “got informed there?”
The school was full of gossip. So Anna was probably told there.
Dec
17
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Dec
16
comment 1 % of (the) GDP - with or without the article?
On its own, I would use "1% of GDP" or "1% of US GDP" but in context "1% of the GDP of the United States"
Dec
15
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Dec
15
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Dec
15
answered Person whose recorded voice announces upcoming content on radio
Dec
15
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Dec
12
comment Is there a saying or proverb for a situation where the weakest party will always lose?
That is not a quote from the book. The nearest is "For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"
Dec
11
comment What does “and counting” in “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and counting” mean?
The number is not being counted: instead a recent PLoS article based it on the estimated amount of plastic in the oceans and the estimated sizes. Some pieces are bigger such as some netting shown here where some netting is providing a marine habitat
Dec
7
comment The Equivalent Term for Pharmacy in the UK
In the 19th century there was a difference between a pharmacy and a chemist and druggist's shop. The later term became shortened to a chemist's, often with a pharmacy counter within it. Sir Richard Robinson was an example of a chemist and druggist who owned pharmacies and employed pharmacists
Dec
4
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Nov
27
comment What's a common phrase that means “To put it simply though not 100% correctly”?
Handwaving might fit this list
Nov
17
comment Pronunciation of “I'd like” and “You've got”
For some readers, gotta (as opposed to the more careful got to) would be pronounced with a glottal stop.
Nov
16
answered Genre restrictions
Nov
15
comment 'The Underlying Ethos'
I suspect you are correct, but it also conveys an impression of unstated, as any attempt to describe what lay behind Thatcherism tended to be superficial or incomplete.