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This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

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I have several times come across the phrase "I hear you" (spoken in response to, e.g., someone relating an experience of theirs), but I haven't been able to figure out whether it signifies a polite im …
asked Jan 5 '12 by Daniel
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I have rarely heard regret used like this, and while it sounds wrong to me, the dictionary doesn't appear to preclude this usage. Dictionary.com: Regret 1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an a …
asked Jul 5 '14 by Daniel
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I have heard of this word as cited to contain the most i's of all English words. I had never heard of it before, but when I copied and pasted it into my email program, lo and behold, the picky spellc …
asked Jun 21 '11 by Daniel
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I’ve read this in older books, and I get the impression that it means “not at all”, but the construction doesn’t make sense. Am I right as to the meaning? And how should I interpret the form …
asked Jul 26 '11 by Daniel
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concept of this first definition. But as an adjective, the meaning of the word becomes completely different: 26. (of things) stylish; elegant: a swell hotel. 27. (of persons) fashionably dressed or …
asked Jun 5 '12 by Daniel
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Why does "used to" mean "accustomed to"? Why is "used to" used to indicate a recurring past event? In I used to be used to using it. there are three meanings of "use". I ask about the etymolog …
asked Jul 4 '11 by Daniel
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It would make sense if both of these sentences were grammatically correct; but is anything different between them meaning-wise? He acted very strange when I told him about the missing amulet …
asked Jul 2 '11 by Daniel
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This has always confused me. Dictionary.com doesn't help at all. Candy and meat just don't go together that well.
asked Aug 26 '11 by Daniel
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Every time I want to use an antonym to "pertinent", I think of "impertinent", which I don't like to use because of its more common meaning. How did "impertinent" come to mean "intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil" (Dictionary.com)? …
asked Jun 28 '11 by Daniel
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The common expression by all means seems to advocate the use of all means possible in order to accomplish a certain object, when in fact it expresses the use of any means to do it. I realize that all …
asked Feb 5 '12 by Daniel
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Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening? …
asked Aug 23 '11 by Daniel
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If jail and prison are (at least nearly) synonymous, why does jailer refer to the captor, and prisoner refer to the captive?
asked Jul 3 '11 by Daniel
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Bill is somewhat of an auto-antonym, since it can mean either a piece of paper which has positive monetary value (i.e. a note), or a piece of paper which has negative monetary value (though it only ap …
asked Oct 17 '11 by Daniel
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Why do we say someone who has read many books is "widely read," or "well-read"? (Though the latter has a hyphen, and it could be called a separate word. Still, it has its etymology.) Why didn't we …
asked Aug 25 '11 by Daniel
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I know shit is generally considered vulgar swearing in any context, while crap (though it's normally used as a swear word) is often used and allowed in decent contexts. How did this happen, since th …
asked Jul 3 '14 by Daniel

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