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Jun
27
comment Meaning of “Feds” in Canadian English?
It refers to the central government, but I don't have a source for any of this. The term includes the bureaucracy as well as the elected representatives.
Jun
27
comment Meaning of “Feds” in Canadian English?
I guess that nuance doesn't make it over the border in the TV shows I watch. Thanks.
Jun
27
comment Meaning of “Feds” in Canadian English?
@snoram - and therefore clearly not relevant to the OPs question, is it?
Jun
27
comment Meaning of “Feds” in Canadian English?
I didn't realize that. Can you give an example of a regulatory agency so called?
Jun
27
answered Meaning of “Feds” in Canadian English?
Jun
24
revised What are the words to express sobbing and crying sound?
added 4 characters in body
Jun
24
comment What are the words to express sobbing and crying sound?
I have waited years for the chance to use it.
Jun
24
answered What are the words to express sobbing and crying sound?
Jun
20
comment Taking a bite “at life” or “of life”?
+1 for more complete answer than mine.
Jun
18
answered Taking a bite “at life” or “of life”?
May
12
comment Why is “Grab” so common in advertisments (and other places where it might not make much sense)?
Where are you? I don't see this very often where I am.
May
2
comment Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
Is seamster vs seamstress a later coinage?
Apr
25
comment “This box of matches is empty”
I agree with you completely, really I do. But my point is that there is a difference between a matchbox and a box of matches, and between a milk bottle and a bottle of milk.
Apr
25
comment Origin of 'fairer sex'
No, it's not sort of discriminatory. It's extremely discriminatory.
Apr
25
comment “This box of matches is empty”
I wrote this some time ago, but I don't think that is what I was trying to convey at all. "An empty box of matches" is not sophistry. Claiming the phrase "an empty matchbox" doesn't make sense, is what I termed sophistry.
Apr
24
comment “This box of matches is empty”
No ,strangely, but I would use milk bottle the same way (or beer bottle, or wine bottle) - these are objects which remain recognizable when empty. Milk bags, too.
Apr
19
answered Meaning of the phrase “empty your pipe against the heel of your boot”
Apr
19
answered Is the saying “It's not that big of a deal” incorrect?
Apr
12
comment Why does “not a one” sound incorrect, but “not a single one” sounds okay?
Both sound fine to me.
Mar
15
comment What does the phrase 'much the most" mean?
I think this is one of the lesser-known adverbial meanings of much to "almost."