Is there a term for or a turn of phrase describing the situation where someone is complaining about a problem while not recognising that they are a part of the problem? The traffic saying is the obvious one, but also: tourists complaining that somewhere they visited was ruined because it had too many tourists, or that sort of thing. (if not, I'm copyrighting the "precipitate paradox" to cover these scenarios...)
I'm looking for examples of colloquial weather terms like the "dog days" of summer, Indian summer, or blackberry winter. These are just examples, the terms don't have to be about weather like those. I'm just interested in learning more local/regional expressions like these, especially non-English ones if people know them. Thanks!
My son is 9 and one of my favorite things to do is gently aggravate him with dad-esque sayings. [more inside]
I'm an uncreative person. I'm seeking some of your imaginative love related word play for two wedding items. [more inside]
Help me complete this sentence in a fun way. "She's more confused than a...." [more inside]
What resources or tools are there for finding alternative phrases? As an example, when talking about art, someone might talk about "breaking conventions", "disrupting conventions" or "challenging conventions". However, if you go to a thesaurus and look up "breaking", you have to go through a very long list of words to find these alternatives which is quite time consuming. What tools are there which, when given a short phrase, can find alternatives? I imagine that this should be possible with either machine learning or some kind of wiki.
I am designing a poster for a personal project on the subject of "always moving forward" and "taking the next step" – do you have any quotes that you live by on that subject? [more inside]
Search results indicate this term being used synonymously with "mad scramble", but also as something to do with sports tournaments. Apart from being evocative, does it mean anything specific?
Recently I discovered some great phrases that work much better than the standard response to a situation, and was wondering if anyone had any others. [more inside]
What are some flattering address from classic literature? My two examples (and the extent of my list) are Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My captain!" and "...light of my life, fire of my loins!" from Lolita. Both are very fun things to call Mr. Grandysaur. BUT I WANT MORE. I'm looking for grandiose, recognizable, turns of phrase that I can use to address those that are worthy. The more ridiculous the better.
What phrases are reflexively on the tip of your tongue? [more inside]
I'm going to an event in union square NYC where we'll be writing positive messages on poster board and holding them up in public for day/mood brightening purposes. I'm looking for inspirational things to put on my sign. [more inside]
I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "living in your parent's basement." I was just wondering if it is common or if young adults/people actually live in basements or if it's just a saying. Where I'm from (southern california), I've never actually heard of anyone living in a basement, usually they will have a room in the house.
Where does the phrase "Flippin' Henry" come from (to express exasperation)? [more inside]
What are some non-religious words or phrases for expressing good wishes/thoughts for the future, besides "hopefully?" [more inside]
What's an alternative to the phrase "when the shit hits the fan" that means essentially the same thing, e.g. "when stuff goes wrong"? Feel free to be creative.
Does anyone know if 'sucking on words' is an idiom or common phrase? If so, what is the meaning?
I recently came across the phrase "tricked out"--used just the way we use it today--in a book from the late 1800s. I was so shocked that I searched Project Gutenberg and found it used all over the place. What's the deal? And what are some other current-sounding phrases that go back further than you would think--used the way we use them today?
What are some words that are most commonly associated with specific others? [more inside]
Japanesefilter: I will be working with Japanese business clients in Europe and would like to learn a few phrases and their etiquette! [more inside]
I'm looking for obscure but beautiful or amazing sayings or phrases or words in languages or dialects other than American English. [more inside]
Can someone help me understand what people mean when they say - "Media is the message" or "Media is not the message". I don't get it at all? And online searching has not helped a great deal in gaining clarity either. Thanks.
What are your favorite old fashioned phrases? [more inside]
What is your favorite motivational phrase? [more inside]
Where does "strong like bear" come from? [more inside]
I need your help coming up with as many cliched and hackneyed phrases as possible. [more inside]
I need ways to say "I like you" or "I love you" (to a girlfriend) from various periods in history. [more inside]
I'm looking for snippets of song lyrics that reference authors, books, or reading, and I'm looking for ones that can (more or less) stand on their own outside the context of the song. [more inside]
Is there any way to get Firefox to search the text on a web page for multiple items -- say, words in a list? (Aside, of course, from manually typing each word into the Find box, one word at a time.) [more inside]
I need a bunch of ways to answer my phone humorously, in the vein of "Jack's Mortuary, U Stab 'em, We Slab 'em", etc. This is in response to someone at work who has challenged me. How many can you help me with?
"If [blank] were [blank(s)] then [blank] would be [blank]." Have you heard this before? Like, is this a particular saying with specific words in the [blank]'s? Or are there different permuations? I've had this general pattern in my head all day and I can't for the life of me remember how I've heard it go. Please fill in the [blank] and help me get it out of my head.
What is my fortune cookie trying to tell me? [more inside]
Pregnancy clichés please! - eg "I'm eating for two!", "I'm creating life!" etc etc
I would like to find recordings of French phrases and their translations. I've gone through the other AskMe questions but I want something a bit different. [more inside]
I've been playing acoustic guitar for a bunch of years now (and am so-so at it). I really like those transitional moments between chords -- stuff you can throw in to make just strumming along a bit more interesting; things like the turnaround in Alice's Restaurant, but even really simple things like -- starting on a D chord and leading on the low e string 0-2-3 to get to a G chord. What are your favorite little phrases like those? Or, alternatively, do those have an official name I can google? Or, alternatively alternatively, any good websites or books for that kind of thing? Oh -- I mostly play with a pick, so I'm more interested in phrases you can play that way.
Are there better ways to call someone than a "culture vulture" and "domestic diva"? [more inside]
Is there a fast way to isolate highlighted text from a document? [more inside]
What is the origin of "Mama had a baby and her head popped off"? [more inside]
I am trying to find the first use, and/or the number of subsequent occurences of a phrase. [more inside]
Give me your best I.T. related words, phrases, and aphorisms. I have worked in a variety of companies, all of which seem to have some interesting lingo and vernacular. I am not looking for stuff like 'cookie', and 'firewall'. More along the lines of: 'Going Dark' - when developers grab a requirements document and disappear for months, 'Snowflake' - a server that has been modified to the point of being unique, fragile, and unrepeatable. Phrases would include things like 'The problem is between the chair and the keyboard', 'XYZ consulting is just a body shop', or 'Those legacy systems are sunsetting'. Help me collect colorful I.T. lingo and proverbs.
Can you help me find phrases that include the word "amp" or "amped"? [more inside]
Southern phrases like "gets my goat" and "burns my biscuits"? [more inside]
"Time on his hands and himself on his mind". This is a real saying, right? [more inside]
Is there a word or phrase in any language that describes a moment that is so perfect that it makes you sad, either because it will eventually end or because every moment can't be that perfect? How about a word for a moment that is so perfect that "words can't describe it"? Are there any other concepts that are difficult to describe in English, but easy in other languages? [more inside]
How can I avoid using common, cliché words and phrases in my speech and writing, and come up with better ones? [more inside]
Is this phrase or saying real? Something along the lines of "The play never changes, only the players". [more inside]
This is my question. There are many like it, but this one is mine. [more inside]
Help me compile a list of vintage hokey parental catchphrases. [more inside]
Is there any sort of freeware program (online, installed on computer, php, mysql, anything) for me to save phrases in English, and then their translation in a certain language? In some kind of tidy, tabled format? I tried a wiki but I quickly tired of formatting each entry in order to produce a tidy table. Ideally, I'd like to be able to just plug in the phrases and go.
what's the origin / meaning of the phrase "he's shooting [playing?] lights out"? [more inside]
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