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The first reference the OED has to of the clock is from Chaucer's Prologue dated 1386 (presumably they had clocks). c1386 Chaucer Parson's Prol. 5 Ten of the clokke it was tho as I gesse. The most recent reference to of the clock is from Gladstone speaking in Parliament in 1884 1884 Gladstonein Parlt. 26 Feb. 2/5 That the Speaker..be ...
No. In Modern English, o'clock is not a contraction, and of the clock does not exist as an idiomatic expression. (It can occur literally, for example I saw it on top of the clock; but it doesn't exist in the sense of telling the time).
I would change the wording to refer more to the attack than the person. "Had it been malicious, your account would have been stolen."
Attacker fits the tone of rest of the message, and in prticular the use of the word attack. By adding real or actual you can differentiate yourself from the "bad guy" since you are technically using the vulnerability yourself. Malicious user can be an alternative, since it directly describes the bad behavior. Adversary is often used in infosec, but is ...
You can "take a sabbatical". A "sabbatical" is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. This term is derived from the biblical Sabbath which serves an ancient human need to build periods of rest and rejuvenation into a lifetime. Traditionally you’ll find sabbaticals in academic careers, but they are not just for ...
I think people understand hacker in this context. Had it been made by a hacker, your account would have been stolen.
The phrase 'o'clock' is a linguistic fossil, and is never written as 'of the clock'. It actually dates from the 14th century when clocks first started to be installed in churches to tell the hours. Before that, time had been computed by the position of the sun - there were twelve hours to the day and twelve to the night, so winter daytime hours were much ...
Of the clock is used to mark time well into the 20th century, though it is largely limited to legislative record-keeping: 1902 (House of Commons) 1907 (New Zealand Legislative Council) 1925 (Newfoundland House of Assembly) The phrase also appears in At Swim-Two-Birds, a 1939 novel by Irish writer Brian O'Nolan: I was acquainted of the way by angels, ...
Well it's formal enough, if not quite capturing the dodging the issue sense, so I'd suggest Demarcation: British: The practice of requiring that specific jobs be assigned to members of particular trade unions. (-- Oxford Dictionaries) If you've ever seen I'm All Right Jack you'll get the idea: the refusal to carry out a task as it must be part of ...
Make someone's acquaintance: (formal) to meet someone: I’m very pleased to make your acquaintance. (Cambridge Dictionary) It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance on behalf of...
The original phrase doesn't sound particularly out of place, but there are more formal-sounding ways to say it. You could use "To pursue/investigate this further...", or "In order to characterize this in greater depth...", or "With this knowledge...".
I'd be tempted to delete the phrase 'Along this line of thinking' completely as it doesn't really add anything. The use of 'rather' in rather likely is also unnecessary. It doesn't tell the reader anything about how much more likely it is. You can reference examples where people demonstrated a likelihood that A causes B (with a corresponding p-value). ...
irresponsibly Had it be done irresponsibly, you would have lost your account. Because of course it's an action done or said without thinking of the possible results of your actions or words MacMillan It fits better for illegal attacks, though.
The word "Hour" has 4 letters. Its pronunciation is /ˈaʊə(r)/. But when we remove the letter "h", its pronuciation is still /ˈaʊə(r)/.
Knob, hour, wrap, wray. If you allow abbreviations, add gnat and writ.
Indeed it's fine. When is the best time to call you? is a more polite way to say it, though.
I have just used it (with an 's' since I am from the British Isles) and therefore it is a word. This is exactly how language develops. Regards - John, linguist and educational consultant.
Antagonist or real attacker seem like they might work here.
For a formal paper I would use 9:00 rather than 9 o'clock, and '9 of the clock' is never used in practice.
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