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Mar
15
comment Is “get one’s pants off” a popular idiom or an eyebrows-raising slang?
It should be noted that in British English pants refer to underwear not the outer garments.
Mar
15
answered What is the longest English word that starts and ends with the same letter?
Mar
15
revised What is the longest English word that starts and ends with the same letter?
C - cineangiocardiographic - 22 letters from debian wordlist
Mar
15
comment What is the longest English word that starts and ends with the same letter?
This is the kind of thing you should ask a computer, e.g. with a shell script you could use egrep '^([[:lower:]])[[:lower:]]*\1$' /usr/share/dict/british-english-insane |awk '{ print length(), $0 }' |sort -n to filter and order a wordlist.
Mar
12
comment Equivalent of “anthropomorphism” for babies
You think we shouldn’t anthropomorphize people?
Mar
11
comment What is the converse of “hence”?
The converse of hence is since in some contexts.
Mar
8
awarded  Enthusiast
Mar
3
comment Capitalization and hyphenation for prefixed adjectives derived from proper names in mathematics
@BranimirĆaćić My UK maths lecturer told us that it was a great honour for a mathematician to have their name used in lower-case. I recall he was talking about "abelian".
Feb
28
answered Phrase synonymous to “a general understanding”?
Feb
28
answered What's it called when you switch the order of two words around?
Feb
28
awarded  Yearling
Feb
27
comment Can we use “commiseration” and “condolence” interchangeably?
In British National Corpus commiseration (17 results) doesn't seem much rarer than commiserate (27 results).
Feb
26
answered Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning
Feb
24
comment Etymology of “half-assed”
I would have used "back-forming" but I lack your talent for irony.
Feb
22
comment “as much as” vs. “as much as is”"
Good to hear you're a linguistic liberal. But I was unsure of the meaning of your final line, which do you regard as the most syntactically punctilious?
Feb
22
comment “as much as” vs. “as much as is”"
Which do you regard as preferable, the terse version or the one that pays homage to the implied terms?
Feb
22
answered Headline Language
Feb
21
comment Meaning of vitative(ness)
Onelook has got some great pattern searching options too, e.g. "vita*:life" gives words starting "vita" related to "life"
Feb
21
answered Word for attaching blame to inanimate objects
Feb
18
comment What is the origin of the idiom “have been had”?
Similar to pwnd I would have thought.