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What sparked the figurative usage of “short fuse” in the 1960s?

As others have pointed out, the phrase existed before then. The analogy is to a bomb (as the angry person will "blow up" when his patience is exhausted. The early 1960s, though, was early-...
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Translating "wessen-dessen" sentences

Most of the other options come across as rather stilted, and really betray the fact that they were translated from a different language. If you want to maintain the structure of the original, the ...
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Translating "wessen-dessen" sentences

My beer, my rules. In English, beer drinkers are assumed to be down to Earth. So we need something pithy and unrefined. If you're looking for a pattern, to make it easier to express wessen - dessen ...
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Translating "wessen-dessen" sentences

You might want to render this saying by using an existing English one, such as the following. Who keeps company with the wolf, will learn to howl. If you want a literal translation, the first option ...
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Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

You could use "at that time" or "at that moment" .... The first time I worked with the Internet was about 30 years ago. I was curious enough to care about something which was, at ...
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What sparked the figurative usage of “short fuse” in the 1960s?

This is an interesting question because it has not only a semantic component, but also a historical one. There is a highly significant extract from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory ...
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Is "thank you so much" equal to "thank you" nowadays?

This can be a regional and even a micro-regional preference. There is a small town near mine, containing many alternative lifestyle people -- and a lot of ordinary people too -- and I always know if ...
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Translating "wessen-dessen" sentences

The rather uncommon Whosever rather than whose might help the wessen clause and rearranging the sentence helps with dessen to avoid the Germanic pattern of ending with a verb: Whosever beer you drink,...
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Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

back in the day Back in the day is an American idiom used to refer to an earlier time, especially one the speaker remembers fondly. Grammarist However, the idiomatic expresson is usually seen ...
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What is a "dash-one"?

The -1 is more often than not the flight manual, the actual operations manual of an aircraft that you’re wanting to fly. –2, -3, –4 are various support manuals, maintenance manuals and such. Often ...
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