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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
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
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
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
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" :)
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
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!