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Jun
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revised Word for winning because the competitors were miraculously all worse
2 /= 3
Jun
19
answered Word for winning because the competitors were miraculously all worse
May
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Oct
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comment What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?
@DoktorJ: see also philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/149/… :)
Oct
20
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
There's also the "police state" which the KGB, etc. refers to.
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Jul
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comment What is “beer money”?
@tchrist: I know that I've heard the term used here in the US, although it's entirely possible it's been by people who imported it from the UK.
May
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Apr
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comment Single word for “personal vocabulary”
@AndrewLeach: Are you suggesting that might makes right? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Might_makes_right for the unaware.)
Sep
23
comment Morbid curiosity about “more better”
I would add that while it is grammatically correct, it is not stylistically correct. This was an important distinction that finally got through to me in my senior year of high school. It's grammatically acceptable to change tenses in the middle of a paragraph, but it is not stylistically acceptable (in most scenarios). Of course, as my caveat suggests, what is stylistically acceptable can be a difficult thing to define, but I don't feel that makes the task an unimportant one. (I should add that I'm arguably not the best person to be telling other people what is stylistically acceptable.)
Aug
11
comment Different conditional clauses — “if you saw”, “if you were to see”, “if you had seen”
@Tiny: As a native English speaker myself, if you replace a lion with the lion the question has changed from one where you're just referring to a generic lion that might or might not exist to a specific lion—perhaps one you yourself had seen and you were wondering what your listener would have done in that situation. The original sentence (with a lion) can stand alone. Change it to the lion and you should've already mentioned the specific lion in a prior sentence.
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May
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comment “On/at/for/over the weekend” in American English
@Monica - as MT_Head said, it's not very common, but if someone said, I'll get that done on the weekend, it would be to distinguish from getting it done during the week. It might take an hour, or it might take the whole weekend. It also might not get done, of course. :)
May
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May
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answered “On/at/for/over the weekend” in American English
May
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answered An idiom meaning “failure is not the end”
May
5
comment The property of something to return to its original state when not being acted upon
+1 for the first paragraph, but it is the interaction of the soup with the pot it is in that causes it to return to its original non-rotating state. Its rotational inertia is acting against this return to a steady state. (On the other hand, its rotational inertia also fought against it leaving its steady state when it was first being stirred.)
May
3
comment Is “all total” grammatically correct?
The Eggcorn Database recognizes this as a known eggcorn: eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/559/total