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Jul
26
comment What is the meaning of this wisecrack “If you can't beat members of the ”birther“ movement, join 'em.”?
@HotLicks Mitt Romney's father was born in Mexico, maybe that's the one you're thinking of.
Jul
15
comment Is “certainly possible” an oxymoron?
Technically something can be possible but have a zero probability. Such as for example getting heads an infinite number of times in a row when tossing a coin. Or landing exactly on the center point or edge when throwing a dart at a (hypothetical geometric) dartboard
Jul
7
comment Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'
I'd assume that a "facilities generalist" at least also changes lightbulbs.
Jun
25
comment Does the term “white lie” have racist connotations?
I'm pretty sure the "black" of "black eye" is literal, referring to the very dark color that a facial bruise tends to take.
Jun
16
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
@Tonepoet My point was that "gentlemanly" is not an adverb, or at least not always.
Jun
14
comment Is there a non-gendered term for “gentlemanly”
genteelly is an adverb; the answer should probably just be genteel.
Jun
9
comment Another word for “expropriate”, or an antonym for “privatize”
I thought "nationalize" was mainly used regarding foreign-owned assets, and the government control was incidental. Of course, it applies reasonably well to OP's case regardless.
May
23
comment What is a word for what gladiators do?
@ermanen Is this not why you are here?
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?