Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now
2016
Aug
17
awarded  Yearling
Aug
16
awarded  Caucus
Aug
7
comment Is there a word to describe the ‘reign’ of an earl or other member of the nobility?
Just say "During the lifetime of the second earl". It's obvious from context you mean that he was responsible. And he's the earl right up until he dies. You could be more explicit, "After his father died, the second earl..."
May
26
awarded  Popular Question
2014
Aug
29
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
28
comment Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?
The removed material is stored in the Elision Fields.
Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
2013
Dec
18
comment One word for Christmas?
Unfortunately if you forget the second n in annus it becomes the happy anticipation of someone tearing you a new one during the holidays.
Oct
15
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
11
comment Can “how not” stand for “of course”?
If you say, "I went to the spa, chatted with Ann, and then took a bath," you describe a sequence of events. Adding "naturally" emphasizes the motivation for the bath, and now it's ambiguous whether it's because you went to the spa or specifically because you chatted with Ann (implying she makes you feel dirty, or aroused enough to take a cold bath, or because she always suggests you take a bath...)
Jan
17
comment “The proverbial wedding ring”?
To restate your last paragraph: The author is hanging the proverbial lampshade on it.
2012
Oct
19
comment “Left” and “right” are to “side” as “front” and “rear” are to what?
@MathewFoscarini: That would be the forebumper or the afterbumper of course.
Jul
31
answered T-V distinction
Jul
21
awarded  Critic
Mar
20
awarded  Commentator
Mar
20
comment Is “Please to” proper English?
+1 because a sentence staring with "Please to" immediately makes me assume an Indian wrote it.
Jan
12
comment Is there a word for someone with the same name?
So we'd be homonymonous?
Jan
2
comment What does humor-challenged mean?
How did this answer get so far without citing "political correctness"?
2011
Jul
26
accepted What does “of a kind” mean?
Jul
25
asked What does “of a kind” mean?