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The caret (^) is used in several programming languages (as well as many graphing calculators, TeX and Microsoft Excel macros) to indicate a power, and some engineers or developers will use this convention in ordinary prose. Exponentiation is usually represented with superscripts, but the correct orthography is sometimes difficult or impossible to produce. ...


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Perfect in this context means "without imperfections" (defects). A baby is new; no signs of aging, no scars; no wear and tear. It is soft and smooth, petite and innocent - idealized. If it were a car, we might say, "fresh off the assembly line" (no scratches, no dust, no oil stains, no signs of use, etc.) Babies are never perfect in the same sense as we say ...


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"Nuts" is slang or colloquial for crazy, not stupid. "Literally" something does not mean "figuratively" something, so the answer is "no". However, many people have taken up the habit/custom of using "literally" to mean "very" or "figuratively". So in that sense the answer is "yes". Take your pick.


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Literally is a commonly used intensifier in modern English. Obstinate prescriptivist pedants who disagree can be found in no small number, but they are, for the most part, merely cranky grammar cultists who would prefer the language stagnate and calcify. They are best ignored. Nuts is commonly used as a synonym for 'crazy', however it is generally used in ...


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It depends if you are the type of person who welcomes the evolution of language or not. Personally I like the word "literally" to mean... literally. So, I would argue that "No" it is not okay to call someone "literally Nuts" unless the person in question is actually made out of peanut


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bass is being used metaphorically to refer to the buttocks. I think the juxtaposition of bass and treble refers to the clefs in musical notation: the bass cleff is on the bottom, the treble cleff is on the top, and bottom is another euphemism for the butt, while top is often used to refer to a woman's breasts. And the low and high tones can represent the ...


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"In case I see you looking..." Here, 'looking' is seen as a possible problem, and something - we don't know what from this sentence - has been done to minimise that problem. Cars usually have a spare wheel 'in case' they get a puncture. We may carry an umbrella 'in case' it rains. "...and mind..." This means that speaker might not like the looking. ...


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Well first of all, the wording of the second sentence is quite confusing. I'm assuming it's meant to indicate the joy that comes with spending time with the baby is overwhelming. In this case, the word 'perfect' is an example of hyperbole. Given the context, the term would be used to imply an appreciation for the baby's positive traits. These traits could be ...


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The "optic stems" would be the terminations of the optic nerves (which actually terminate in the retinas.) The comedian was implying "eyes" without actually saying the word "eyes".


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I would take it to have a meaning in keeping with 5. Specifically, I take his comment about "no such long-continued action" to mean that the cause of action (i.e., the specific kind of breach of contract) that was relied on in the present case had not been brought before the courts, or relied on in court, in the recent past. Given that it had not been ...


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"All About That Bass" is about the attractiveness of full-figured women, to whom bass clearly applies here. The song and its music video emphasize "booty" (large hips and buttocks), so we might suppose that bass = booty; i.e., lower notes correspond to the lower body. I would offer a different interpretation, however. If bass corresponds to the lower body, ...


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It's short for "to an accuracy of 1 part in 2x10^5" ie an accuracy of 0.0005%. 2x10^5 is scientific notation for 200000.


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This sounds like Balkanization.


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Partition. Usually associated with India's split from Pakistan at the end of British occupation.


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Perhaps your intention is to sell whatever you produce with your own application, but it may not be so. Then, other possibilities ("do something else") would be to give them to your friends, to keep them to yourself, etc.


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The for any other purpose is an alternative to to sell. Individuals may have a number of purposes in mind when working on their own applications; one of these may be selling them.



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