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comment Hemingway's use of “benevolent” in “benevolent skin cancer”
Hardly proof, but Google ngram does show a crossover in the written popularity of the two words around 1970. books.google.com/ngrams/…
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comment Can I say “I'm glad I was of any help”?
I'm glad I was of some help!
Nov
23
answered Derogatory term for inconcise writing
Nov
23
comment What is the objection of Siddhartha here?
Hesse was nothing, if not wordy.
Nov
23
comment “She allowed her life to be a circumstance of her illness”
Being in a somewhat darker frame of mind, I'd interpret the sentence as "I am Leprosy, which also happens to be alive". In either case, the proper slant on meaning can likely be derived from context.
Nov
23
comment A blue-nosed automatic?
Gun bluing: google.com/…
Nov
23
comment What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”
"Well, this is a whole different kettle of fish".
Nov
22
comment What does “Obama goes big” mean?
"In college sports, go big or go home": columbiaspectator.com/sports/2012/10/16/… Ref is American Football: "The Ravens decided to kick a field goal instead of attempting a fourth-down conversion."
Nov
21
comment better word for items on a menu
Cocktails, Appetizers, entrees, main course, desserts chicken, pasta, seafood, salad. House Specials. Soup de jour, pomme frite combos.... All are 'menu items'
Nov
19
comment describe a bedroom “filled” with furniture
My bedroom at grandma's house was crammed with old furniture; everything from broken rocking chairs, 30's stands nightstands, to an old player piano with a busted foot-treadle.
Nov
19
comment Does “argumentative” have negative connotation? If so, what's a more neutral word?
@thePetProjectProgrammer - Critical thinking is currently a "battleground phrase":austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2012-06-27/… However, that does not mean it isn't the best choice for your use. All the possibilities suffer some negative connotation or other, so you'd best make your choice based on the intended audience.
Nov
19
comment A word to mean shine
You want a term for the general diffuse reflection, or a specular reflection off the surface of the leaf? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specular_reflection
Nov
19
comment A word that means that something is not real but feels real
I've never met a virtual reality that felt real, but illusions, or even delusions, can seem real as rocks, until they're shattered.
Nov
19
comment Does “argumentative” have negative connotation? If so, what's a more neutral word?
Skeptical may seem a better choice, but in some quarters it covers obstinate blowhards who don't know the subject they're talking about, and aren't willing to learn. Better perhaps to praise a person's critical thinking skills: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking
Nov
14
comment What does it mean “to blow out one's arm”?
More commonly, regular folk blow out their back by twisting it funny or trying to lift something too heavy for them.
Nov
4
comment Do auroras count as an “optical” phenomenon?
Aurora are more commonly referred to as an atmospheric phenomena.
Nov
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What term describes the replacement of a full description of an object with a reference to one of its specific features?
Nov
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Capitalization of the word universe
Nov
3
answered What's a less profane alternative to “as f**k”?
Nov
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What's a less profane alternative to “as f**k”?