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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. :)
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answered “On/at/for/over the weekend” in American English
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answered An idiom meaning “failure is not the end”
May
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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
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comment Is “all total” grammatically correct?
The Eggcorn Database recognizes this as a known eggcorn: eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/559/total
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comment Is “well-connected” correct here?
Good choices, but in both the question and the answer the double usage of "family" bothers me. I'd prefer, "The James family was prominent and very influential in the community..." or something similar.
Feb
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comment What is the word(s) for someone who is very particular about the small details of something?
@ArmenTsirunyan It's not showing up in my version of Google Chrome (v17.0.963.56 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard).
Feb
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comment What do you call a person who is regionally biased?
+1 I think both chauvinist and xenophobe are good answers, with chauvinism including a strong pride in one's country (easily extendible to region), where as xenophobia emphasizes more of a hatred for outsiders.
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comment How to say one has been accepted directly at a competitive examination?
@MattiSG: Not necessarily. There are merit-based scholarships and need-based scholarships. Merit-based scholar ships often include perks (e.g., exclusive study lounge) in addition to the financial support.
Dec
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comment What is the difference between optimal and optimum?
Maybe it's just my engineering background, but I'm an American and optimal seems quite common to me. As others have suggested, my experience is that common usage is for optimal when an adjective is desired and optimum when a noun is desired. Although optimum can also be used as an adjective, I find that this is an infrequent usage.
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comment Alternative to “Merry Christmas”
@Jay: You appear to be taking this very personally. Re-read what I wrote. You seem to be reading it very selectively. I never said what you think I said, specifically "that one should use this greeting to be 'non-offensive'". What I said is that one reason people do use it (not that they should) is because there are people on both sides of the issue who are sensitive. FWIW, if I knew you personally, I would wish you a Merry Christmas, because I have no desire to offend anyone.
Dec
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comment Alternative to “Merry Christmas”
@Daniel: In the US, you would have to be living under a rock not to be aware that many people think that secularists have been trying to de-Christanize Christmas for a long time. I personally think it's much more complicated than that (e.g., was the introduction of Santa the beginning of this process?), but more importantly, by making such an assumption, you basically end up with a "Bah, humbug" squared. Please, let's just take greetings at face value and not look for reasons to be offended. Otherwise, I risk offending some people by saying "Merry Christmas" and others by not.
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comment Alternative to “Merry Christmas”
There are multiple reasons that people say "Happy Holidays". One of those reasons is to be as non-offensive as possible (a lighter version of your "refuse to acknowledge Christmas"). However, there are plenty of other reasons. To assume that you know the reason that the person greeting you is saying "Happy Holidays" is to be presumptuous. To take offense at it is to have a very thin skin, the very thing that many defenders of "Merry Christmas" say about those who get offended by that phrase. Personally, I find either phrase perfectly adequate.
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comment Meaning and usage of “be of”
Also, one can "be of sound mind".
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answered How to express that one is making the conversation long for fun
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