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comment Idiom for the effect that money from funding is easier to spend, as opposed to one's own savings
Actually, the term "monopoly money" to refer to numbers indicating real value that you have no personal stake in is fairly common in my experience. A lot of accountants look at it this way.
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comment Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later
A more specific but possibly more common form of this is "Mechanic's Syndrome".
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comment “Cancelled” or “Canceled”?
@JohnY - There's a caveat to the "double on stressed last syllable" rule, that if any form of the root is pronounced with a stressed last syllable, double the last letter for all forms. So, while "programmed" and "programming" are typically pronounced with a stressed first syllable, the word "programmable" is typically pronounced with the stress on "gram", therefore by rule the last letter of the root should be doubled everywhere.
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comment The Road Warrior
Well, in its defense, the original was very low-budget for an action film, even for its day and definitely by today's standards. Mad Max's final budget was in the US$400k range, which would be about $1.3 million in today's dollars. The original theatrical release of Star Wars two years prior cost $11 million, and ten years before that, Planet of the Apes cost $5.8 million and looks very cheap and cheesy today. Fury Road, the latest Mad Max installment opening in May, had a production budget of $150 million, and even that's fairly modest for a summer blockbuster.
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revised Is there English counterpart(s) to Japanese old saying, “Present salt to your enemy.”?
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