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Thrilla with Vanilla is certainly a play on words based on the Ali-Frazier Thrilla in Manilla which followed the Ali-Foreman Rumble in the Jungle. You have picked up the use by Jonah Goldberg in Nati …
answered May 24 '12 by Henry
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This looks as if it came from an al-Jazeera interview about Gaza (see partial transcript) and it was "booby trap".
answered Apr 1 '11 by Henry
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Carcareal is almost certainly a variant of carceral meaning "like a prison". Both seem fairly rare, and restricted to post-modernist writers such as Michel Foucault. You will find phrases such as …
answered Mar 14 '11 by Henry
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Better to say How can I be of help? or What can I help with? (yes I know there is a preposition at the end), or even more simply How can I help?
answered Feb 15 '11 by Henry
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A member of waiting staff gives a number of a tracking device to the Point-Of-Sale computer system, and leaves the tracking device with the customer. The computer system then uses that number as a id …
answered Dec 4 '15 by Henry
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You have to consider these as items without the watch to understand the meaning. A strap is typically a strip of material for attaching things, and often has a buckle A bracelet is an item of … the fully meaning. Since the meanings can overlap some cases can fall into more than one category. So for example this semi-bangle watch means a watch set on a rigid semi-circle, but with flexible links at the back, with the whole support described as the strap. …
answered Jan 7 '13 by Henry
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It means the negotiator adopted and showed an understanding attitude. Whether this was genuine or not is not indicated by the phrase.
answered Aug 3 by Henry
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Since Gingrich did not use the phrase savings rate, it seems difficult to criticize him for that. However, he was answering a question on the US strucutural deficit (the underlying difference between …
answered Nov 29 '11 by Henry
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It is a neologism suggesting an economy driven by or for the wealthiest (from the Greek ploutos meaning wealth). This suggests it was invented by a Deutsche Bank analyst. This prefers Citigroup. …
answered Apr 27 '11 by Henry
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In your example, both the verb and the noun are weight, while weigh would involve measuring how heavy something or someone is Suppose we have two classes of children, one with 20 children and the oth …
answered Jul 9 '18 by Henry
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Circumvent has the meaning of going around or bypassing; you may still reach your original intended destination. Avoid has the rather more general meaning of not meeting, which might include not going at all. But their meanings overlap. …
answered Sep 28 '11 by Henry
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Probably not, but it depends on context. It is unlikely that anything you say will affect my body's homeostatic ability to maintain its temperature, blood pH levels or blood glucose. If you mean i …
answered Apr 22 '12 by Henry
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The logical form is "Amn't I?", mirroring "Aren't you?" and "Isn't she?". I find it difficult to sound the n in amn't and instead produce a bilabial plosive. Perhaps Pratchett and Esk do too.
answered Feb 13 '12 by Henry
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If you must choose between them then take the latter, "(April Fool)'s day". But in fact there is always more than one April Fool, and 1st April is the day for all of them so April Fools' day …
answered Mar 24 '11 by Henry
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The Farafinna blog explains this There is a saying in West Africa 'Monkey woke, babu eat'. This means that the baboon doesn't do any efforts but is always ready to reap the benefits of the monkey …
answered Oct 23 '11 by Henry

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