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American English speaker (dialect, essentially General American) with British English traces from childhood.


Nov
18
comment What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?
Cambridge Dictionary gives neither examples nor connotation. Collins dictionary gives two examples, one positive and one negative. American Heritage Dictionary gives two examples, both with positive connotations. Random House has a neutral example.
Nov
18
comment What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?
I don't agree that it's usually used in that way -- I see it used for good as often as bad, or maybe a little more for good.
Nov
18
answered “At your university” - does university take a capital letter?
Nov
18
comment What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?
Etched -- the other was added after my comment. I've certainly heard this used of good or even joyful memories.
Nov
18
comment What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?
This would work, but note that it has a neutral rather than negative connotation.
Nov
17
comment What is a term that measures whether a business organization is flat or hierarchical?
I more often see it written "fanout". In fact I'm not sure if I've ever seen it as "fan out" until your answer. (But +1 regardless.)
Nov
17
comment What's the meaning of “flatlands of paper”
@GalacticCowboy: It's pretty evident from the original quote, if you've read the book. But I don't feel obliged to defend someone else's downvote, I was just explaining. Apparently the 16 people who voted for Malvolio's answer felt similarly.
Nov
17
comment What's the meaning of “flatlands of paper”
It's not my downvote, but it's probably because your answer is wrong -- it is, as Malvolio suggests, a reference to Abbott's book.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
21
comment About the phrase “ pick someone brain”
Even within the US it's regional.
Sep
8
comment phrases: “marry a guy and he'll provide”
This is more appropriate than "gold digger" (or even "meal ticket") when the focus is on 'merely' providing food and clothing as opposed to a more luxurious lifestyle.
Aug
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
14
comment Pronunciation of the English alphabet
@trlkly: Yes, [β] is much like [v], but why [w] -> [β]?
Aug
3
comment Is there a word to describe a highly desirable cursed treasure?
@Beta: That's it!
Jul
25
comment A word or phrase for 'Holy grail' (a goal impossible to achieve)
I think this is the best answer, aside from "Holy Grail" itself.
Jul
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
22
comment What does “up she rises” mean in the sea shanty “Drunken Sailor”?
The only original recording of this song that I'm aware of pronounces it "early" not "earl-aye"; the latter seems to be a modern innovation.
Jun
18
comment What's a word for a person who loves old or ancient things?
Antiquarian seems better than the alternatives, notwithstanding your objection.
Apr
22
comment Single word meaning “pregnant woman”
In the US it would be "mother-to-be".