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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
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?
Jun
6
comment Can I say “murdering thoughts” or should it be “murderous thoughts” and what is difference between these?
If you're going with the metaphor of pushing thoughts away by "murdering" them, you'll have to be very skillful in the execution, possibly pairing murderous actions in specific with the thoughts you're "killing" to make it clear this is deliberate and not just a sloppy choice of word.
Jun
2
comment Can I say “murdering thoughts” or should it be “murderous thoughts” and what is difference between these?
"Grammar-murdering" is a side issue, because grammar is the thing being murdered. That said, "murdering thoughts" is an archaism, unless you're watching Scanners, in which thoughts themselves actually kill, as implied by "murdering thoughts". "Murderous" us the better, current usage.
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.
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.
Jun
20
comment Is “can exceed up to X” some form of colloquialism?
Agreed - this is "I am trying to write legalese to sound official and have blown it badly".
May
28
comment What's the origin of the idiom “to cut your teeth on something”?
Yep, agreed - it's the same "from early on" meaning. Thanks!
May
23
comment Capitalization of “sister” and “brother”
This is correct when they're being used as honorifics, as you say, but I think @Barmar's answer is closer to what the original question was trying to resolve.
May
23
comment What's the origin of the idiom “to cut your teeth on something”?
I'd be interested to see the usage in question, which seems very unusual.
May
12
comment A word for a book or list of people that you need to contact
No, the Rolodex (as I remember them) was contact organization only, so maybe not exactly applicable. I do remember my older co-workers at NASA using a pocket calendar to remind them who to call, but keeping the name and phone number (this was pre-email) in their Rolodex so they'd not lose track of it.
Apr
28
comment Relative Clause Extraction from Subordinate Clause - Compare and Contrast These Sentences
I'd be interested to know why this answer was downvoted.
Apr
17
comment Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games
I might suggest CardStack.
Apr
15
comment Polite way to suggest talking about something
A more colloquial way might be "That reminds me of a flying cat - want to hear about it?" More formally "would you like to hear about it?" "It" is the choice if you're talking about a particular flying cat - "Would you like to hear about that?" is better if it's a topic instead of an example.
Mar
4
comment Where would the commas go in a sentence like this?
Good explanation of what I left out!