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I'm a self-teaching geek. teaching because that process is far from over. I don't know a ton, but what I know, I'll share, and I won't answer a question if I'm not confident I'm correct.


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comment Which is correct: “home in” or “hone in”?
Homing requires a signal drawing you to a destination. As in a laser designator on the target, or a source of radio emissions. If there is no such source, how do you home in on the target?
Feb
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comment Which is correct: “home in” or “hone in”?
@FumbleFingers: I didn't respond or draw my comment from World Wide Words, but it is correct, and at least in the military community, it is the more common usage.
Jul
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comment How to join the conclusion to the sentence?
@Brian Nixon: One could argue a lot of things. I would argue that common usage does not mean correct usage, for example. You might disagree. In this case, I'm arguing that simply using a word in a sentence as a verb does not make it a verb. Common enough usage does modify the language, but VPN is hardly commonly used this way, even among the rather small set of people who know what it is and what it's for.
Jul
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comment How to join the conclusion to the sentence?
I hear you. but I work in the subject area. Common and correct are not the same thing.
Jul
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comment What is this kind of literature called?
No, bt the terminology for television was begun from magazine anthologies. It is the same terminology. And most is a very relative term. most scifi serials don't have the same author. And I would argue that the majority of current serials are in that genre.
Jul
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comment “Do you want to live forever?”
Such as it is, @RiMMER, Jon Purdy is right. That is the literal interpretation of the two phrases. In this case, however, I don't think the literal embodies the intent of the speaker.
Jul
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comment What is this kind of literature called?
@FumbleFingers: Many science fiction serials were written my multiple authors. What makes a serial is the continuation of the story line and characters. That is why TV episodes anthologies are called a series.
Jul
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answered How to join the conclusion to the sentence?
Jul
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comment How to join the conclusion to the sentence?
I have a bigger issue with this sentence. When did VPN become a verb? IMHO, the correct form should read:
Jul
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comment Why do some English speakers pronounce “fête” as “fate”?
Interesting. I've only heard it as fet, even in London. Don't really remember who I heard it from or what the background was.
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answered What do you call a single “shot” or “explosion” in a firework?
Jul
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comment What is a carpenter if he doesn't carpent?
Harrold: Any relation to Mark?
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answered British English equivalent of American English Internship
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comment What is the reasoning behind the “urban” slang word “tight” coming to mean “cool/great/slick”?
Definitely was sexual in my neighborhood.
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awarded  Commentator
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comment Why do some English speakers pronounce “fête” as “fate”?
@Hippietrail: Who's reasoning? What does that comment relate to?
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comment Which is correct: “home in” or “hone in”?
Perhaps those of you who have heard it used incorrectly, are hearing persons who have heard it used in that context, and are confusing the two separate expressions?