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May
8
revised How did the archaic 'villein' transform into villain?
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May
8
answered How did the archaic 'villein' transform into villain?
May
8
revised What's the masculine form of boudoir?
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May
8
comment What's the masculine form of boudoir?
They wouldn't have had the modern health concerns, but having everything smell like smoke was still unpleasant.
May
8
comment What's the masculine form of boudoir?
Of course, the other purpose of a smoking room was to prevent smoke from contaminating the rest of the house - they also had special clothes they would wear to smoke.
May
8
revised What's the masculine form of boudoir?
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May
8
comment What's the masculine form of boudoir?
@Mike your example doesn't really work because we're not talking about a shared changing room, but a private room which has an owner.
May
8
answered What's the masculine form of boudoir?
Apr
30
comment Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?
Traditionally, "holding court" refers to what is done by a king, not a judge.
Apr
8
revised Is it okay to ignore putting periods between initials?
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Apr
8
comment Is it okay to ignore putting periods between initials?
Well, the fact that her name is written with dots in the title of the article is informative. But, once again - especially in writing and show business - you don't need to feel bound by "rules" for your name.
Apr
8
answered Is it okay to ignore putting periods between initials?
Mar
17
comment Real word for “equippable”
AIUI, "Wieldable" is limited specifically to weapons (or maybe hand items like tools, magic wands, etc), whereas "equippable" also works for armor and accessories.
Mar
9
comment Is the phrase “Icy slush” redundant?
Is the slush itself icy, or is it on top of a persistent layer of ice?
Mar
6
comment Is “naturally flavored with other natural flavors” redundant?
So, tl;dr it says this because some of the natural flavors in it aren't made from real oranges. Do the appearance of lemons and limes on the label not mean 7-up has a "characterizing flavor" of lemon and lime?
Feb
27
comment I've said it once, I've said it twice, I've said it a thousand times: English doesn't make sense
Or, for that matter, why we have "eleven" and "twelve" instead of a hypothetical "oneteen, twoteen" (I assume derived from some old english equivalent of "X and ten")
Feb
25
comment What do you call a cylinder with a hole down the center?
"washer" is used in mathematical contexts for integration of certain types of functions.
Feb
9
comment Are “streak” and “ambush” really the collective nouns for tigers?
Isn't it a flock of sheep?
Jan
26
comment Are there rules to determine whether a musician's title will end with “-er” or “-ist”?
@Kris - the engineer drives the train. The guy who runs the engine is called a fireman. Just language being illogical.
Jan
26
comment Are there rules to determine whether a musician's title will end with “-er” or “-ist”?
@RoaringFish and a fiddler would be a violinist. The divide is so sharply defined that some people believe they are different instruments.