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Nov
8
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.
Nov
4
comment Word or phrase for “seeing meaning where none exists”
Meaning exists where we find it. If a reader finds meaning that the author didn't intend, who's to say that it doesn't exist?
Aug
10
comment Alternative to the incorrect “I'm doing great”?
@JanusBahsJacquet That's what I wrote, in fact, but someone missed my point and edited my answer. :-)
Jul
16
comment Revealing that someone else is gay — counterpart to “come out”
outed isn't specific to revealing sexual preference. It's often used that way and has that connotation in many contexts, but it can refer to the revelation of any secret identity. For example: J.K. Rowling was recently outed as the author of _Cuckoo's Calling_. (I'm not disagreeing with p.s.w.g here, just trying to clarify.)
Jun
20
comment Is a “doozy” a good or bad thing?
Wiktionary seems to rely on World Wide Words:Doozy for this information. IMO, it's silly to discount the influence of Duesenberg automobiles, too. The Duesenberg name may not have been the genesis of the term doozy, but the Duesie nickname may have reinforced the meaning and made the term even more common. It's been quite a while since I read it, but I think I remember a reference to Duesenberg as a source for doozy in The Great Cars.
Jan
26
comment Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?
@Lynn Depends on context. I'm sure you've heard six figure salary or that a jury awarded damages reaching well into nine figures. But yeah, agree that we'd never talk about a two figure number here in the US.
Dec
1
comment Reflexive love: where does “love me some …” come from?
@FumbleFingers I don't think this is a dupe of the linked question at all. This Q relates to a particular construction whereas the linked Q is about something else entirely. They do both deal with personal pronouns, but they're not the same question.
Dec
1
comment Reflexive love: where does “love me some …” come from?
Great answer -- thanks so much!
Nov
30
comment Reflexive love: where does “love me some …” come from?
Seems to make more sense with get; nobody would question I'm going to get myself some dinner, and it's easy to see me being substituted for myself.
Aug
19
comment Word for someone who collects dice
@tchrist It's meant to be a humorous term, but I didn't offer this answer simply as a joke. The set of amusing answer and the set of "real" answers do occasionally intersect.
Aug
19
comment Word for someone who collects dice
@tchrist Mine may not be the answer, but it's certainly an answer. The OP doesn't specify the context, and a tongue-in-cheek term may be helpful, if not to the OP then perhaps to a future reader. The question asks for a term, and I offered one. I'm not asking for clarification -- I don't understand why you think this should be a comment.
Aug
8
comment Is “They all had 15 minutes waits” grammatically correct?
@Luke There are a lot of English speakers out there, and they don't all play by the same rules. Perhaps there are regions where 15 minutes waits is acceptable or even the norm. That said, I believe the phrase would be considered ungrammatical according to the normal rules of American English.
Aug
8
comment words pronounced with their letters reversed
@tchrist Surely the most widely-known Favre is Brett Favre, the "NFL's All-Time Winningest Quarterback." Clearly, though, the pronunciation of his name is an exception.
Aug
8
comment words pronounced with their letters reversed
@tchrist When you write them that way, they're not pronounceable at all! ;-) I take your point about syllabic consonants, and I think it's basically the right answer, but to us non-linguists it does seem like the letters are inverted.
Aug
8
comment words pronounced with their letters reversed
I think you're wrong on Favre -- it's always pronounced by sports commentators with the r before the v: Farve. I noted some other examples in my comment on the question. The OP's examples aren't good ones, but there are some words where letters seem to be pronounced out of order.
Aug
8
comment words pronounced with their letters reversed
The best example I can think of is iron, which is usually pronounced (at least in the US) as though it were spelled iorn. Another is choir, which is pronounced kwy-or, i.e. with the i before the or.
Aug
7
comment “In orbit” vs. “on orbit”
+1 Excellent description. You could make it even better, though, by including a reference.
Aug
7
comment Is “They all had 15 minutes waits” grammatically correct?
@PeterShor Sometimes we say in 15 minutes' time, i.e. "in the time of 15 minutes." In that case, minutes is a noun. waits of 15 minutes duration seems like an attempt at the same sort of formation, so perhaps minutes should possessive there, but duration is redundant. I'd suggest 15 minutes' wait or wait of 15 minutes instead.
Aug
7
comment Is “They all had 15 minutes waits” grammatically correct?
Added hyphens. I don't know if it's incorrect to leave them out, but it's certainly not incorrect to put them in. I was just thinking more about the words.
Jul
19
comment Is there a different understanding of “rubber” in British and American English?
As an American, I haven't heard anyone use "rubber" for "condom" in twenty years. I expect that many Americans would understand it in context, but for most of us I think "condom" is nearly as far down the list of possible definitions of "rubber" as "eraser" would be.