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Apr
30
comment What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?
How about acumen... According to OED it means "Sharpness of wit, quickness or penetration of perception, keenness of discrimination; (now esp.) the ability to make good judgements and decisions."
Feb
6
comment Is there a verb that describes speaking with a full mouth?
Not to be confused with "foul mouth" or to be "foul-mouthed" (i.e., to speak in a profane/blasphemous manner)
Feb
6
comment Electronic module or unit?
I doubt that this Q&A is the best place to ask this question, but anyway... A module pertains to an architecture that is modular, i.e., you can plug-out your implementation and plug-in something else. The term unit can often be used interchangeably with module; for instance we say "graphics processing unit" and not "module". Unless there is a well-established way to call it, you can freely use either.
Dec
12
comment How to describe a person with the qualities give in the body of this question?
Nice one, but a "jack-of-all-trades" (master of none) is a person who, indeed, can do a lot of different things, but is not necessarily doing very well in any of these, so this expression is expected to have a negative nuance.
Oct
19
comment “a wottle of bine”, “a can of boot reer” and “holed and sealed” - What types of speech errors are these?
How about a "slip of the tongue", or - in some cases - a "Freudian slip" or a "parapraxis"...
Oct
4
comment “Prolers” is in no English dictionary and yet it's in several online Scrabble dictionaries. Is it an English word?
What exactly is a proler?
Oct
4
comment Idiom: People caring about minor stuff while something terrible is happening
Is the "third hand" a legitimate expression as well, or am I missing some... innuendo?
Jan
25
comment Can you buy things “for cheap”?
@FumbleFingers: Talk is cheap! And, if something costs a pretty penny, don't pay an arm and a leg to get it!... drive a hard bargain! And so on... There are a great many idioms (and especially about money, prices and bargain).
Jan
24
comment Can you buy things “for cheap”?
You can buy something for a song (also a very nice expression). See idioms.thefreedictionary.com/for+a+song.
Jun
18
comment Most of the books explain it + singular or plural
it refers to the notion being explained. What is difficult to understand? It is not the books. It is what is explained therein. Btw, you've written explian instead of explain.
Apr
25
comment What does “Leave the accent behind? Your accent gives you away,” mean?
What is this website? Can you give the URL (the address)
Apr
21
comment “I'm not X, am I?” vs. “I'm not X, do I?”
I just wanted to point out to the phrase "Aren't I?" but it only fits contexts like "I am making sense, aren't I?" and is a synonym to "am I not?".
Apr
21
comment Alternative word for “arguably better”
"Moot" is a nice word although might not be exactly what you're looking for. You can say that something is a "moot point" or "moot practices" and so on...
Sep
15
comment What is the meaning of 'is' in this sentence?
Might be "ease" misspelled... (I'm joking). Most probably there's an h missing (i.e. his) otherwise - to me - it doesn't make any sense.
Sep
14
comment What is the correct usage for 'nominate'?
I always find it helpful to take a look at corpus.byu.edu/coca for some context. Here is an example of use of the word nominate: "Before President XXX even announced he was going to nominate Sonia XXXXX to the Supreme Court, conservatives promised a tough confirmation battle" (Source: CBS News).
Sep
13
comment Where were “should”, “shall”, and “must” in the 18th Century?
@PeterShor: NGram is a fine tool, but what about a more mechanistic interpretation or the data... It seems to me that there is continuous decline the use of all these words after 1825 which is an absurd. What has replaced their use? What has come up in lieu of "will" or "shall"? Do people use the future tense less and less? (Maybe it suggests a manifestation of massive pessimism... )
Sep
13
comment Appropriate preposition to go with “concerned”
Concerned is usually followed by "about" although "with" and "on" are also grammatically correct (and "in" with a different meaning). Regarding "for" I'm not sure but you can check the usage diagram at goo.gl/3qHfP...
Sep
12
comment Idiom: People caring about minor stuff while something terrible is happening
OK, I see. So the Titanic idiom is more like when someone does something pointless while the one you suggest is closer to the question, I think.
Sep
12
comment Is there an idiom for people who boast too much?
This idiom has the meaning "Better do sth instead of talking about it" while I more needed an idiom to emphasize that sb is boasting about things they can't do. But it's a good one too.
Sep
12
comment Idiom: People caring about minor stuff while something terrible is happening
Perfect!!! Exactly to the point!