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answered Other ways to define a turning point
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comment What's the meaning of “When you rock the boat, there will be waves”?
Who else is out on the pond, and what is lurking under the surface?
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comment “get one's head around” vs “get one's arms around”
One phrase is more conceptual, the other more physical.
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comment Can one ever say for certain a word does not exist?
@JanusBahsJacquet Words are social constructs, not noumenal monads that lie off in some space, waiting to be discovered.
Dec
22
comment What's the opposite of “further down” in “further down the road”?
"Hi James. I saw Matthew back thataway." -points
Dec
21
comment Can one ever say for certain a word does not exist?
The act of saying or writing conjures a word into existence. Beyond that point it's all a matter of debating whether or not it's a proper word.
Dec
21
comment What does “in camphor” mean?
Nowadays, paradichlorobenzene is more commonly used in making mothballs than camphor.
Dec
21
comment Understandable songs to learn English
The Beatles have a Brit accent, but reasonably clear pronunciation. Of course, by learning from song you're likely to learn poetic constructions rather than standard speech construction.
Dec
20
reviewed Approve Question on indefinite article (in couple weeks or in a couple weeks)
Dec
20
comment What does whoopty-skippy-do mean?
It is something that's said (US) after learning one has received a three cent a week raise: "Well, whoopty-skippy-do!"
Dec
19
reviewed Reject Why does English spelling use silent letters?
Dec
19
comment What does “coming to be” mean?
This is just a bad sentence. Why would I have to reflect in order to observe? Reflection typically comes after observation. It feels as if someone is deliberately being obscure here.
Dec
17
reviewed Approve How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title
Dec
15
comment Non-religious equivalent expression for “Pray for [Country X]” after a disaster
It's a cultural thing. Wishing well is widely considered inferior to praying, by the set who prays.
Dec
15
comment Non-religious equivalent expression for “Pray for [Country X]” after a disaster
Yes. Or "I wish the people of Guatemala well during their time of trial."
Dec
15
answered Non-religious equivalent expression for “Pray for [Country X]” after a disaster
Dec
14
answered Word for someone who blindly follows a religion or government
Dec
14
reviewed Approve Word for someone who blindly follows a religion or government
Dec
13
answered Name for something that can “Target”
Dec
13
reviewed Approve A poetic/literary term for “Ice Age”?