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Jan
28
comment Is it a good practice to refer to countries, ships etc using the feminine form?
@MarcusJ: It doesn't necessarily justify it, but ships are still often referred to using feminine pronouns, especially by the Royal Navy. It often makes sense to adjust your language for your audience.
Jan
28
comment Is it a good practice to refer to countries, ships etc using the feminine form?
Pendant? Pedant. (Sorry.)
Jan
25
comment Looking for the source of “SJO” or “South Jersey Original”?
@HarrySweeney: Please can you give an example of it used in context? I can't find anything online.
Jan
25
comment Etymology for “loganamnosis”
@BrianHitchcock: No, it's not a+ but ana+, from ana + mimneskein, back + to remember. EtymOnline says: "recollection, remembrance," 1650s, from Greek anamnesis "a calling to mind, remembrance," noun of action from stem of anamimneskein "to remember, to remind (someone) of (something), make mention of," from ana "back" (see ana-) + mimneskesthai "to recall, cause to remember" (see amnesia).
Jan
23
revised Etymology for “loganamnosis”
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Jan
23
answered Etymology for “loganamnosis”
Jan
21
awarded  Famous Question
Jan
12
revised What is the origin of the slang term “book” meaning “leave” or “hurry”?
Formatting, and link to the passage in the book
Jan
7
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
7
accepted What does “fleek” mean and when was it first used?
Jan
5
comment What does “fleek” mean and when was it first used?
@SvenYargs: Thanks, this has been reopened. Looking forward to your answer!
Jan
5
revised What does “fleek” mean and when was it first used?
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Jan
5
comment What does “fleek” mean and when was it first used?
Based on the wide usage, I think "fleek" does have a specific etymology and isn't a random sound "invented" everyday. It's certainly got something going for it -- this question has been viewed nearly 3,000 times in three weeks. I think this can be answered using facts, references, or specific expertise.
Jan
5
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
4
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
1
comment Where and when did “Bucket List” come to mean what it does today?
I really doubt the modern meaning of "things to do before you die" has anything to do with direct access data structures for efficiently selecting polygons. Their names are coincidental.
Jan
1
comment Where and when did “Bucket List” come to mean what it does today?
The original page may be from 1999, but that "bucket list" link isn't. It's not there in the earliest, 2008 page on the Internet Archive, which is after the 2007 film came out. It was added sometime between 9th and 25th Sepember 2009.
Dec
31
accepted Is Father Christmas unwelcome in the United States?
Dec
28
answered Origin of the phrase “social justice warrior”
Dec
28
comment What’s the verb for discontinuing a call on a mobile phone?
@tchrist Some people in America do call it a mobile, I know because they wrongly pronounce it as "mo-bul" and not "mo-bile" :)