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May
10
comment Word to describe “beautiful but worthless”
First I've ever seen pretty defined with (often pejorative). +1 for that, i guess
May
2
answered Does “to flatline” only means “to die”, or can it refer to an actual flat graph?
Apr
29
comment What does “Your hair is so white now, it can talk back to police” mean?
@gerrit - I'll offer, as a money guy, "In the Black" means one's business is making money, and the term "Black Friday" comes from the fact that businesses that might have been marginal through October, tend to have a great profits that weekend due to heavy shopping.
Oct
31
comment “Childlessness is hereditary in our family” What do you call a statement containing a contradiction such as the example?
+1 for "Nobody goes there anymore— it's too crowded" - I saw the question on hot/trending, and thought "Yogi Berraism." and you nailed it.
Oct
22
comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
@oxinabox ATM machine is redundant. As is PIN number.
Oct
21
comment What do you call those two strands coming out of the electric capacitors?
"Rhymes with" might be a better way to say this.
Oct
7
comment Is “homophobic” a noun?
Doesn't usage often become proper even if it didn't start quite that way? Here, I agree, two different words, one adj, one noun. But if common usage treat homophobic as noun, at some point, it's accepted as such.
Jul
7
comment What to call the “things that nobody talks about”?
I have no issue with verboten, in general, but don't feel it's really applicable to everything the OP isn't mentioning. For instance, it may be verboten to discuss sex in general due to one's religious beliefs, but discussing income, while still avoided, isn't at the same level. It may just be a taboo topic.
Jul
7
comment What does “Clearasil-scented grammatical sloth” in casual American speech mean?
Right. It was made up. A Google of "Clearasil-scented" shows 20K results, but add -sloth and it drops to 65, leading me to believe most results were echos of this one article and the comments it led to.
Jul
2
comment Correct, clear, concise way to use “potato-potato” in writing
Nice backstory, but how does it answer OP's question?
Jun
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May
10
comment Does “the N-word” have implications other than a word used for racial discrimination?
Isn't the C word now used to mean Cancer?
May
10
comment Does “renege” have any racial overtones, or is it otherwise offensive?
@DaveMG - agreed. Yet, try to use the word niggle in conversation and things might not go well.
May
10
answered A way of describing the lesbian parent that is not pregnant?
Feb
28
comment Opposite of “literal”
Your answer's title implies to me that the airquotes are required to indicate the alternate meaning. Unless, I'm reading it too literally.
Feb
28
comment Do you hang up a cellphone?
And when my wife asks if I taped a show, I remind her that there's no 'tape,' it's a recording on a hard drive. She quickly changes the topic to "you are very annoying."
Feb
19
comment A pedant's plea for a proper pun
@Malvolio i've always believed paradise had no fences or walls, thus no need for windows or gates.
Feb
11
comment Are there racial overtones for the term thug?
I imagine (as Marc implied) white guys in Al Capone's time going to collect money. But, usage changes, and if it's now racist, I hope to get the memo.
Jan
14
comment A formal way to say “I don't want to sound too cocky…”
This is for a professor, not a boss, correct? Shouldn't a student be proud of his work? And shouldn't you be able to benchmark its superiority? The speed it executed?