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comment Equivalent of “Excuse me” for “you're not in my way”? Pedestrian bump avoidance
@ORMapper, your comment is perfectly logical, but the conditioned response to "excuse me" is likely to be to move. Possibly into the way.
Nov
25
comment What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?
Your "Bridget brush" is (more) commonly known as just a washing-up brush, surely. And "kitchen towel" may in certain (probably obvious at the time) contexts refer to a hand towel intended for the kitchen.
Nov
18
comment What is the best term in (global) copywriting: “sticky tape”, “tape”, “scotch tape” or “sellotape”?
@DavidRicherby, to my UK understanding Scotch tape is slightly different to generic adhesive tape/Sellotape: Scotch tape a a roughened surface that can be written on with a ballpoint pen and looks translucent until applied when it appears transparent. It's also easier to tear. According the the wikipedia article this is "Scotch magic tape"
Oct
22
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
28
answered A word for converting numbers to (number / 1000) + K
Aug
27
comment A word for converting numbers to (number / 1000) + K
In the SI system kilo- etc are referred to as prefixes (and the prefix for *1024 is kibi). Prefix is of course available as a verb but a function name would need to be slightly more descriptive.
Aug
20
comment How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
@Michael I believe that's the OP's intent - in many parts of the world it's really, really not the done thing to share by touching the bottle to your lips, but sharing is the norm - by pouring.
Aug
12
comment Good thinking, that man!
@JoeBlow both x x, that man and good thinking, y sound natural to me (southern UK), though much more in (informal) speech than in writing, and not uncommonly with an ironic or patronising edge to them.
Aug
12
comment Good thinking, that man!
@JoeBlow It could easily carry at least a little of both meanings.
Jul
26
awarded  Yearling
Jun
17
comment What does “Nothing doing as he took it right to him” mean?
It reads to me like speech written down. Without intonation or much punctuation it's not really very clear
Jun
13
comment Usage of the definite article with the abbreviated name of an equipment in a user's manual
@GrahamBorland or a mass noun -- in the sense of zombie food.
Jun
10
awarded  Caucus
Jun
3
answered Beer is made ___ yeast, water, hops, and malted barley
Apr
22
comment Using “decadent” to describe a building or town in neglect or ruin
Or in its currently more common form down-at-heel ([(ngrams)[books.google.com/ngrams/…) -- for all corpora except only American English (for which the 2 variants are roughly equal) the version without the is more common.
Apr
14
comment What would you call size that fits between small and medium?
+1 for the steaks reference
Apr
14
comment Term for main part of desktop computer
+1 for base unit
Apr
2
comment An aeroplane, when it leaves the ground, 'takes off'. What does a bird do?
OT but on a motorway I'd disagree with the fitter - pheasants avoid the noise more than some other birds (I've nearly hit them within a few hundred metres of the M5 many times on lanes, never even seen them from that stretch of motorway). The other options is some form of corvid - common around the motorway because of the roadkill and not very scared of cars. A pheasant in flight looks like a ball with a head and tail sticking out - a lot of tail if it's a male, which it normally is because the females hide.