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Feb
24
comment What is the word to describe “the gaining of full control over an ability or power you already have”?
Grok is more about understanding than controlling.
Feb
24
comment Describing a well-respected person who is welcomed in a foreign country
A dignitary would be more than just well-respected. It typically denotes a person of a certain political or religious rank or honor worthy of official recognition by the host government.
Feb
24
comment Any idiomatic expression in American English for eating too much?
and Duran Duran is hungry like the wolf.
Feb
24
comment What does “raising the debt ceiling is not groovy” mean? Is the word “groovy" obsolete among the youth of America”?
There is also a tie-dye background as this is being said, another 60s reference.
Feb
24
comment Can any adjective be used as comparative?
What about a binary state like pregnancy? Either you are pregnant or your are not, you can't be more pregnant than someone. Or death?
Feb
23
comment “Rebellion” vs. “revolution”
"Soon the Rebellion will be crushed and young Skywalker will be one of us."
Feb
23
comment Term for “Every 2 weeks”?
Biweekly would also work, but there can be some ambiguity over whether you mean twice a week, or every two weeks.
Feb
23
answered Term for “Every 2 weeks”?
Feb
23
comment What do you call the 'intro document' that new employees get on their first day?
Or "employee handbook".
Feb
22
comment How does a supervisor in a prison address an inmate in American English?
Sounds like you're writing something? If you're doing research for a story or something like that, why not contact someone directly in the field?
Feb
22
comment Comma confusion
I would just add that if your intention in the second question is to avoid confusion about your liking all of the "meat", then I would use or instead of and.
Feb
22
comment Why is “busy” pronounced “bizzy”?
@JonPurdy How one pronounces all the examples you sited will depend on which side of the Atlantic you happen to reside.
Feb
21
comment Can you be literal about non-literal things?
Your summation brings up a good question. What if there is no actual producible conditions because the words don't have an agreed upon meaning. A literal meeting of the minds is ambiguous because what is a mind? We've just veered into the Mind-Body problem.
Feb
21
comment Can you be literal about non-literal things?
Yes. Are we stripping away one layer or all of them? And for those using an absolute sense of literally, what would be their mechanism for stripping away only one layer? Does it all come down to interpretation?
Feb
21
asked Can you be literal about non-literal things?
Feb
21
comment Usage of 'if' and 'if not' to mean 'and perhaps even/also'
@FumbleFingers, I agree with your last point. I read OP's second sentence to mean he was not exuberant, not that he was "perhaps even exuberant. If you move the clause to the front it becomes more obvious.
Feb
9
answered How can you describe someone who gives up too easily?
Feb
9
answered Need a generic term for “model types” and “platforms”
Feb
9
comment What do you call someone who has extensive knowledge but won't share it?
Hence my extensive use of the word may. And as to whether it's better for you to know it or not, surely would depend on which side of the matter you were.
Feb
9
answered What's a word meaning a never-ending source?