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Oct
25
comment Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior
God forgive me, but now I'm curious what blashphemy would convey the meaning of asshole-ish behavior.
Aug
25
asked Do you “call an audible” when you “play it by ear”?
Jun
23
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
19
comment Is it correct to ask “what's your father?” when you actually mean to ask about his job?
Since this is the English language site, I feel obliged to point out that "grammar" is misspelled above. Unfortunately, StackExchange won't let me make such a terse correction, so I have to make a bigger deal out of it by commenting. :/
May
28
accepted What does “bring fire to the natives” mean?
May
28
comment What does “bring fire to the natives” mean?
Got any references? Also please don't make the its versus it's mistake on english.stackexchange.com. It's too ironic. ;-)
May
27
comment What does “bring fire to the natives” mean?
Interesting answer – while the Greek gods may simply have been protecting themselves, it's also possible some of them viewed fire as a threat to mankind. In that light, reticence to bring fire to the natives could imply a condescending sort of protectiveness.
May
27
asked What does “bring fire to the natives” mean?
May
3
comment Origin of “If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times”
Good response, but I can't call it an answer. Maybe FumbleFingers is right, and there is no answer, but the chosen answer to Origin of "he's 6 feet tall if he's an inch" does an excellent job of describing how this kind of rhetorical hyperbole ends up getting formulated in language. But I still don't know what to do with this question.
May
1
comment Origin of “If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times”
Yep, it's a dupe, but one that's a bit hard to search for directly. So now what do I do with this question? Delete it?</meta>
Apr
30
asked Origin of “If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times”
Mar
27
comment How does the “partial” in “I'm partial to” relate to the “partial” in “partial fraction”?
That's fascinating! From the French to the English they would almost appear to be false cognates, but from the Latin to the French they are clearly not.
Mar
26
awarded  Commentator
Mar
26
comment What is the word for “understandable by specific group”?
There's also arcane, which wouldn't really be pejorative. If someone suggested I had arcane understanding, I would not be offended.
Mar
25
accepted What is the etymology of “…kick ass and take names”?
Mar
25
comment What's the difference between “bucket” and “pail”?
Not in the Northeast part of North America. In fact, had I posted an answer, I might've speculated the geographic opposite.
Mar
24
asked What is the etymology of “…kick ass and take names”?
Mar
22
answered “In time” versus “on time”
Mar
22
comment Advice for using multiple same-gender personal pronouns in the same sentence
@z7sg It's not clear to me that Feeling indebted is really intended to modify Alice. After all, why should Alice feel indebted to the person she recently helped? Even if I'm off-base in my assertion that the participle's target is ambiguous, I still don't see how this clause clarifies the pronouns.
Mar
22
awarded  Critic