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12:14 AM
Q: What does "powerful commodities" mean in The Markenmore Mystery?

Ahmed SamirIn The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, two men were talking about that whoever commits a crime by chance doesn't have a reason to incriminate himself “Ain’t no ’casion as I knows on for any man or woman to go for to accuse theirselves o’ terrible doings. Wouldn’t be a common-sense t...

@Bookworm This question has been sentenced to the HNQ
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4:40 AM
Speaking of "O Canada", I have often suggested to its denizens that the anthem would be so much friendlier and more laid-back if it instead went "Yo, Canada"
4:50 AM
A question from @Tsundoku
Regarding oranges that are blue
(as is the planet earth)
has been lauded for its worth
And has become an HNQ.
5:01 AM
@Randal'Thor even then, though, the Somerset question that you answered nice and quick didn't garner the necessary upvotes. I guess it's not interesting to our local voting base?
5:22 AM
Q: What did TS Eliot mean "In a minute there is time / For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse."

AnnElliot is too abstruse to me! The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot | Poetry Magazine In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. Is Tony Elliss, MA Eng Lit from Quora correct? Prufrock is talking about those decisions we all make from time t...

5:44 AM
@bobble Heh, I wondered if it might've been :-) I saw that terrible title on the HNQ and almost edited it myself, but then didn't bother.
@bobble I think there is a way, but I don't remember and can't experiment ... feel free to issue a chat-invite to me so we can test it.
@verbose Nice!
@Randal'Thor thanks!
I did once write a poem called "Ulysses" that went, IIRC:
> Blue sun, orange sea
An ashtray for his boat
Holding his cigarette, his mast
He stood, gazing out
At tangerine infinity.
Something like that. Hadn't read the Éluard poème before today, though
6:14 AM
When the Beta badge says "added three posts score > 0" does that refer to cumulative score or score per post?
Per post, I assume. It usually is with badge criteria.
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8:46 AM
Q: In the book Beloved discuss the ways in which the novel approaches the inadequacy of language for describing the experience and history of enslavement

Gareth DavidsonIn the ‘Foreword’ to Beloved, Toni Morrison writes that: In trying to make the slave experience intimate, I hoped the sense of things being both under control and out of control would be persuasive throughout; that the order and quietude of everyday life would be violently disrupted by the chaos ...

@Bookworm Urgh, an essay copy-paste. Can we turn it into anything less open-ended?
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10:29 AM
Q: What is the “presence” in Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’?

Gareth ReesIn Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’ he describes a “presence”:                                 And I have felt A presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime Of something far more deeply interfused, Whose dwelling is the light of settin...

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1:12 PM
Apparently my HNQ success has propelled me to the top of the quarterly rep leagues. I'd better start bountying again.
Gotta give a bounty to Gilles for his later-but-better Babar answer. That'll make up for the rep he'll "lose" today after repcapping in the middle of the day.
2:01 PM
@Randal'Thor invite sent
@bobble I found it for you!
One sec, screenshotting.
There's a little x in the top left corner of the box on your invite tab. Click that and it disappears.
Now, let's hope the same user doesn't invite me again
Would asking for references be useful here?
Is this a full answer?
2:24 PM
@bobble It's a poor answer, but addresses the question sufficiently that I didn't want to mod-delete it as NAA. Downvotes and community delete-votes wouldn't be untoward though.
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4:58 PM
There are currently 4 different Lit questions on the HNQ list. I wonder if that's a record.
(Babar, $1.87, German loanwords, orange/blue)
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7:52 PM
Q: In "Sordello", how do we know the rejected spirit is Shelley?

Gareth ReesIn book I of Sordello (1840) by Robert Browning, the speaker addresses a group of spirits, Summoned together from the world’s four ends, Dropped down from heaven or cast up from hell, To hear the story I propose to tell. But one spirit he rejects (pp. 3–4):                 stay—thou, spirit, c...


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