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1:07 AM
@Tsundoku Yes, puns about pencils usually go down like lead balloons, but yours are pretty sharp.
@bobble I owe @Mithical an apology for my previous response to this comment; I realize in hindsight it came across as my attacking them, which wasn't my intent. I was genuinely puzzled why what struck me as an obviously homophobic answer (where "gay" is literally unspeakable) was not pointed out as homophobic, and since they had commented on that answer I was curious about their thinking.
I admire Mithical as much as I do anybody on this site, and I didn't mean to be a dick. Sorry I framed my comment so antagonistically.
@GarethRees Hadn't seen it before, wondering why anybody would vote to delete it in the first place, glad it got undeleted. Thanks for making it so!
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2:20 AM
Q: Under what circumstances could you make a promise without intending to?

EJoshuaS - Reinstate MonicaJonathan Culler's Literary Theory: a Very Short Introduction contains the following slightly puzzling quote in chapter 7: In principle at least, the performative [utterance] breaks the link between meaning and the intention of the speaker, for what act I perform with my words is not determined b...

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7:55 AM
@verbose It got deleted automatically when the user was deleted (because it had a negative score).
@Tsundoku Thanks!
8:15 AM
@GarethRees ah. Thanks!
8:39 AM
Q: Story about people living in a cave and not wanting to leave and explore

RPatel99I'm new here, and not completely sure if I'm asking this question in the right place, but I seem to have a vague memory of a story where a tribe of some sort lives in a cave for generations, and never leaves because they have access to food and water. One time, someone (it may have been a child; ...

9:00 AM
Q: "He ate and drank soberly, but drew his dinner out." - meaning of "drawing his dinner out"

John VIn a story by A. Blackwood (http://algernonblackwood.org/Z-files/The_Prayer.pdf), I cannot infer the meaning in the following sentence: He did not notice their somewhat close attention because, in his turn, he was closely watching—somebody else. He ate and drank soberly, but drew his dinner out....

That story about my niece is entirely true and y'all are just meanies for thinking that I made it up. So there.
9:27 AM
@verbose Don't worry about it. To answer the original question: I didn't want to get dragged into a discussion about it in the comments there, and I didn't think it was explicit enough to warrant a R/A flag. Since it was already deletable for being NaA, that's what I went for.
@Mithical thanks, you're very kind
@verbose The thought of you having made it up never crossed my mind.
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10:43 AM
@verbose Some people are weirdly drawn to pencil jokes ;-)
10:54 AM
A: What does A. E. C. denote in the poem about Edward Anti-Teller?

Tim FalknerIt stands for Atomic Energy Commission, commonly known as A.E.C. In the real world, Edward Teller was an early member of the Manhattan Project, sometimes called "the father of the hydrogen bomb", and he was involved with the Atomic Energy Commission including proposing projects and testifying aga...

^ @verbose @PrinceNorthLæraðr @bobble ^ I didn't want to leave 3 comments and ping you all, but I've improved this answer with some links and background.
The answer was given in comments more than a year ago, and I've been bugging people since then to turn it into an answer, so I'm glad someone finally did.
@verbose Sharp enough to puncture said balloon?
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2:03 PM
Q: Use of the subjunctive in context

Soyuz42 Twelve steeds unmatch’d in fleetness and in force, And still victorious in the dusty course; (Rich were the man whose ample stores exceed The prizes purchased by their winged speed;) Extract from Pope's translation of the Iliad. Have I correctly identified the bold verb as a subjunctive?

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3:08 PM
@Randal'Thor Nice. I will retract my comment
@Randal'Thor I'll be getting my gold soon... :P
And that fanatic badge I missed curses
@Randal'Thor retracted comment and changed upvote to downvote
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4:43 PM
@Randal'Thor fixed. Thanks!
4:53 PM
@verbose Whew. I finally got around to reading through your masterpiece on iambic pentameter, as well as opening a dozen other tabs for the things linked from that answer for further reading, so that I can accept it.
Having read that, I'm now buzzing with more follow-up questions (like, if iambus was originally a genre not a metre, then how does its literal meaning of "cripple" refer to the long and short feet? were Sidney and Marlowe widely recognised in their time as the greats of contemporary English literature, enough to be the movers and shakers who decided what English poetry should look like? maybe more questions about the specific works cited)
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8:27 PM
Q: In what way can the image of bowels "packed in furance" recall an image of a sea "tumbling in harness"?

HeyJudeI'm trying to get a grasp of a poetical image of being "packed in furnace", found in Ted Hughes' Crow's opening poem "Two Legends": Two Legends I Black was the without eye Black the within tongue Black was the heart [...] Black the blood in its loud tunnel Black the bowels packed in furnace [......

8:52 PM
Q: In the original meaning of "iambus" as a genre, how did the "cripple" etymology make sense?

Rand al'ThorAn excellent verbose answer says that: Etymologically, the word iambos is related to the Greek word for cripple, with the short syllable representing the lame leg and the long the strong one. Deriving from this Greek origin, a foot of one short and one long syllable was called an iamb in Latin p...

9:51 PM
Three days left to break the tie in votes for our next topic challenge: it's Gargantua and Pantagruel vs Mem and Zîn.
I've been avoiding voting there at all because I don't feel qualified to help pick topic challenges
What kind of qualifications do you feel are needed?
There's some suggested guidelines in the meta question there, both for voting and for proposing.
I feel I'd be voting blind, because I don't know how to judge well (for anything, not just this) because it's too subjective for me.
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11:01 PM
@Randal'Thor Voted Mem and Zin - I think it's good to expand beyond our typical European literature
Plus, Kurdish literature means more new tags :D
@PrinceNorthLæraðr And also means making a decision on whether we want one tag or different tags for Kurmanji, Sorani, etc.
I'll consult a Kurd IRL and get back to you on that :-)
Okay. I have zero clue on those languages so

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