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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
16
awarded  Constituent
Jun
9
awarded  Caucus
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?
Dec
15
comment Why does the Sudan have a “the” in the name?
New York City in the US has one borough called The Bronx. The other Boroughs making up the city have no The, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island. I often asked this same question.
Nov
19
comment What is it called when someone says something like: “I'm not a racist, but…”
@supercat - Understood. And I'd agree with your example. I've never heard the phrase in the wild, only on Twitter where a Tweep whose handle is #yesyoureracist appears to retweet only the ones which offend. I suspect that's what OP was referencing.
Nov
19
comment Does apologizing entail recognizing being at fault?
I once had a situation in which I was wrong, and this occurred with my daughter present. I formulated my theory of a good apology - - Admit doing whatever you are sorry for - Acknowledge how it impacted the person or why it was wrong - Promise not to do it again My daughter was only 8 at the time, and my own apology was both to set an example for her and to tell the person I offended that I was sorry in a way that made my sincerity undeniable.