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"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so." (Sherlock Holmes)

I sometimes enjoy embedding puns and subtle self-references into many of my answers and comments.

Remember, context is everything.

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comment Would a professor write a bad letter of recommendation?
I think you nailed it. Just a guess on my part, but I wouldn't be surprised if the O.P.'s revelation ("I was the supervisor of my capstone project which was also an A") is the first-hand knowledge that is coming into play here.
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comment Discouraged from giving A's, but students are doing excellent work, what can a professor do?
Interesting points. I keep a spreadsheet that gets a new row added every semester, showing the class size, and numbers of A's, B's, C's awarded. I once had a section with 8 students, and I gave out 7 A's. That was a bit of an anomaly – I just happened to get 7 bright, talented, hard-working students in my class that term. I suppose if that sort of thing happened semester after semester, one might allege that my standards aren't high enough, but my data shows that isn't the case.
3h
answered Opposite of "well understood"
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comment I can't, I won't and I don't want
Good answer. Other options would be: I don't want to, but I will, or: I want to, but I can't. For the character in the movie, though, it's I don't wan't to, and I won't.
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comment A more polite way of saying "the world is going to sh--"
I like your last suggestion, but some learners might want some more background information on it. This page has some pretty interesting information about the idiom gone to pot.
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comment The difference between 'extra chair' and 'spare chair'
I think your friend was overthinking it. I don't see any need to "correct" extra chair.
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comment Do you native speakers pronounce "don't ask" as /doʊnæsk/?
Your question reminds me of this song. (Yes, don't ask often gets a "silent t".)
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answered When to use "bum someone out"
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comment Expression for when the sea is not calm?
@ManuelH - I grew up in a coastal town. While it's true that a flowing tide can roughen the waves, it's still possible to have relatively calm waters even just before a high tide. If you simply talk about the tide, most will assume you're talking about how high the water is at the beach, not about whether the waters are calm or rough.
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awarded Nice Answer
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answered What to use, price quote or quotation?
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answered Usage of "for the taking"
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comment Usage of "for the taking"
As an aside, I think very confused would read better than highly confused.
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revised Usage of "for the taking"
Fixed spacing around punctuation: there should be NO space between quote marks and words inside the quotes, and NO space before a comma or period
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comment enabled somebody to do - enabled it to do?
A few of those uses of it look like they should say us. If you don't want to use us in a scientific text, what about just saying who "us" is? For example: enables the team of scientists to..., enabled the organization to..., enabling researchers to..., etc. As for the last one: would have enabled the trees to be nursed for another year seems like a better way to say it.
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revised enabled somebody to do - enabled it to do?
added "somebody" for sb in title for clarity
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comment Is "I will get understood" a valid way to say that someone is going to be able to understand you?
It's not exactly wrong, but it's not exactly right, either. Perhaps the best way to explain it might be: "get understood" isn't idiomatic.
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comment Can we make the "learning" tag a more useful tag?
Cool. Now comes the hard part – figuring out what it should say :-) (and how it differs from the mnemonic tag).
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answered The aircraft can carry missiles
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comment Expression for when the sea is not calm?
This is all true, although sometimes a rough sea will be rougher when the tide is coming in, and not quite as rough when the tide is going out. One other word that came to my mind was raging sea (although raging is more likely to be seen in a literary or poetic context, I think).
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