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comment What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?
@BobJarvis: It's a common French expression. Just a minor joke.
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answered American word for commode
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answered what's the meaning of “time-tagged”
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comment What do we say when glue does not stick anymore?
a word for losing stickiness, regardless whether the thing is attached to something using glue -- Just use losing stickiness or becoming less sticky or unsticky or less adhesive.
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comment A few informal and corky ways of saying “come in” and “come on in”? Can “barge in” be used?
Thanks, that's much clearer, IMO. Opinions about whether something is generally considered informal are more conventional than whether something is cool.
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comment Can I say “Hiking the Lighthouse/Mountain/Jones Path”?
The short answer is yes. And the the is typically necessary. But note that use of the can vary - witness the way southern Californians refer to highways: the 405 versus the way northern Californians refer to them: 405, Interstate 405, or highway 405. I'd say find out how the locals refer to Jones Path or whatever, and do likewise.
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comment What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back?
If intentional (not interested in the answer, but just in provoking a discussion/reply), and especially if the question is provocative, this could be considered a form of trolling.
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comment A few informal and corky ways of saying “come in” and “come on in”? Can “barge in” be used?
One person's cool is another person's not so cool. One person's cool now can be the same person's not so cool later on, when more sober. This should be closed as primarily opinion-based.
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comment What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?
+1 for "the larger cultural disconnect". In the States we have our own odd collectibles...
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comment What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?
Il ne faut pas mélanger les torchons et les serviettes.
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comment What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?
FWIW, this is the first time I've heard of memorable (dish|tea) towels. But I suppose there are commemorative and otherwise memorable versions of everything. The possibility just never occurred to me. Hope you enjoyed your tour of the States (capitalized!) anyway. ;-)
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comment Use of “although” without a contrasting statement
(Think even though or in spite of the fact that.)
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comment Is “the best thing since sliced bread” supposed to be taken sarcastically?
We are apparently each guessing. ;-) I don't think that your local baker would worry about sliced bread going stale. Especially back then, when people more commonly bought bread more often and the bread was often denser and so did not go stale so quickly. But again, we're both guessing, I guess. In my case, I'm still wondering about this.
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comment Word for “to speak louder than”?
Care to explain the downvote?
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comment Is “the best thing since sliced bread” supposed to be taken sarcastically?
Thanks for addressing my concern. I wonder (ignorance on my part): did load-slicers, and thus the expression, perhaps exist before the mass-marketing and retailing of industrially produced & packaged sliced loaves? You can go to a baker (now, at least), ask for a loaf, and ask that it optionally be sliced. Were loaf slicers not available in bakeries before the mass-marketing of centrally baked & sliced loaves? I wonder. My guess is that the invention came first and was used here and there locally, and not just in some big industrial bakery. (Shades of le fil a couper le beurre.)
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comment apart from + verb with gerund or not
@JohnLawler: Really? I'm surprised that the gerund is correct here. Would you say the same for other than: it doesn't do anything other than dividing...? I would think that divide is something it does, and that dividing cannot be said to be something it does: it does not do dividing. Just sounds wrong to me.
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answered Word for “to speak louder than”?
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comment Why is the apostrophe spelling of 'Doh!' so common?
@JohnLawler: We are all waiting for you to try... ;-) Sorely needed here.
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comment Word for arson by secret police
If the secret policeman responsible is Archibald Fictitious De Shelby then the word is antepastoilinessility. But perhaps that scenario is more specific than the one you have in mind?