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Nov
30
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Are you suggesting that a hard disk drive is never solid-state? I'm surprised. Is it the word drive that makes it not solid-state?
Nov
30
asked What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Nov
24
comment term for “finding correct solution by excluding wrong solutions”
By the way, the style of game where the winner is chosen by eliminating all the other players is called "last man standing". Thought you might find that a useful, related phrase.
Nov
23
comment Can you grammatically end a sentence with “with”?
Quotation attributions on the Internet are notoriously hard to track down. (Lincoln)
Nov
18
comment What do you call second-party quotes within a quote?
When a radio announcer reads a quote it's hard to tell if it's a direct quote or a paraphrase. The way this particular newscaster read it, I was pretty sure it was a quote-within-a-quote.
Nov
18
accepted What do you call second-party quotes within a quote?
Nov
16
comment A word for the feeling of falling
You may also experience this feeling right before falling asleep, as part of hypnagogia. I wonder if the falling sensation is why they call it "falling" asleep.
Nov
16
asked What do you call second-party quotes within a quote?
Nov
7
accepted Do you “call an audible” when you “play it by ear”?
Nov
7
accepted Origin of “If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times”
Oct
25
comment Can one answer “Have you got…?” with “Yes, I've got.”?
There are lots of grammatically and colloquially valid responses, but I'd guess the most likely response is a mumble along the lines of "sure" followed by some rummaging through a bag.
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
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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.