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Feb
19
answered What's the hypercorrect way to phrase a sentence with two 'for's in a row?
Feb
9
answered What idioms can describe a tough or difficult thing (such as a test)?
Feb
9
comment Historical or literary examples of misguided or botched attempts to help that end up causing harm
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Feb
3
comment Reason for different pronunciations of “lieutenant”
In French it pronounced differently again. It is something like lee-yurt-no.
Jan
23
comment Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?
An analogue digital device is oxymoronic.
Jan
19
comment “Would prefer to do something ” vs. “would prefer doing something”
@Kris, yes there is: I'd prefer strawberry to chocolate. It's the same shape as Cheiloproclitic's sentence: I'd prefer walking to driving.
Jan
19
comment “Would prefer to do something ” vs. “would prefer doing something”
@Kris, I would prefer strawberry to chocolate. That sounds grammatical to me.
Jan
19
comment “Would prefer to do something ” vs. “would prefer doing something”
It's not clear to me what the question is.
Jan
12
comment Is there a word describing the first number in a multiplication?
I have a degree in mathematics, and I've never heard of one factor being called the multiplier and the other the multiplicand. It seems like pointless terminology to me since the order of multiplication doesn't matter here. Worse, it is ambiguous since both factors could be called multipliers or multiplicands.
Jan
6
comment Politically correct way to refer to a French individual
He is un Français. She is une Française.
Jan
6
comment What is the proper term for placeholder messages?
Yes. Or user messages.
Aug
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
9
answered Adjective or Noun for Describing a Written Entity Devoid of Meaning
Jul
7
comment Mandatory to NOT something
"Strongly discouraged" is good to.
Jul
7
comment What does “Clearasil-scented grammatical sloth” in casual American speech mean?
I would add that clearasil-scented contains a note of condescension or dismissiveness towards the young people in question simply (and the article suggests, unfairly) due to the fact that they are young.
Jul
7
suggested rejected edit on What does “Clearasil-scented grammatical sloth” in casual American speech mean?
Jul
6
comment Words to address young (male) people with?
A stud is a horse that is kept for breeding or a man who is proficient sexually, one who gets the ladies. Calling a stranger stud would put a weird sexual spin on things if you ask me. I would suggest stud muffin instead. (Just kidding with that last bit.)
Jul
6
revised What is the meaning of the pejorative form of “gay”?
Added quotes from the dictionaries.
Jul
6
comment A proper closing expression for informal email
@brasshat, yes, the expression to use is "up-arrow, up-arrow, up-arrow, ..." and then start typing your message :)
Jul
6
revised Meaning of “Cheeky” in Australian Aboriginal English
Added additional reference.