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Jan
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comment English equivalent for “Picking a fight with your mother because you…”
American version: get one's panties in a wad/knot.
Jan
29
comment What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?
Easily misunderstood in the world of distribution. You could ask someone to get you one container and end up with a giant steel box.
Jan
19
comment Word or phrase for “it won't change anything, but we'll protest anyways”
This phrase strongly connotes continuing to do something after it has become futile; you wouldn't use it if the situation were hopeless at the outset.
Jan
19
comment Word or phrase for “it won't change anything, but we'll protest anyways”
Sisyphean is the best answer, IMO. Maybe it's just my interpretation, but I always think of "pissing into the wind" to have an element of backfiring: if you try it, you end up covered in piss. Howling at the wind might convey the sense of futility without the adverse consequence. Sting wrote it's like singing in the wind or writing on the surface of a lake, but he stole that from Catullus.
Oct
14
comment Who would address the issue this fall?
I'm not convinced that it's necessary to characterize the announcement as either ironic or cynical. Any meaningful reduction in carbon emission must be lead by China and the US because they're the largest emitters. And in any case, the political commentary doesn't contribute anything to the OP's understanding of sentence structure.
Jul
31
comment Word for a room with washing machines in it?
@Sawbones That's true in the context of a commercial or apartment building where there might actually be a janitor, but a 'utility room' in a house or apartment is typically a space with water heater, washer/dryer, HVAC, etc.
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Dec
16
comment “Off the wall” vs. “Off of the wall”
@KristinaLopez Here's one that suggests that: etymonline.com/…
Dec
16
revised What is the netting dressing for a deep cut called?
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Dec
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Dec
16
answered What is the netting dressing for a deep cut called?
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Aug
23
comment Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?
Followed by: but is there an actual word which does that? The question could use some work.
Aug
22
comment Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?
That is a pronoun, so it's true that it's job is to take the place of a noun, but it's always used with an antecedent or at least some sort of (possibly nonverbal) indication of what the speaker intends to refer to. In this question the OP seems to be asking for a placeholder word that can be used without indicating its meaning. Also, that in He looked like that is still a pronoun, not an adjective.
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Nov
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comment What vivid verb should I use when someone “turns into” a zombie?
Someone who matures or evolves into a zombie isn't starting from a very good place -- those words generally connote a positive change. Devolves would be a better choice to describe most people undergoing zombification, although there are certainly exceptions.