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comment What does the suffix “‑fu” mean?
Kung- Fu Panda
5h
comment When did things like ‑fu start to spread?
I don't think it's the show Kungfu that popularized it. More likely IP-Man, The Karate Kid, and Kung-fu Panda.
Jan
24
comment Can I change how to accomplish something once someone says “or something to that effect”?
Why not replace "something to that effect" with "something like that"? Don't they mean the same thing?
Jan
21
comment Origin and exact meaning of the phrase “I have to go see a man about a dog”
What do you mean by "eliminates any lingering uncertainty about whether the hearer is being put off"?
Dec
25
comment What does 'Ibid' mean in reference/footnotes?
So why not just use "ditto"?
Nov
27
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
@thomas, Did you @ the wrong person?
Nov
4
comment Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?
@MilesRout, Because it has not. In this world where language is prescriptive, "nurse" and "policeman" has not achieved 100% non-gendered status and it will take decades before they do (if ever). Correct, that depends on the country; the area to be specific.
Oct
23
comment Is “what’s” a correct short form of “what does”?
@Jez, Quaint? What's so quaint about reducing "what does it mean" to "what's it mean"?
Oct
23
comment Is “what’s” a correct short form of “what does”?
@user43497, It's more likely to be a "does" in his sentence....
Oct
14
comment What does “non-normative” mean in this context?
@ColinFine, Wow, this duplicate has more upvotes then my original.
Oct
14
comment Meaning of 'cf.'
Do you have some sources claiming "in practice cf means 'see also'"? Isn't 'see also' the usage of qv.?
Oct
11
comment Word for “the entire back part of the body”?
So in other words "posterior" is just another word for "back" isn't it?
Oct
11
comment Word for “the entire back part of the body”?
Does the phrase "the posterior of my body" refer to the entire "back part" of the body including the heels, the calfs, the backside, the back, and the back of the neck, and the back of the head? Or does it only refer to the back of my torso?
Oct
7
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
@GreenAsJade, It's not about the balancing, but about the change. It only appears to balance because the story utilizes the exact same characters (to keep reader's attention) instead of switching characters for each new use-case.
Oct
5
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
Up means positive and down means negative. The fable is saying that life has "no ups and downs" because what appears as up may be down and what appears as down may be up. In other words, the fable is saying that everything is equally up and equally down.
Oct
5
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
So what's the opposite of blessing in disguise? "misfortune in disguise"?
Oct
5
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
"Ups and downs" means a totally different thing than what the fable mean. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/199859/…
Oct
5
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
+1, this is much better than Shoe's answer
Oct
5
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
Not a good enough expression. It conveys less than 10% of the meaning conveyed by the actual fable sivers.org/horses
Oct
5
comment What is the English equivalent to the Chinese/Japanese saying, “塞翁失馬— Life is like Old Sai’s horse”?
@Drew, That fable is not talking about "ups and downs". It's more about saying the downs are ups in the future and the ups are downs in the future, in other words, life has "no ups and downs". See sivers.org/horses for more info.