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comment Does “reinventing the wheel” have negative or positive connotation?
@Pacerier: It's called "tongue-in-cheek". The reversal makes it memorable for its vicious cynicism. It's the kind of reversal like instead of "never pour water into acid" you get "if you would rather have a shapeless blob instead of your face, pour water into acid."
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comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
I think the fundamental difference between dilly-dalling and procrastination is that the latter is usually subconscious - you honestly want the work done but you can't overcome your inner resistance. You can dilly-dally consciously avoiding work, but it's not working that is the primary goal, not some covert goal resulting from not having the work done.
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comment Dialogue tags with a mute speaker
@Nick2253: Then a different example: "Yes!" she cheered vs "Yes!" She clapped her hands. It really doesn't denote the sequence of events, it's just that the whole quoted sentence is used as if it was a phrase/word of the tag phrase (or - respectively - not.)
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comment Dialogue tags with a mute speaker
@FumbleFingers: Yes, especially that the character doesn't use sign language in my story, and the substitute methods are wildly varied and sometimes quite cumbersome, affecting flow of the the communication a lot.
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comment Dialogue tags with a mute speaker
@Nick2253: There's a significant punctuation difference. You end the quote with a comma, followed with lowercase for dialogue tags. You end with a full stop and follow with capital letter for actions. "Yes," he said with a snicker. and "Yes." He snickered.
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comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
It's similar, but very overt - no believable pretense of "excusable procrastination"; merely one by the book - taking time allowed by regulations but definitely exceeding time allowed by common sense.
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comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
Like lazy behavior for laziness' sake,..
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comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
Procrastination is not inactivity either; it's just performing substitute, unrelated or unhelpful activities. In this case it's avoidance of the right action, by doing something else to look like you're trying, while not trying for real.
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comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
(I used this alongside with the "stalling tactic"; a crooked lawyer "tossed sand into the works of the investigation" performed by honest police, by planting false clues, bothering the investigators with unrelated requests, contaminating the evidence etc - they had to slow down due to his actions. Here the case is opposite: the honest parties demand action against a criminal and the corrupt police is doing everything in their power not to catch the criminal while still looking like they are doing their best.
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comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
This implies performing a negative action on the side of the affecting party, as opposed to avoiding action or delaying it and implies a critical damage to the plans (the wrench will destroy the mechanism). The counterpart in Polish, is "tossing sand into the works" which is much closer in meaning: the gears are still rolling but with much higher friction, the project's pace drops and the obstruction is not nearly as apparent - unlike the wrench's decisive action, these are minor, covert sabotages hindering but not stopping the progress. But it's still an action, not avoidance of action.
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