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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" :)
Dec
21
comment What’s a “handegg”?
"hatelf" -- hat-elf, not hate-lf!
Dec
21
comment What’s a “handegg”?
Anyway, thanks hatelf!
Dec
21
comment What’s a “handegg”?
I got the hat but don't think any upvoted comments were needed, just a (bit longer?) delay for adjudication.
Dec
21
comment How did the term “X's finest” come to mean the police force of a city X?
@muru: That 1909 mentions "London's finest" right after talking about New York.
Dec
21
comment How did the term “X's finest” come to mean the police force of a city X?
Well, obviously NYPD are the best PD in NY because they're the only one. But you can still compare PDs from different cities in terms of policing abilities. But we shouldn't confuse original meanings with current meanings. What was first meant by X's finest is different to now. Word meanings change all the time. Now people generally mean they're the finest in that city. See also "The bravest" for the FDNY.
Dec
21
comment What’s a “handegg”?
I wonder, is an upvote needed on solstice comments for the hat?
Dec
21
comment What’s a “handegg”?
Happy winter solstice!
Dec
20
comment What’s a “handegg”?
If that doesn't work, then this one may well do.
Dec
20
comment What’s a “handegg”?
If not, then perhaps this one will.
Dec
18
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
How do you define word acceptance? Use? Dictionary definitions?
Dec
17
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
@EdwinAshworth: Wiktionary has it, but also notes it's (chiefly Wiktionary and W[Wiki]M[media]F[Foundation] jargon). They list a number of citations from 2005-2011.
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
I'd never heard it before I saw this (or a similar) image in the past three years.
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
The 1909 is from New York. I'd guess the recent use is a Britishism, or at least a make-fun-of-Americans-ism (or a make-fun-of-an-American-sport-ism.
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
Verified not fake: query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/…
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
Was just about to add that pic to mine :)
Dec
17
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
Texts and tweets, although written down, are mainly ephemeral. They may still exist digitally somewhere, but for many, once they're sent and once they're read, they're gone.
Dec
17
comment Where did the “juices” in “creative juices” come from?
Does it? Is there any evidence to suggest this origin?
Dec
16
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
@TRomano I found the perfect term, see edit!
Dec
16
comment When was “emoji” first used?
@Barmar: Yes, you might be right. The book may be in English, so this is a possible lead to finding something more concrete.