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Literature -> Computer Science -> Chemistry -> Linguistics student. Don't ask.
Currently a research analyst in compliance for a large corporation.

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Jul
1
comment Can we authenticate the claim that “grungy” was used to mean “envious or jealous” in 1920s slang?
Not much in the n-gram viewer.
Jun
24
comment “More acrid than” but “stupider than” Why is that?
@tchrist I'll cite my source when I am able to later, this was taken from my textbook from the course Morphology & Syntax of the English Language.
Jun
18
comment How to understand this “I not only” structure
@ColinFine Just, in this scenario, works when used with the meaning of only, and requires a subordinate clause. I not quite understand [x] is something I hear not too infrequently, but I suppose it could be a bastardization of I do not quite understand.
Jun
17
comment A word or phrase for “The problem solved itself”
I think here the best response would just be "problem cannot be replicated."
Jun
17
comment How to understand this “I not only” structure
@ColinFine It works with just and quite, too, off the top of my head. Perhaps there is some constraint where it only works with quantitative adverbs? I want to say monosyllabic as well, but only defies that.
Jun
17
comment How to understand this “I not only” structure
@ColinFine It's a logical negation of only... there's nothing anomalous about this construct. As well, the question isn't about that, it's about explaining what's going on.
Jun
17
comment Synonym for man-made, but not by man
Fixed, added a definition with a link
Jun
16
comment Why don't Americans have British accents?
Consider migrating to the Linguistics stack exchange.
Jun
10
comment Business English Semantic Shift of “Abreast”
In the second example you give, 'for' is not linked to 'abreast' in the same sense as the first example.
Jun
10
comment Non-preemptive? Non-pre-emptive? Emptive?
If it isn't preemptive, it's reactive
Jun
10
comment What is the etymology of “giving [it] the old college try”?
References or sources?
Jun
10
comment Business English Semantic Shift of “Abreast”
But wouldn't keep abreast of a situation be the opposite action of wait for a response?
Jun
10
comment What are these types of sentences called, and am I missing any?
I ought to have had been wanting to have had been eating a taco.
Jun
9
comment Initials representing a letter instead of a word
I know, but that was a great episode.
Jun
9
comment Is “Not to generalize or anything” an idiomatic parenthesis?
Not to x or anything is just something you say before you're about to do exactly that. For instance, Not to be rude or anything, but [insert rude comment].
Jun
9
comment Initials representing a letter instead of a word
Kind of like Homer J. Simpson --> Homer Jay Simpson.
Jun
6
comment Plural of “Hypothesis”
Yep, I should have noted that in my answer (and will edit accordingly, although my phonetic transcription is a bit different than yours, as is to be expected)
Jun
2
comment Has a dead metaphor ceased to be a metaphor?
It's beautiful that for discussion of outmoded metaphors, they are described as metaphorically dead.
May
30
comment Is there an original etymology for “Xenomorph” outside of the origin in the movies?
I didn't have time to find the full etymology, but I did find an example from 1869, which I am fairly certain predates the movie, but I am not a film buff so don't quote me on that.
May
30
comment A word or idiom for something that is real but appears fake
+1 for Surreal. This is exactly the sense in which I use the word.