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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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reviewed Approve suggested edit on “Pharaoh was thought he was divine”
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comment Meaning of the word "blue" in song lyrics
Just to be clear, my comment yesterday was meant to explain why this question might get closed. So far, it hasn't garnered a single close vote, which is fine with me. But one never knows how the community will react. Because I saw this yesterday right after you posted it, I just wanted to give you a heads-up.
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comment Meaning Of "See" 2
@Brian - This is "meatie being meatie." Look carefully at the opus­; you'll see lots more of the same.
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
It looks like maybe this boils down you interpreting a link as a slap in the face, when in reality such links are meant to be helpful to you and anyone else who might be reading. I don't know what else to say then, except thanks for the by-name reference. :^) Any publicity is good publicity!
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
As another example, I'd urge you to take a look at the comment from @tchrist under this answer of mine. No, there's no link there, but he does reference Rule 2.1.5 on page 30 of Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style – and I'm sure he would have included a link if he could have found one. Far from feeling insulted by the reference, I thanked him for it, and modified my answer accordingly. As the tour page also says, "Remember: we're all here to learn, so be friendly and helpful!"
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
This is a language site. Links to definitions are commonplace here. Many definitions of sulk mention "silence" or "not talking to anyone". Considering how much you've groused the past few hours, one could easily think I've misused the word sulk, so I added a link showing that I was using "stop your sulking" as an idiom. Did you consider that maybe that link wasn't meant for you personally, but for anyone else reading this discussion? In a similar way, a moderator closing a question will often include a link – not to insult the OP, but to justify the closure to the rest of the community.
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
So long as you insist on regarding earnest attempts to help you as rudeness, then, yes, you'll experience a lot of so-called rudeness on this site. Rudeness, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. (Personally, I think remarks like "Please don't tell me what to do..." "For your information..." "Your indiscriminate support..." and "Your comments only help prove my case" are not exactly on the "polite" side of the spectrum.)
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answered Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
RE: so that I and others know to stay away. As that other answer also says: "Just because someone recommends you ask your question at ELL, that doesn't mean they want you to ‘scram’ from ELU. Such recommendations are directed at particular questions, not particular users." You were helped by a mod, you took it as a slight, and you'd be much better off if you stopped your sulking and learned from the experience: if you ask an easily-answerable question, it'll be closed; if you contest the closure, someone might give you a link.
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comment Spelling of one syllable changes pronunciation of another
To piggyback on @John Lawler's point, there are other examples that don't fit the exact pattern you describe here, but still might be considered spelling oddities if you assumed that spelling reliably dictated pronunciation. Examples include: oven/open, even/seven, haven/having, modem/modern, seven/even, money/movie, pint/pinto, miser/misery and colony/colonel.
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comment Difference between 'get to sing' , 'sings' and 'will sing''
user3461086 - Careful here. I think your comment to @ColleenV falls under the category of "overtly snide, rude, or hostile comments to their fellow users". Thanks to Colleen's astute catch, you've changed your answer from involuntary to voluntary. A simple "thank you" would have been a more fitting response; please be more gracious in the future.
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comment Meaning Of "See" 2
@meatie - fix this question so that you don't repeat the error here that you incorrectly assumed there, and I will reopen this.
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
@Sabuncu - Thanks for that clarification, but I'll leave my edit in. I've seen this happen often enough that someone may be looking at this question again a year from now, and my graphic might help prevent another misunderstanding.
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
@Sabuncu - How so? I'm only pointing out that moderators have the power to delete questions and suspend accounts, but they rarely do so, instead opting to coach newer users into improving their questions. You find that insulting?
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revised Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
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comment Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
Your insistence that you have been targeted due to your low number of rep points only convinces me all the more you have completely confused an honest attempt at helpful assistance with "bullying". The ELU mod team wants newer users to feel welcome; one of the ways they do so is by taking the time to explain why a question doesn't fit this site's goals, and offering you a chance to remedy that. It's worth noting that if Andrew Leach (or any other mod) wanted to bully you, your question could have been immediately deleted.
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answered Procedure for escalating a conflict w/ a mod
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comment preposition for tie
You might want to check out [ell.se]. More here.
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revised It's my nerves vs. It's getting on my nerves
Each sentence must start with an upper-case letter; there is no blank space before a question mark.
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answered Semicolons -- How many is too many?
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