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Sep
24
comment Is “rare anomalies” correct to use?
If you were speaking about software, "frequent anomalies" would mean "this is seriously buggy and acts weird a lot"; "rare anomalies" would mean "every once in a while it does something strange" - so that usage seems reasonable.
Sep
16
comment Which is correct: 'leaving at…' or 'leaving by…', '..end of this week'?
Or to put it another way, "by the end" declares an open interval finishing at the end of the week, during which you might leave at any time. "At" declares a point at which you will leave, not before.
Sep
11
comment Did “courage to work” used to mean “must be willing to stay sober during working hours”?
Having lived through that period, I call shenanigans.
Jul
29
answered 50s synonym for “snogging”
Jul
20
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Jul
14
answered Interpreting trucker lingo
Jun
26
comment What quality does a person lack who cannot understand another's point of view?
This doesn't speak to the inability to see the other person's viewpoint; it merely implies that the person has a set of values that aren't easily influenced from the outside. An inner-directed person could strongly have the value that "considering the needs of others is important", and be hard to shake on that; an other-directed person might think this but be shaky on it because all the cool kids are stealing bikes.
Jun
24
comment Why is white noise called 'static'?
Further searching finds the Free Dictionary in agreement: "Interference or noise, such as crackling in a receiver, produced when static or atmospheric electricity disturbs signal reception."
Jun
24
comment Why is white noise called 'static'?
All I have is conjectures; this is a fascinating question! My guesses are: the noise doesn't change, so it's "static"; static electricity discharges cause radio noise, so the continuous noise was called "static". Last guess: this is a "standing", unchanging noise, so it's "static". There seem to be no good online etymologies that address this.
Jun
19
comment What's the name of this boat?
The cormorants definitely have the rings around their necks, so he's a cormorant fisherman for sure.
Jun
18
answered Reduce the number of characters in a sentence
Jun
18
answered What's the name of this boat?
Jun
18
comment Reduce the number of characters in a sentence
Actually, let's back up a step. Why are you trying to save characters?
Jun
18
comment Reduce the number of characters in a sentence
You've made it ambiguous. Are these people experts in Sweden's economy, or are they economic experts who happen to be in Sweden?
Apr
21
comment Finding Grammatical Error In A Model SAT sentence
Yes - as a caption, there's an implied "This is" as a subject and verb.
Apr
15
answered Finding Grammatical Error In A Model SAT sentence
Oct
8
comment Active or passive?
Sven, yes, that is probably more technically correct than my choice. I struggled with rewording that and went for the description that focused on the paper rather than its contents, as I felt that the scene-setting was more critical.
Oct
2
comment Active or passive?
I think you're right, and thanks for the correction.
Oct
1
answered Active or passive?
Oct
1
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