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comment Is it okay to use “doesn’t” twice in one sentence?
He doesn't drink, doesn't cuss, doesn't steal, doesn't chase after women, doesn't do drugs, doesn't sin. For Goodness sake, what does he do?
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comment Can a statement be “hissed” without any sibilants?
"Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers" sounds quite sinister when hissed.
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comment A word to mean the act of making two things equivalent?
"A is equivalent to B" "Only when you normalize with respect to their different..." oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/normalize
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comment “Don't cut yourself on that edge”
Sometimes used sarcastically, where the edge in question is quite blunt, but there's a possibility that you're just dumb enough to hurt yourself on it anyway. Context will offer clues as to whether this is how the phrase is meant.
Aug
30
comment Do I have to put “that is” in this sentence?
Yes. If it's not there, I'll fill it in without even thinking about it; if I happen to be in a mood where I care about such minutiae. The guts of the meaning comes across either way.
Aug
30
comment An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes
Under some circumstances, that person is simply a lamer. urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lamer Of the real dictionaries, Oxford sort of covers it: oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/lamer
Aug
27
comment Is it OK to pronounce kilogram as “kay gee” (/ˈkeɪˈdʒiː/)?
It's properly pronounced 'kigs', but whatever works for you is OK. I call pounds (lb) 'lubs".
Aug
27
answered Expression for an abrupt change in height
Aug
27
comment “a quiet head”? I need a more natural sounding equivalent
Undistracted by family matters? This is more directed to the specific situation than perhaps you are looking for.
Aug
25
comment “Looks like” in more formal way
"Upon closer examination, it appears that..."
Aug
25
comment What words out there could be used to describe a place where there is a lot to do or a lot of fun activities?
@Josh61 Some prefer pleasure domes.
Aug
22
comment What does it mean when the beginning of a sentence is 'To Think' (followed by a comma)?
@Robusto: We probably have regional variation here.
Aug
22
revised What does it mean when the beginning of a sentence is 'To Think' (followed by a comma)?
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Aug
22
comment What does David Hume mean by the word “dull” in this quote?
Hume is being world-weary to show us how sophisticated he is. It's a common game among the intellectual set.
Aug
22
comment What is a single word that means “poor guy” (not moneyless)?
Hapless questioner has been downvoted.
Aug
22
answered What does it mean when the beginning of a sentence is 'To Think' (followed by a comma)?
Aug
21
comment A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment
Significant optimization is often achievable in discrete neighborhoods, but many such methods are not applicable to the network as a whole?
Aug
21
comment Let me all know what you think
"Let me know what each of you think" gets across the call for everyone's input, without asking for some sort of group response.
Aug
21
comment Looking for idiom meaning “to make many serious or stupid mistakes”
This may catch some of the correct flavour: "Yes, on one hand it may be correct to catch a bunch of smugglers, but on the other, you may instead arrest the Mayor's daughter."
Aug
17
comment Origin of street names ending in “-hurst”
Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst (1762-1834) got several places named after him: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Bathurst,_3rd_Earl_Bathurst