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comment “Came undone” in this context?
@ColinFine The point being that undone as unfastened comes as an opposite of done being fastened?
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comment Is the genderless pronoun “they” appropriate and grammatical for a non-binary gender?
@LegoStormtroopr Kris' umbrella was left in our house. I disagree with Rahul here: if this person is picky enough to ask people to use "they" to refer to he/she, then don't give him/her this pleasure and reword everything to avoid such case. Or should I say: if this person is picky enough and wants to be referred to with the pronoun"they", don't let this pleasure be given and reword everything.
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comment Is there a word for someone who you've not physically met but know well?
Thanks! I thought "bud" was a short form of "birthday"!
Aug
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awarded  Scholar
Aug
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accepted What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
Aug
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comment Opposite of Nightmare?
Nightmare, if memory serves, meant a Black wolf. So why not also suggest "white dog"?
Aug
27
comment What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?
@dwjohnston I'd be happy to continue this in a chat. Also, since it seems people are still visiting this topic, I added my comment as an answer as I believe it's still a simple and good solution here.
Aug
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answered What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?
Aug
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comment What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?
@dwjohnston except it may often be a temporary condition, while gay isn't. Now this aspect is of course opinion-based, but I still feel that lame is much less offensive to injured people than saying something bad is gay.
Aug
27
comment What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?
@dwjohnston I can't say definitely but I would tend to say no, because I think "lame" is already a pejorative way to describe a person (with difficulty walking), while gay is primarily not an insult to homosexual people per se.
Aug
26
comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
@mplungjan As said on the comments for PurpleHelen's answer, can a powder magazine have a different kind of powder than gunpowder? If you consider a magazine to be a military words (I don't think it's used in other realms of expertise, where we'd probably say "warehouse" or simply "storage building"), it has to be gunpowder, right?
Aug
25
comment Proper term for knowing four or more languages?
The question makes it sound like he needs the equivalent of "trilingual" for 4, 5 and 6.
Aug
25
comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
@PurpleHelen That was not an attack (I remained surprisingly friendly in my nearly-condescending comment); however, as I'm still hesitating between "gunpowder" and "powder" magazine (Can a powder magazine have a different kind of powder than gunpowder?), I'm still trying to figure out the real interest of saying "gunpowder". Thus your answer do matter in this thread.
Aug
25
comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
Great. Do you have anything supporting that or should I trust you as an official mediator of British English? :-)
Aug
25
comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
I did point out "powder magazine" in the question. Does "gunpowder" instead of "powder" bring a significant difference, and should I prefer it to the single-word "magazine"?
Aug
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comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
@JoeBlow Definitely not obvious. I knew that it was originally arabic, the z in the word doesn't lie; but according to wiktionary, it comes from French, which took it from English, which took it from French (I know right?!), which took it from Italian, which took it from arabic. Another funny example is "challenge" which has been imported in French despite being a French word in the first place. Good question though.
Aug
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comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
@JoeBlow Yes that's an interesting point indeed!
Aug
25
comment What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
Interesting. Is it nitpicking to point out that powder and ammunition are two different things?
Aug
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asked What's the name for a place where powder is kept?
Aug
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comment -phobia word for fear of hearing speeches
Maybe one should not forget that ancient-greek-based words are neologism-prone. Let's use the version that makes more sense, whatever the google Ngrams say.