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Jun
29
answered Hyphenating spelled-out fractions with large numerators and/or denominators
Jun
29
comment What does “double-down” mean when used in a context other than Blackjack?
I mean, I think you've defined double down incorrectly. I agree that chasing your bet would be a better term.
Jun
29
comment What does “double-down” mean when used in a context other than Blackjack?
You can only double down on your first card, and you can do it for any hand, not just after a failed bet.
Jun
29
revised What does “double-down” mean when used in a context other than Blackjack?
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Jun
29
answered What does “double-down” mean when used in a context other than Blackjack?
Jun
29
revised What does “double-down” mean when used in a context other than Blackjack?
Fixed spelling, hyphenated, reorganized title
Jun
29
answered Where did the expression “to up the ante” come from?
Jun
29
comment Why does the ending -ough have six pronunciations?
According to Wikipedia, there are at least six pronunciations in North American English and ten in British English. This same article says that almost every combination originally had the same pronunciation, but then the words evolved. Bet one of our linguists will have a good story about this one.
Jun
28
comment Why “themselves” and “himself”
I had never made this connection. You totally blew my mind today, thanks.
Jun
28
comment Why “themselves” and “himself”
Wouldn't it be "usselves" instead of "ourselves" too, or am I mistaken?
Jun
28
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Jun
28
comment Attorney at law, is there any other kind?
Someone had posted an answer with "at law" versus "at equity," but it is gone. Could whoever posted it let me know if it was inaccurate?
Jun
28
comment “Pretty please with sugar on top”
How much do you want to bet that the sugar on top is to make it sweeter?
Jun
28
comment Why does the common meaning of “impertinent” have nothing to do with “pertinent”?
I found your revised question really interesting. I learned something new today. Thanks!
Jun
28
comment Why does the common meaning of “impertinent” have nothing to do with “pertinent”?
@Fumble If you want to dispute @kiamlaluno, why don't you post your own answer? Then you will have more room to discuss it.
Jun
28
answered Why does the common meaning of “impertinent” have nothing to do with “pertinent”?
Jun
27
comment Attorney at law, is there any other kind?
Oh, I see. So the "at law" means that they have a law degree, do you suppose? And "in fact" means they may or may not have a law degree?
Jun
27
asked Attorney at law, is there any other kind?
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of the phrase a “hung jury”?
I think you're on the right track, and "hung" along the lines of "suspended" is probably where to look.
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
@Unreason Well, then. There's still hope for it! Thanks.