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Jul
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comment Is there a word for irrational anger?
In my house it's called "hungry".
Jun
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comment Does the term “white lie” have racist connotations?
The origin of a word does not have anything to do with its contemporary usage.
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Nov
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comment Man-hour vs. person-hour? Is the former now considered politically incorrect?
I don't see how this answers the question to the standards of this site.
Nov
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comment What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
Huh. It seems you are correct but I though I had seen that usage.
Nov
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revised What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
clarified answer based on comments
Nov
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answered What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
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May
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comment Is it possible to write an infinite sentence that is grammatically correct?
This only seems to apply if you compose the sentence from beginning to end. I could compose "This is a very long sentence." and then add a "very" an infinite number of times. This sentence would have proper punctuation.
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answered Word meaning crying, but not crying?
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comment What does “Awesome” mean when you are complimented by an Apple-shop salesclerk on your answer to a barrage of his questions?
I think the fact that the original author feels the need to add "and I think he really meant it" to the statement indicates that typically it is exactly as you say.
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comment How should I use the phrasal verb “to d**k around”?
@Charles sure but my point is that the context makes the meaning in these cases. For example if I used "Stop booking me around." In a conversation with a travel agent who consistently sent me on multiple connections, then the "book" would have a much more literal meaning but if I used the same phrase in the context of negotiating the price of an orange at a fruit stand, the stand owner would certainly understand me even though "book" has little to no meaning relevant to buying oranges.