History YouKeepUsingThatWord / LessPedantic

25th Nov '16 5:52:31 PM Siggu
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* '''Venomous''' and '''poisonous''' are not interchangeable, which is a common mistake in usage. ''Venomous'' means the subject has the ability to actively transmit poison. ''Poisonous'' means the subject transmits poison passively (ie. is eaten). Therefore, a poisonous snake means that it will poison those eating it, while a venomous snake means it will poison its victims by biting them and injecting toxins. Some confusion is understandable, as venomous creatures are usually also poisonous, but they're not the same thing. "If it bites you and you die, it's venomous. If you bite it and you die, it's poisonous."

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* '''Venomous''' and '''poisonous''' are not interchangeable, which is a common mistake in usage. ''Venomous'' means the subject has the ability to actively transmit poison. ''Poisonous'' means the subject transmits poison passively (ie. is eaten). Therefore, a poisonous snake means that it will poison those eating it, while a venomous snake means it will poison its victims by biting them and injecting toxins. Some confusion is understandable, as venomous creatures are usually also poisonous, but they're not the same thing. "If it bites you and you die, it's venomous. If you bite it and you die, it's poisonous."". Similar issues happen in other languages - for instance, in spanish, ''venenoso'' (venomous) is very often used where ''ponzoñoso'' (poisonous) should be (although the opposite almost never happens), to the extent many assume both words are now synonyms, and that ''ponzoñoso'' is just an old word that is not used anymore.
21st Nov '16 6:48:30 PM hamza678
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** In ''TheAccidentalTourist'', it's pointed out that '''lacking credence''' is the proper use of the word.

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** In ''TheAccidentalTourist'', ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'', it's pointed out that '''lacking credence''' is the proper use of the word.
8th Nov '16 7:39:21 PM jormis29
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** In ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'', it's pointed out that '''lacking credence''' is the proper use of the word.

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** In ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'', ''TheAccidentalTourist'', it's pointed out that '''lacking credence''' is the proper use of the word.
8th Nov '16 7:33:31 PM jormis29
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** In ''TheAccidentalTourist'', it's pointed out that '''lacking credence''' is the proper use of the word.

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** In ''TheAccidentalTourist'', ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'', it's pointed out that '''lacking credence''' is the proper use of the word.
7th Nov '16 4:53:06 PM trumpetmarietta
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* A '''regimen''' is a health-related routine, such as diet, exercise, and/or medicine. A '''regiment''' is a military unit. A '''regime''' is a government or leadership (usually with negative, authoritarian connotations). These three words often end up shuffled into one another's places.

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* A '''regimen''' is a health-related routine, such as diet, exercise, and/or medicine. A '''regiment''' is a military unit.unit (traditionally commanded by a colonel). A '''regime''' is a government or leadership (usually with negative, authoritarian connotations). These three words often end up shuffled into one another's places.
2nd Oct '16 7:03:57 PM BrendanRizzo
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** It is interesting, because original meaning of this word, now mostly forgotten, meant something different. Infamy was a form of punishment technically stripping the convicted of any legal protection (in feudal world 'no fame' meant 'no one heard of him and no one will defend him'). Of course, the infamous had nothing left to lose, so they often were getting infamous in modern sense of this word.

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** It is interesting, because original meaning of this word, now mostly forgotten, meant something different. Infamy was a form of punishment technically stripping the convicted of any legal protection protection, in other words, [[{{Outlaw}} outlawry]] (in the feudal world 'no fame' meant 'no one heard of him and no one will defend him'). Of course, the infamous had nothing left to lose, so they often were getting infamous in modern sense of this word.



*** Legally speaking, burglary doesn't have to involve stealing (larceny and theft cover those). Burglary is the entrance of a building with the intent to commit a crime therein. You don't even have to actually complete the act you entered the building to do. If Alice enters Bob's house with the intent to murder Bob (or steal from him, assault him, or write a bad check while sitting on his couch), she has committed burglary, whether or not she actually does the deed. In some areas, even if you change your mind about committing the crime once your inside, you can still be on the hook for burglary. As a result, burglary is a favorite of prosecutors as it can be added as a charge to many different acts. The case law of what constitutes "building" and "entry" can get a little silly.

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*** Legally speaking, burglary doesn't have to involve stealing (larceny and theft cover those). Burglary is the entrance of a building with the intent to commit a crime therein. You don't even have to actually complete the act you entered the building to do. If Alice enters Bob's house with the intent to murder Bob (or steal from him, assault him, or write a bad check while sitting on his couch), she has committed burglary, whether or not she actually does the deed. In some areas, [[{{Thoughtcrime}} even if you change your mind about committing the crime once your inside, you're inside,]] you can still be on the hook for burglary. As a result, burglary is a favorite of prosecutors as it can be added as a charge to many different acts. The case law of what constitutes "building" and "entry" can get a little silly.
13th Sep '16 8:14:24 AM Wereboar
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* '''Samurai''' is not a synonym for a traditional Japanese warrior but it specifically means a warrior who is bound by feudal agreement with a lord. A vassal in other words. A general word for any person belonging to warrior caste is ''bushi''. A ''bushi'' serving no lord is called ''ronin''.
12th Sep '16 8:48:33 AM Wereboar
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*** To make things more confusing, in most classic rifles (i.e. non-automatic), a ''stock'' refers to the large wooden (or plastic) part all the metal parts (barrel, bolt and trigger assembly) are connected to. In this case, a part of stock behind the grip that is put against shooter's shoulder would be a 'butt'.
6th Sep '16 1:38:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''Maltese cross''' is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_cross a eight-pointed cross]] which has the form of four "V"-shaped elements joined at the center, most famously used by TheKnightsHospitallers. Colloquially, however, the term "maltese cross" is sometimes applied to the ''cross pattée'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_patt%C3%A9e a cross which has arms narrower at the centre]], and broader at the perimeter, most often associated with the Prussian and German military usage.

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* '''Maltese cross''' is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_cross a eight-pointed cross]] which has the form of four "V"-shaped elements joined at the center, most famously used by TheKnightsHospitallers.UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers. Colloquially, however, the term "maltese cross" is sometimes applied to the ''cross pattée'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_patt%C3%A9e a cross which has arms narrower at the centre]], and broader at the perimeter, most often associated with the Prussian and German military usage.
11th Aug '16 5:13:54 AM Morgenthaler
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** This is lampshaded in the movie version of ''TheCaineMutiny'', where Maryk admits that until Keefer talked to him, "I didn't even know the difference between paranoid and paranoia."

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** This is lampshaded in the movie version of ''TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', where Maryk admits that until Keefer talked to him, "I didn't even know the difference between paranoid and paranoia."
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