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Whether or not "performant" is actually a real word has been debated for some time. It does not appear in the dictionary, nor does Google definitions include it. While it has been used before and appears in wiktionary, I would tend to avoid using it until the word becomes, well...a word. Is there any reason you could not use one of the following instead? ...


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It does mean what you want to say, possibly, but it's not the clearest way of saying it. Performant is being increasingly used, therefore it deserves to be considered a word. I still have misgivings about it though, largely because it seems redundant: you could instead say "fast" or "efficient". If something's fast, why not just say so, instead of using the ...


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When used as a stand-alone sentence, you're right: 1) Where should this car be parked? <-- correct 2) Where this car should be parked? Now... if it's part of a larger sentence it's different: 1) Do you know where should this car be parked? 2) Do you know where this car should be parked? <-- correct I would speculate that either ...


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This terminology dates back to the Anglo-Norman Kings who, having conquered Saxon England, started collecting taxes methodically, of which The Domesday Book is a famous example. For accounting, they were using a large board with rows and columns not unlike a chessboard, or un échiquier in French (from Persian origin, imported via Latin). The person ...


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As you said, it means "kind of". It's very informal and you won't find it in dictionaries. In formal contexts, you can use "rather" with the same meaning, e.g.: It was rather cold. Note: "kind of" is in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (see below). "Kinda" is not. Definition: 1: to a moderate degree 2: in a way that approximates : more ...


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No. It is not (necessarily) a typo. The following examples are all perfectly acceptable uses (at least grammatically) of the possessive form of women. Women's rights Women's work Women's intuition Women's gossip I am unable to answer your question about whether or not Firefox is sexist.


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The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) has 1650 incidences of kinda: TOTAL SPOKEN FICTION MAGAZINE NEWSPAPER ACADEMIC 1650 172 1023 244 169 42 It is used overwhelmingly in fiction, and the few examples in newspapers and academic texts are almost exclusively in quotations of spoken English. So, as the other answers have said, ...


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The spelling vendor is the standard spelling. The New Yorker, as part of its bizarre house style, uses the spelling vender. No one else does, besides those trying to emulate The New Yorker’s style. Of the 45 examples in COCA, only 17 were actual uses of the spelling vender outside of The New Yorker (compared with over 2000 examples of vendor, a ratio of ...


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Work around is a phrasal verb. Work-around is a noun (often written workaround, without the hyphen). Your example uses the verb, so it is correct as written. Ignore the auto-correct suggestion in this case.


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The word "whitespace" is usually uncountable. If you need it to be countable, I would suggest saying "whitespace characters".


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I would say, "That's an SEP". Anyone who knows me would know what I mean. In any event else's is perfectly fine. Dictionary.com's entry for else says, "other or in addition (used in the possessive following an indefinite pronoun): someone else's money."


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Etymonline says that trepidus is Latin for scared; and trepid does/did appear to be a word, as per Merriam-Webster. Google Ngrams tell us that trepid has decreased in use ever since the 1800s. So trepid was a word at one point, and still is (technically), but its popularity is continually decreasing; essentially, it's obsolete. For some reason, trepidation ...


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This is most likely a case of dictionaries having not caught up with an industry's lingo or jargon. Here are a few examples of using refactor: You can also refactor other things besides formal expression languages. Like DocumentRefactoring. I refactored this definition several times in order to group similar ideas into their related paragraphs. Of ...


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Can you think of any other words that end in -itely that are pronounced the same? I think the majority of them end in -ately, e.g. alternately, indiscriminately, fortunately, intimately. Therefore, people uninterested in spelling irregularity will intuitively spell it “definately” because it seems more plausible if you don’t know better. Edit: Just thought ...


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1. is right; 2. is wrong. The grammar checker probably got confused by the fact that if the question mark were omitted, it would be the other way round. It may be possible to devise a computerised grammar for English that makes fewer mistakes than a schoolchild (always a good discussion topic in the bar), but Microsoft Word doesn't have one.


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As you note indirectly (in that your quote refers to it), the form smoothe is recognised by the OED, and it's the other Oxford dictionaries, including the free-access public online version. We can find it going back some date, but since a greater variation was tolerated in the beginnings of Modern English, than now, that means little of that period. It's ...


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First, apart from very rare exceptions, you should capitalize all words derived from a person’s name (see here and there, on this very site). It doesn't matter whether it's a noun, an adjective, a verb, anything. Just put a damn capital! Now, for your specific case, two additional points in support of capitalization: the New Oxford American Dictionary ...


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I would see this as an extension of the branch of linguistics called metalexicography which for decades has been examining people's use and perception of dictionaries and related works. Practitioners of the field have long since noted phenomena which I think aren't in essence any different with modern electronic dictionaries/spellcheckers, whereby ...


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This is such an interesting forum; I found it when googling "performant" because of my students' repeated use of the word. In French, it's an actual word that means something like performs effectively, efficiently, and well. So, French students use it regularly because it sounds like English, although I'd classify it as a false cognate. Thanks to all for ...


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I would avoid using "performant" in any formal documentation or technical report. However -- coming from the other side of the debate -- I think that there's nothing wrong with using performant. The English language, along with all other living languages, transform regularly. The more a word is used, the more that it will be accepted. I would be ...


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If a dictionary has it, that dictionary is just trying to be so comprehensive as to include any word ever. However, incapable is the proper and original form, and furthermore, everyone uses it. I have never seen uncapable in use. The rule of thumb to go by is: If you're choosing between variants of a word, pick the variant most widely used and ...


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"Women's" is the plural possessive. If you're referring to one woman you should say "(a) woman's" instead.


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Strictly speaking, "GPL" is a three letter acronym for GNU General Public License. (Note the AmE spelling.) “GPL” stands for “General Public License”. The most widespread such license is the GNU General Public License, or GNU GPL for short. This can be further shortened to “GPL”, when it is understood that the GNU GPL is the one intended. By the way, ...


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Wiktionary contains such words. The entry for kinda (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kinda) includes: kinda (colloquial) kind of I kinda hafta do this right now. That's kinda funny.


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There is nothing wrong with those contractions at all. Your spell-checker, like most, is brain-dead.


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There's not really anything inherently wrong with performant; its formation is regular enough and it seems to convey a meaning that no other single word conveys. If that is enough for you, then go ahead. But you ought to know that the word will be ill-regarded by many, who will consider it a pseudo-learned, affected, vulgar and pointless novelty. Of course, ...



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