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answered Meaning of the Black Bile
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comment “Your chance to dream has arrived” - National Lottery. How do you read this?
I read it as a bad ad agency, passing off tripe as a substitute for quality sloganeering. collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/sloganeering
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comment Why do we say “be to blame”, not “be to be blamed”?
@Brandin "John is to blame" does not supply the weasel room that "John is to be blamed" does. In the later case, it might actually be Paul's fault, but John is supposed to take the fall for it.
Mar
25
comment Is there a name for someone who calls someone else what he himself is?
Person A may also know full well that the adjective applies only himself. In those circumstances its is a debate tactic, and often a very effective one. You see it a lot these days.
Mar
25
answered SWR “post-closing” 'aftermath" comments after an argument
Mar
25
comment Word for: older than legacy
Sometimes obsolete code runs on newer systems, not through any particular planning, but simply because it's vanilla enough not to break anything.
Mar
25
comment What is the difference between Mitigate and Mollify?
You can't mitigate the damage your oil spill caused by cutting a check to everyone in town, but that'll sure mollify most citizens.
Mar
25
answered Is there as more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign?
Mar
25
reviewed Approve How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?
Mar
24
reviewed Approve Not until [sentence] do [sentence]
Mar
23
comment Connotations: “sanguine” vs “sanguinary”
Exsanguinate dictionary.reference.com/browse/exsanguinate is an intersting term. Then there's Project Sanguine: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Sanguine designed for chatting with American submarines while engaged in Nuclear combat, toe to toe with the Russkies.
Mar
23
answered Book Lovers / Book worms with different words?
Mar
22
comment What's a word to describe topics that would be impolite to talk about?
Tacky, or if you want to get fancy about it de classe.
Mar
20
comment What is an “inexhaustible treasure of nature”?
@HotLicks Don't forget vacuum. Universe has got plenty of that to call inexhaustible. With regard to the OP's paragraph: the lord of light's inexhaustible treasure of nature, just means that he's big, powerful and can create about anything he wants to put into our world.
Mar
20
comment Something that is impossible but has happened
It's hard to have probabilities without some sort of time axis, so the term 'impossible' may not be at all appropriate in describing the formation of our time line itself.
Mar
16
comment English equivalent of saying “Don’t get in between the nail and the flesh”?
That's a nasty idiom; beautiful! What language is it, and how is it written?
Mar
15
comment What is the adjective meaning “great in area”?
@JohnLawler Could be three-dimensional too. Multidimensional generally refers to three or more dimensions. Polydimensional refers to many dimensions. Oligo-dimensional might work for two or more, implying the possibility of area, but it doesn't seem to be a well accepted word. Of course, 'having dimension greater than one' is unsatisfying.
Mar
15
comment What is meant by “..waxing literary..”?
"Waning literary" and its like are seldom used, and will sound odd to native speakers.
Mar
15
comment Can etc. mean “or something else”?
-ducks, red things, people with bowling balls, etc.
Mar
14
comment Single word: “for its own sake”
Ipso facto might be made to fit here.