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A reference librarian with experience in academic and public libraries.


Nov
20
answered Should a semicolon precede an adverb that does not separate two independent clauses?
Sep
24
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Apr
20
comment Word for “the process of becoming a taboo”
"tabuisieren" is the German word.
Apr
20
answered Word for “the process of becoming a taboo”
Apr
20
comment What’s the meaning of “hit him round the head”?
I'd also argue that "hit" does not mean once when paired with "around the head". Breaking down phrases into their disparate parts does not always lead to comprehension. That's the point of idioms.
Apr
20
comment What’s the meaning of “hit him round the head”?
I'm wondering if "about" is a term that would help explain the "round" usage. You can "hit him about his head" just as much as you can "hit him round the head". And then you get "round about" as a specific thing in British English.
Apr
20
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Apr
20
comment What's the etymology of “when the shit hits the fan”?
You're not a father, are you?