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Feb
8
comment Difference between “run into”, “come upon” and “come across”
@henginy, I would think that you'd only use "ran into" in reference to a fierce pack of dogs if there had been some hint as to the potential for danger. "Came across" seems to me, much more apt in that instance. Running into a person, also typically implies knowing the person in question.
Feb
8
comment Difference between “run into”, “come upon” and “come across”
I would argue that "run into" is only usually negative when the object of the sentence is not a person. Also that "come across" could be more broadly related to searching of any kind, not limited to reading.
Feb
2
comment Is it proper to state percentages greater than 100%?
"My mother was half Jewish, half English, half Spanish." "That's three halves." "Oh, she was a big woman."
Jan
20
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
17
comment What's a good comeback to “obviously”?
@Pitarou, please see my response to OP above.
Dec
16
comment Pronunciation of “Porsche” over time
It goes like this: if you own one, you pronounce the e. If you don't, you don't.
Dec
16
answered Word meaning “absorbs everything around him”
Dec
16
comment Shorter word for 'Settings'
A picture of a cog or gear is often used for this purpose or alternatively a wrench/spanner. I posted this in the comments because this isn't really a EL&U answer.
Dec
15
answered Word for hope-instilling?
Dec
15
comment Read, write, speak and?
I suppose it does imply understanding in one sense, but understanding is a vague notion with many levels. "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously". In a one sense, I understand this sentence. It is grammatically correct, but it is meaningless. How can you understand a meaningless sentence? That doesn't mean I can't read it.
Dec
13
answered Read, write, speak and?
Dec
13
comment Read, write, speak and?
Is "written text" redundant?
Nov
20
comment When a car stops working, is it “crashed” or “broken”?
As computers become more and more integrated with cars, a car crash could lead to a car crash, or vise versa.
Nov
20
comment Why bread crumbs and not stones?
I like how the article starts with "Just as Hansel and Gretel created a breadcrumb trail to find their path back home..." Maybe that answers the question, people don't actually remember what happened to the bread crumbs.
Nov
20
accepted Why bread crumbs and not stones?
Nov
15
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
11
comment Word for a yes/no question that's more to elicit a longer response
Guess it depends who you're asking.
Nov
11
comment “A Smith & Wesson beats a straight flush”
With the Royal Flush being the highest example.
Nov
11
asked Why bread crumbs and not stones?
Oct
27
comment “For a long time” vs “in a long time”
Could you elaborate on the class marker? Which class, for instance?