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Nov
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Nov
2
comment What's the term for not just being wrong, but the exact opposite of right?
I don't think the styling is done for consistency with diff reports. Rather I think the color choice is for consistency with the general convention that green items signify permissions and red signifiy restrictions.
Oct
29
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Oct
29
revised English proverb for “They danced, but didn't take a bow”, as for failing good work on a final step
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Oct
29
answered English proverb for “They danced, but didn't take a bow”, as for failing good work on a final step
Sep
28
comment An idiom for “striking unnecessarily hard when the opponent is already weakened”
@steveverrill As commenters have pointed out, the quote from OP can be interpreted as continuing past the point where effort is usefull. While I agree that this quote has the opposite sign of the one in OP, it's also the only answer that actually adresses this interpretation.
Sep
14
comment Apostrophe for indicating possessive. How do I convince my professor?
the node structure and the node's structure is two very different things. One talks about how nodes are connected the other talks about what is going on when you remove the abstraction that hides the internals of the node.
Jul
7
comment A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?
To me, not a native English speaker, conscientious seems more about an activity than about a thing. So one can be conscientious about choosing ingredients, or conscientious about preparing the ingredients. But being conscientious about the ingredients themself seems a bit off.
Apr
17
comment What is a word for a punishment given by people without proper trial instead of the court?
@justhalf To me lynching has a different meaning. As in "The crowd carried out an act of vigilante justice by lynching the perpetrator".
Sep
4
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Sep
4
answered Is there a phrase or idiom for “being defeated by future problems”?
Jul
8
comment Why is this a fragment?
You can write the "correct" sentence more succintly; "This is because I don’t know what you know."
Jun
16
answered … is done in agreement with xxx?
May
12
comment First communion, then communism?
Wouldn't "new communicant" be better? I would take first communicant to be the first person doing communion, not a person taking communion for the first time.
Apr
22
comment Is the use of future tense (especially “will” and “shall”) going out of grammar?
What is the context of the sentence? The "I am to..." construct has a specialized meaning see for example Kaz's answer.
Apr
22
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Jan
10
comment What does a phrase “Plunder for all!” mean?
If a captain, esp. one on a pirate ship, sets out with the promise of "Plunder for all". And then proceed to sink the ships of the opposing fleet he would be in a great deal of trouble.
Jan
10
comment Does this phrase mean what I want it to mean?
Although not suitable in all contexts dv/dt<=-x is unambigous