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Feb
21
comment Is it correct to say “cold temperature”?
Temperatures, prices, speeds, volumes, etc are all things that we measure, so we tend to think of them in terms of numbers. Thus why we say "high" or "low" when describing them. A temperature of 0 is colder than a temperature of 100, and 0 is lower than 100. All of the examples you listed sound natural to my ear. The only times when it doesn't work to say "high" or "low" is when the metaphor could be taken literally. You wouldn't say "the size of the house is really high" because it's unclear whether you mean the house is tall or not.
Feb
21
comment Is it correct to say “cold temperature”?
Temperature is a property of a beverage. Just as it may have a large volume and a dark color, it can have a cold temperature. Saying "the beverage is cold" has the same meaning as "the beverage has a cold temperature," it's just a matter of diction.
Feb
21
comment What does ‘government shutdown’ mean exactly?
Well, it is supposed to have a negative implication. A "government shut down" is a bad thing. In political discussion it's common to even hear people refer to it as an offensive tactic: "they're threatening to cause a government shutdown"
Feb
21
answered What does ‘government shutdown’ mean exactly?
Feb
12
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
10
comment Is the phrase “fire and brimstone” used by Americans or it is only in Bible?
It's good to note that its use isn't limited to religious situations. "The teacher gave a fire-and-brimstone talk to the mischievous boys."
Feb
6
comment Mnemonic for remembering how to spell “mnemonic”
It's easier for me to remember "the way it sounds plus an extra M" than to remember another mnemonic.
Feb
6
answered What are games with phrases used by English speaking people?
Feb
6
comment Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms?
RPG, when spoken, sounds like "are pee jee," thus it's prefixed with an "an."
Feb
5
accepted How did 'anyway' become 'anyways,' anyway?
Feb
3
awarded  Commentator
Feb
3
comment “I'm right, aren't I?”
It's good to note that "ain't" originally meant the same thing as "amn't" before its meaning shifted to mean "is not" and was eventually banned from formal English. Since we need something to fill its gap and amn't never caught on we say "aren't" instead.
Feb
2
answered What are non-ironic English expressions used with a meaning opposite to their literal meaning?
Feb
2
comment Literary techniques involving sound
This isn't homework is it? It might be helpful if you could explain the context of the question.
Feb
1
answered Are there any examples of cross-language redundancy (e.g. “kielbasa sausage”)?
Feb
1
asked How did 'anyway' become 'anyways,' anyway?
Jan
31
awarded  Editor
Jan
31
revised When to use “Well” or “Good”
added info and fixed spelling; deleted 7 characters in body
Jan
31
answered When to use “Well” or “Good”
Jan
31
answered Does the verb “Unstar” exist?