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Feb
25
comment Etymology of “half-assed”
@MrLister {{citation_needed}}
Feb
21
answered Is “else” in “someone else” necessary?
Feb
20
comment Adjective that means “disableable”?
@Candide You want a disabler disabler? How meta!
Feb
4
comment What do you call a poem or song that sets up a rhyme and then ignores it?
@mplungjan I think the Shrek example is a little different. You're supposed to expect a specific word, not just the rhyme. The rhyme is a tool to misdirect the audience to precisely that word. Maybe it's a matter of degrees, but I see it as a different end product.
Jan
25
comment Is it “peek”, “peak” or “pique”?
+1 because you cover the common turn of phrase, and then go on to make a point about a possible pun that is reasonable and grammatically correct. @SteveMelnikoff's link to m-w shows that to peak can be used transitively for the very meaning in question here.
Jan
20
answered What's the meaning of “straight” here?
Jan
16
comment “To shoot out of cannon into sparrows”
I had heard it as Don't bring a knife to a gunfight, but that particular phrase suffers from a lack of just. Nothing wrong with having a knife at a gunfight, as long as you have a gun, too. Also, as anyone who has been in close-quarters combat will tell you, having just a gun at a knife fight is not overkill, it is ineffective.
Jan
13
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Nov
29
awarded  Custodian
Nov
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When did the term 'leverage' gain its verb/debt-related meaning?
Nov
29
asked When did the term 'leverage' gain its verb/debt-related meaning?
Oct
12
comment What is the opposite of organic (food)?
@AndrewLeach no specific context, but pure curiosity.
Oct
12
comment What is the opposite of organic (food)?
@Kris I don't understand why such a term precludes the existence of its antonym; even so, though, if your point is about the definition of antonym, can you come up with a word that describes the relative complement of organic food in food (set theory)?
Oct
12
asked What is the opposite of organic (food)?
Oct
8
comment “Glaringly obvious” vs. “blaringly obvious”
@J.R. I'm not really averse to the value judgement, but to be fair the question is not which is better?, but which came first?
Oct
8
comment “Glaringly obvious” vs. “blaringly obvious”
+1 for the careful thinking on the subject.
Oct
8
comment “Glaringly obvious” vs. “blaringly obvious”
If you're going to make value judgements about it, then why don't we drop all the two-word phrases and just go for pithy alternatives like obvious and blatant? :)
Oct
8
comment “Glaringly obvious” vs. “blaringly obvious”
And yet blatant is just another word that has obvious in its definition – not that that rules anything out, but it makes me sad for the creativity of the human race.
Oct
8
comment “Glaringly obvious” vs. “blaringly obvious”
That a thing glares at you is only one definition of glaring. Is there documented etymology to suggest that the other definitions of glaring stem from this? Also, the word blaring comes from the Middle English bleren, and is not a combination of glaring and blinding.
Oct
8
comment “Glaringly obvious” vs. “blaringly obvious”
Evidence, or just a general sense?