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This post is aimed at answering questions 2 and 3. So far, I haven't found any single adjective that seems to have been clearly the first to be used in the metaphorical expression "a(n) [adjective] bone". When I say "goes back to __" in the following sections, it obviously means "goes back to at least __". There might be earlier examples that I haven't ...


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When doing a Google n-gram search for "racist bone" I came across a reference to a November 1967 issue of Jet magazine. It references a quote from Louise Day Hicks, a Boston politician and staunch opponent of school desegregation. Mrs Hicks and her supporters "insist there ain't a racist bone in her ample Irish body."


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I'm not sure how much this qualifies as a complete answer, but here are my current findings: not a lazy bone in his body - 1826 (paywall link) The Morning Post (London, England) 07 Aug 1826 4/1 not a racist bone in [sth] - 1966 (paywall link) The Times (San Mateo, California) 07 Dec 1966 53/4 Not a jealous bone in my body - 1875 (paywall link) The ...


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Are these two expressions (mean bone/racist bone) related to an even earlier "[adjective] bone" that was used in a similar way, or is "mean bone" the first of its kind? This is a partial answer concerning lazy bones. The OED shows a 1593 use of lazy bones: 1593 G. Harvey Pierces Supererogation 185 Was..legierdemane a sloweworme, or Viuacitie a ...


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You're the point person. Merriam-Webster: : point man sense 2 which is 2 : one who is in the forefront especially : a principal spokesman or advocate (example) the point man for the President's economic policy A point person leads an initiative, a task, or something else. That person tends to field inquiries and make decisions about that area ...


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If you mean something that can not be quantified, I would suggest "intangible", as in "One of the intangibles of my position is job satisfaction". As I'm new here, I can't post this as a comment.


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Your usage of 'for' is acceptable as Kate commented. I'm sure the reason you are asking is because it sounds a little clunky. This is what I would do to simplify it. The umbrella section “socioeconomical understanding” was chosen to mediate the understanding of innovation in X industries. The following subsections are intertwined in their individual ...


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