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3:42 AM
Q: Did "drink to someone" imply the same thing back then?

user100323In a popular song Drink To Me Only with Thine Eyes first published in 1616 did the phrase drink to someone mean the same thing as nowadays, ie. to say cheers for someone? Thanks in advance.

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4:56 AM
Q: Why did Tolkien take such extreme offense to the original Swedish translation of The Lord of the Rings?

Bilbo SeckerI may be mistaken, but allegedly, Tolkien really took great offense to the first (and only, during his entire lifetime and decades beyond) Swedish translation of The Lord of the Rings. He called the person responsible for it "conceited" and basically seemed to strongly dislike, if not hate, him. ...

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9:28 AM
Q: What is the literary effect of such long opening and closing sentences in "May Day Eve"?

Rand al'ThorNick Joaquin's short story "May Day Eve" begins and ends with two extremely long sentences: The old people had ordered that the dancing should stop at ten o’clock but it was almost midnight before the carriages came filing up the departing guests, while the girls who were staying were promptly h...

Q: Why is Macbeth's "vaulting ambition" so important and famous?

chameleonWhat does 'vaulting' mean over here? Even though Macbeth states this as a reason to justify his evil deed of killing Duncan, can we say that ambition could be used in a positive way as well? Or is vaulting ambition a negative trait overall? Can we say that Macbeth willingly contributed to creatin...

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10:42 AM
Q: Why would the indigo factory's steward by a messenger of death?

TsundokuChapter XI of My Boyhood Days (1940; ছেলেবেলা / Chhelebela in Bengali) contains the following passage: The old indigo factory was still standing, with the river Padma in the distance. The zemindari office was on the ground floor, and our living quarters on the upper floor. (...) Today, the blust...

11:27 AM
@Bookworm The scary-clown question became HNQ yesterday.
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1:35 PM
Q: What's meant by "stamp-hunt" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

Ahmed SamirIn chapter 10 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author was describing an employer, Jakobs, who usually stole unconsidered stamps and such loose coinage as might be found in the office of his manager, Black, who was notoriously careless in the matter of small change. He had ...

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2:58 PM
I have removed the tag from the only question that used it.
3:38 PM
Q: What it means to divert one’s interior oppression?

KnightIn May Sinclair’s Song-offerings of Rabindranath Tagore it written for St. Catherine of Genoa that She would at times, when in the garden, seize hold of the thorn-covered twigs of the rose-bushes with both her hands; and would not feel any pain while thus doing it in a transport of mind. She wou...

4:22 PM
@PrinceNorthLæraðr We have four empty tag wiki excerpts! Red alert!
Oh okay, I'll get to it right now
Sorry, it's been really stressful because there's a really big fire nearby where I live right now
But I'm exactly halfway through to tag dooku: 250 edits!
@PrinceNorthLæraðr Oh, I hope you can stay safe!
@Tsundoku The air is really bad, but no structural damage. I don't think our house is in danger, but we might get evacuated still
@Tsundoku I have to go right now, but I will get those tags filled out :)
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6:09 PM
Congratulations to @Mary for becoming our 33rd user with 2000(+) reps.
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7:45 PM
Q: What makes the story "The King of Beasts" by Philipp José Farmer realistic and not realiatic?

JonI need some help!:) Do you have an idea what makes this story realistic and not realistic! Thank you

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