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answered What does “I don't suffer from insanity” mean?
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comment What is the precise meaning of “preliminary to”?
@CommaToast - Perhaps not "was" (past tense), but "is" makes perfect sense. That's informing you what tends to (or must) happen before event B.
Aug
29
answered What is the precise meaning of “preliminary to”?
Aug
25
comment Idiom for the effect that money from funding is easier to spend, as opposed to one's own savings
I really liked that movie. The 6 rating on IMDB shows most agree with you though. :-(
Aug
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comment Idiom for the effect that money from funding is easier to spend, as opposed to one's own savings
Added a link to help show that this is indeed A Thing, and in fact means just what the OQ was asking about. FWIW, there was a major movie about a leveraged takeover by this name in the 90's.
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comment Best practices to address a person having the same name?
My email use dates back to at least '85 as well (when I started on my CS degree). I was using BBS's and CompuServe before that, both of which had email facilities, but I can't recall making use of them.
Aug
21
comment Best practices to address a person having the same name?
@MartinMcCallion -They aren't the same at all, because letter envelopes tend to get separated from the contents, while email headers cannot. Email and snail mail, due in part to the drastic difference in interactivity, are in fact completely different media. Its a fact that traditionally emails do not have salutations (or "yours" trailing signatures). I can't argue what it "looks like" to you personally, but if individual anecdotes are being used as evidence, I can tell you that to me anything containing one looks like spam (and in my experience almost certainly is).
Aug
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answered Best practices to address a person having the same name?
Aug
11
comment “May” vs. “might”
Ok. I think you've convinced me (and convinced me this is a dup.)
Aug
11
answered “Double Clicking” to mean, going in depth
Aug
11
comment When did Americans begin to use “practice” instead of “practise”?
As Peter mentions, this was quite possibly due to Noah Webster himself, who was into spelling reform, and is single-handedly responsible for a lot of the differences in US/UK spelling.
Aug
11
answered “May” vs. “might”
Aug
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comment Is this meaning of “scurrilous” only known/understood to speakers of American English?
As a US person, I never took it to mean "obscene". More like, "purposely and maliciously incorrect". Looking over Webster, that's the "abuse or slander" part of the definition I guess.
Aug
10
comment What’s the difference between “way” and “road”?
Lol. Its sweet of you dude, but you don't have to thank every comment and answer you get. If you are feeling generous, an upvote is sufficient. :-)
Aug
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answered What’s the difference between “way” and “road”?
Aug
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comment About fantasy species/ race names
A big hint here is that the latter two look a bit like plural Latin nouns (actually, -ei is a singular dative, but when you understand that they came from a planet named Draenor, the dative for a being from that place makes a bit of sense).
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revised What is the best comeback to “how big is your jar file”?
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