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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.


Never make the mistake of thinking that a tiny preposition has only one meaning.

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comment Differences between "would" and "used to" when we are talking about habit
I agree with your rephrasings. I also think that first meaning is what the O.P. probably wants to express. The use of would to mean wanted to sounds a bit archaic and I would not recommend using it that way in day-to-day speech.
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revised Differences between "would" and "used to" when we are talking about habit
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comment What does the phrase "Richard of York gave battle in vain" have to do with a rainbow?
@jamesqf - I can't answer your "when exactly" question, but it's worth pointing out that Sir Roy gets his own Wikipedia page, so the reference can't be too obscure. Incidentally, the first time I saw the name Roy G. Biv was in a physics course, in a unit on spectrometry. The fellow to my left was half my age but surprised I had never seen or heard it before.
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comment What does the phrase "Richard of York gave battle in vain" have to do with a rainbow?
@Araucaria - So I suppose you're saying that the mnemonic isn't just designed to jog the memory on the names of the four directions, but to start at the top of the compass and go in a clockwise direction, thus putting each of them in their proper positions. Ah, that makes more sense. As for the pi mnemonic, I always liked "See, I have a rhyme assisting my feeble brain..." (more samples found here).
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revised Is there a polite, formal way to say "sh!t happens"?
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comment Is there a word to describe "see wrongly"?
This question was closed as a duplicate, but I want to emphasize that this was not a punitive action. This is a good question, and you did a great job writing it!
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asked Grading term papers and reports written by non-native speakers
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revised What's the valid term for a "base" for plants?
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comment A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?
A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is a king ;^)
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comment What's the valid term for a "base" for plants?
@DJ - I think the O.P. is referring to this. (Please, emilos, correct me if I'm wrong.)
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comment How detailed should my review of a very poorly-written manuscript be?
One way the O.P. could deal with this issue is to include several comments on the writing for just a couple of paragraphs, and then include an extra note saying something to the effect of, "Writing shortcomings such as these plague this entire paper." That way, the author gets some tangible feedback, but the reviewer doesn't have the onus of correcting the whole work.
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comment Differences between "would" and "used to" when we are talking about habit
+1 - I'm not that fond of, "I would play football when I was a child," but I have no problem with, "When I was a child, I would play football whenever the weather was nice."
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revised What does "feedback vendors" mean?
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comment What's the valid term for a "base" for plants?
Are you talking about *grafting*, or something else?
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comment Need help solving these analogies
@vijay - On the Stack Exchange, "homework" can be used as a general term, meaning "the kind of problems or questions one could expect to see on a test or in a homework assignment." Such please-tell-me-the-answer questions are not well-suited for this site.
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comment Is it correct to ask about the profession of a group of persons with "What are they?"
@Minnow - Or, "What do they do for a living?" (at least, that works in the U.S.). I agree about the ambiguity in "What are they?" What are they? They are Presbyterians. They are Democrats. They are very funny guys.
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comment Does 'lure' have a negative connotation
I agree – a better word would probably be attract.
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comment Does 'lure' have a negative connotation
This question is fine here, but seeing that you're new to the Stack Exchange, and you've mentioned "native speaker," I thought you might appreciate a pointer to our site for [ell.se].
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answered Is "Call me when you are available to talk" correct?
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