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Is there a name for the truncated bedspread that some hotels put on the bottom 25% or so of the bed?

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13 answers
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Is there a word for someone who is a regular computer user but not an expert?

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3 answers
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Tennis: When and where did 30-all (and 15-all) start transitioning to the counterintuitive 30-up (and 15-up)?

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Is there an alternative term for "boyfriend" when talking about an elderly man? [duplicate]

8 votes
2 answers
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What is the origin of "bunfight", and how has the term evolved?

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What does "Inahent the coonter she's no' near sic a nochtie, shilpit, wee thingie" mean?

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What does "snug" mean in Edinburgh- Realtor-Speak?

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Is the solution of the Maine Legislature to the Oxford Comma Case.....clunky?

6 votes
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What is the origin of the phrase "What, me worry"? (It isn't Mad Magazine!)

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Is there a technical or semi-technical expression for occasionally misreading words?

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Is there a phrase for the generation that is taking care of three generations of family members?

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How did the term "bolshie" come to be applied to birds?

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Are there suffixes akin to -phobe and -phile that are less extreme in meaning?

4 votes
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"He could do X for England". Are there similar expressions in other parts of the English-speaking world to this derogatory sentence?

3 votes
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188 views

Is there a term among heavy computer users for a cat who treads on the keyboard to highly deleterious effect?

3 votes
1 answer
285 views

Is there a word, phrase or expression similar in meaning to sophistry, but with a much greater implication of utter lack of morality?

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Is there a gray area between scrumping and foraging?

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1 answer
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Is there a more common and not humorous word for pedipulate?

2 votes
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568 views

Is there a concise English translation of the Russian word and concept samochuvstvie?

2 votes
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In British English, when speaking of, or to medical doctors, when does Mr denote a higher rank than Dr? [duplicate]

2 votes
4 answers
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Are there other well-known examples of the type "Illigitimi non carborundum"?

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Is there a gender neutral phrase or expression to replace "old woman"?

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What is the word or phrase for a statement of the kind: "x is because of y" when y is simply a restatement of x?

1 vote
1 answer
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Artisanal whaling!? When did the use of artisanal start being used for activities not involving making fine products?

1 vote
1 answer
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Strange usage of "reverently" -- can it be defended?

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Is the construction "to try and [verb]" now considered standard, as in "to try and explain......"? [duplicate]

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What word is "inexplicable" posing as in this sentence?

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What are the requirements for a word to have an etymology?

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Please translate to American English from the British the following: OH **UK!

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Can we tell when a distinction (e.g., infer vs imply) is likely to be lost? [closed]