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Apr
28
comment Synonym request: “paint into a corner”
This answer is wrong/inaccurate. "Burning bridges" have a completely different meaning than "painting oneself to a corner". "burning bridges" doesn't merely imply "will" but explicitly indicates it. Cutoff the way back to where you came from, making it impossible to retreat, is done on purpose.
Apr
26
comment What does “too on the nose” mean?
Related: slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/11/…
Apr
23
comment Word for partner you are living with but not married to
@Brendon, "SO" is also used for "significant other" when 6 syllables is too long.
Apr
23
comment Ambiguous (and maybe euphemistic) word or phrase for romantic partner
@tog22, Instead of using "friend" which suggests "just a friend", you can instead opt for equivocation to keep the possibility open.
Apr
23
comment Ambiguous (and maybe euphemistic) word or phrase for romantic partner
@TimRomano, So is the word "a ffable" ambiguous or euphemistic or both?
Apr
23
comment How to pronounce GUID
@Mitch , ? How do you try not to pronounce it in a speech?
Apr
23
comment How to pronounce GUID
@user1951, The accuracy of Wikipedia can be either very good or very bad. Always click on the WP talk page to see relevant discussion.
Apr
23
comment How to pronounce GUID
@HotLicks, I pronounce it as "Goood"; or "Good" when lazy.
Apr
19
comment Is “would” the past future tense of “will” or just a modal verb?
There's a thread elaborating on the politeness level of each construction: englishtips.quora.com/If-+-Would-vs-Will-vs-Would-Have
Apr
14
comment Can I “wear an umbrella”?
He meant in typical parlance do a significant amount of people (say >5% of population) say that.
Apr
14
comment Can I “wear an umbrella”?
@earthmeLon, Actually that doesn't make it any better. It's just as weird to use "don" for umbrellas.
Apr
13
comment Is there a technical term for what creationists call “macroevolution”?
There's a meta thread on this: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/1479/…
Apr
6
comment Word for partner you are living with but not married to
@dmckee, Is there a specific term for the opposite of a "common-law spouse"? E.g. "non-common-law spouse".. or "normal legal spouse".
Apr
5
comment Correct usage of “will be” vs. “will”
Do you have a source or citation for this?
Apr
5
comment Correct usage of “will be” vs. “will”
Hmm, "It will rain all day." sounds grammatical... is there a citation or source for its invalidness?
Apr
5
comment Correct usage of “will be” vs. “will”
@FumbleFingers, Hmm, both "You will regret it." and "You will be regretting it." sound perfectly grammatical.... is there a source or citation for the ungrammaticality of the latter?
Apr
5
comment “Will be doing” vs. “will do”
Please demonstrate the distinction. And are you talking about Tursagen's distinction or Monica's distinction?
Apr
5
comment “Will be doing” vs. “will do”
@Monica, So who is right? Doesn't this contradict Thursagen's answer? Do you have sources for this?
Apr
5
comment “Will be doing” vs. “will do”
@Thursagen, Hmm, what about "I will be being good"? Grammatical?
Apr
3
comment Use of capitals and full stops in bullet points
@Lynn, Btw this answer could be improved by explicitly clarifying that the Chicago Manual of Style is but just one of the many styles in the publishing industry. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of official styles out there.