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Are all crafts that travel on water considered "boats," even barges, yachts, canoes, rafts, etc? Are all motor vehicles considered "automobiles," even trucks, semis, and motorcycles?
asked Apr 9 '11 by xdumaine
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In the film The Book of Eli, the world is in state of disarray, with no government, weak or non-existent town and family structures, and widespread hunger, poverty, and regressed technologies. Is this …
asked May 24 '11 by xdumaine
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Are these two words interchangeable in most usages? My specific example is: It smells bad in this [quarter/quadrant] of the building this morning. Could both words be used correctly in this sentence; would they have the same meaning? …
asked Jul 13 '12 by xdumaine
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Reference.com puts this at early 1800 slang. In addition to "cheated," it can also mean "used" or "deceived." It could, then, mean "had [his or her] way with." So to say "I've been had," means "someon …
answered Feb 18 '13 by xdumaine
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Does the phrase "to err on the side of ...," specifically "err on the side of caution," indicate that it is wrong to be "on the side of," the object? "Err" makes me think of "error," and is such the …
asked Mar 24 '11 by xdumaine