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reviewed Reopen Can one ever say for certain a word does not exist?
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reviewed Reopen Difference between philistine and anti-intellectual
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answered What is a “trooferism”?
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comment Why does English have a word for pink?
Piraha doesn't have names for colors, just calling them what they look like: 'blood-like' for red, 'leaf-like' for green, etc.
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comment Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?
It's not an idiom. It's a cultural reference. The reader is supposed to know about Kafka's writing (oversimplified, about regular people having to dealing with absurd circumstances, especially government bureaucracy).
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comment The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?
'themself' sounds really bad to me 'and 'themselves' sounds perfectly fine for singular reflexive. But if we have to, what @tchrist said works.
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comment Is majoritively a word?
'majoritive' sounds wrong to me but 'majoritatively' sounds OK. Some suffixes work in some contexts some in others. But what does either actually mean?
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comment Word to describe ideology of unfettered belief in rational self-interest
You might get a better suggestions at philosophy.SE where they will have lots of specific domain knowledge.
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answered Does it make sense to compare the frequencies given by the Google NGram viewer for 1grams and 2grams?
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comment Does it make sense to compare the frequencies given by the Google NGram viewer for 1grams and 2grams?
Related: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/4284/…
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comment Can the word mnemonic be used adverbally?
@Jim There is no more 'pie'.
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comment Using adjectives after verbs?
For "he ran slow", "he ate quick", slow and quick are acting like adverbs so they in a sense are adverbs. It's non-standard usage (newspapers don't use it) but everyday people will use that a lot. As to "I am hungry", 'to be' takes adjectives.
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reviewed Reopen Climactic act of reaching one's limit and turning to the sky/God/universe for answers
Dec
22
reviewed No Action Needed Why is “a 100% increase” the same amount as “a two-fold increase”?
Dec
22
comment Climactic act of reaching one's limit and turning to the sky/God/universe for answers
Though you question is not specific to any particular religion, you might get better response from christianity.SE only because they may be more familiar with the situation you describe and so more likely to have a word (if one exists) for it.
Dec
22
comment Is it acceptable to use yes as a question tag?
For the OP, to give the nuance, it is possible to say "..., yes?" or "..., no?", but it is not the preferred usage (which is, as you say, "..., right" or ..., isn't that so" or other tag question. Also, 'yes' or 'no' sound either impolite (too confrontational/presumptuous) or stilted or foreign.
Dec
21
reviewed Leave Open Word for “the people who lose in a battlefield”?
Dec
21
reviewed Close “We is who the Earth is for?”
Dec
21
reviewed Close What is the word whose meaning is to “oversimplify a complex issue; often incorrectly?”
Dec
21
reviewed Close When is it appropriate to use “to receive someone”?