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Jul
21
comment Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
And yet he surely doesn't think that all idiots are members of Congress, only the other way around (which makes them..not quite synonyms). It'd be like saying "Suppose you were a dog and suppose you were a black dog. But I repeat myself." Perhaps Twain made a minor mistake, and it would better (from a literal sense, perhaps not a humorous one) have been swapped to have said "Suppose you were a member of Congress and suppose you were an idiot."
Jul
7
comment What do models do on the catwalk?
@tchrist I've added citations that I think are sufficient. Let me know if I'm wrong here. =)
Jul
7
revised What do models do on the catwalk?
added 125 characters in body
Jun
23
comment Number “x” to “x” ascending or descending?
It sure looks like it is to me, @Kris. It's about how you represent certain numeric data in the English language.
Jun
16
comment Does “speak in a low voice” refer to volume/loudness or to pitch?
I think it's usually either quiet or deep, not both. Without further context, I'd assume quiet was the intent.
Jun
16
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May
22
comment What's it called? A kind of impoliteness
"a lot of nerve" is common in American English, too.
May
22
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May
22
revised What do you call someone who is always asking for favours?
remove unnecessary and inflammatory "rant" (as you put it)
May
22
suggested suggested edit on What do you call someone who is always asking for favours?
May
22
comment What's it called? A kind of impoliteness
I've never heard a cheek (with this meaning of cheek). I'd just say, "He's got cheek...". the cheek or cheek, never a cheek
May
14
comment One word for an unforeseen bad dream
I'd remove the
May
7
answered A word for a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
May
5
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May
4
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May
4
answered What do models do on the catwalk?
Apr
29
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Apr
29
comment Is there an expression that means something bad as a precursor to something good?
I might even flip the silver lining bit around, since it's a largely-good thing with a little bad (of course, that's just my opinion as someone who's never had morning sickness!). E.g. "the morning sickness is a dark lining on a silver cloud"
Apr
19
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
Those unfamiliar with this definition would probably think it means the date of their obituary or funeral service, a few days after their death.
Apr
14
comment What would you call size that fits between small and medium?
@Oldcat I think he just did