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Mar
17
accepted Why doesn't English have a word that means both Hello and Goodbye?
Mar
10
comment Why doesn't English have a word that means both Hello and Goodbye?
@DanBron: I think that's a fair point, however, I had hoped that the fact that 3 of the 4 examples I gave are from languages that have a close etymological relationship with English and that the concept of a word meaning both Hello and Goodbye is not an obscure concept by any stretch of the imagination or of Google would be enough to separate this from the general morass of "please give me a word that means this weirdly specific and obscure thing" that exists in EL&U.
Mar
10
comment Why doesn't English have a word that means both Hello and Goodbye?
Regarding comments as to why English should or should not have such a word: it's simply that at least 3 languages that have significantly informed the English language do have such a word. For English not to have such a word (if that were the case) might be the result of some interesting history... or not... that's why I'm asking the question.
Mar
10
asked Why doesn't English have a word that means both Hello and Goodbye?
Feb
23
awarded  Yearling
Feb
2
comment English equivalent for “Don't burn your house to smoke out a rat!”
This feels like a better fit since it captures the self-destructive element of the original phrase.
Jan
30
comment hungry is to starving as thirsty is to?
I have heard "thirsting", but only in the phrase "thirsting for <something>"
Jan
15
accepted Are there any collective nouns that are only collective nouns?
Jan
15
awarded  Curious
Jan
14
comment Are there any collective nouns that are only collective nouns?
Pride, murder, herd, flock, exaltation
Jan
14
asked Are there any collective nouns that are only collective nouns?
Nov
3
comment For words that can be a noun or not a noun, why does the noun have the emphasis at the start?
@chaslyfromUK I hadn't thought about the difference between "a rebel" and "a rebel soldier"... good point! (Or "My present is present under the tree")
Nov
3
asked For words that can be a noun or not a noun, why does the noun have the emphasis at the start?
Oct
28
awarded  Custodian
Oct
23
comment Is there a word for words that represent letters?
If it's banter, you could invent a word like: alphanym or lexiconym
Oct
5
awarded  Great Question
Sep
7
comment What is the correct form after “as well as”?
@JEL, you should post that as an answer
Feb
23
comment Trigonometry is to triangles as ____ is to circles
This isn't really a comparison, since there is no explicit highlighting of differences or similarities.
Feb
23
awarded  Yearling
Feb
9
comment What word starts with “pro”, ends with “ive”, and means generally-accepted or -expected
While prospective seems like a good, general fit, I think that presumptive is more appropriate given the political landscape in the US at the moment.