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I'm an Australian software engineer and tweet as lisa dp.

Having followed Spolsky and Atwood's podcasts from when Stack Overflow (and the entire Stack Exchange) was just a twinkle in their eyes, I'm truly impressed at just how well it works. In time, we'll realise just how revolutionary Stack Overflow is/was.

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Nov
7
answered “Raspyness” vs “raspy-ness”
Nov
7
comment Word/phrase to mean something that just happens once
Similarly the phrase "You only live once"... despite what James Bond would tell you imdb.com/title/tt0062512
Nov
3
answered Why does “His to lose” mean “He will (most) likely win?
Nov
3
comment How should a (North American) Native English Speaker prounounce the word 'Afrikaans'?
'Ee talian' is the correct pronunciation in English too! I learnt as a kid through humiliation never to say 'Eye talian'!
Sep
28
answered A pedant's plea for a proper pun
Sep
28
awarded  Critic
Sep
28
comment A pedant's plea for a proper pun
If I can have several windows open on my desktop or just one window, then clearly it's a plural. It's only singular when you're talking about the MS product.
Sep
28
comment Verb agreement with “what”
I think you're asking about the verb agreement with "aman and his son" not "what".
Sep
20
comment What is the origin of the idiom “let something rip”?
I must say, I've always associated the turn of phrase with descriptions of farting. Thus, I always imagined it described the ripping of the seat of ones pants from the force.
Sep
20
comment Can I say “Draw a triangle around the strawberry”?
100% of native literate English speakers will interpret this the way you want.
Sep
20
comment Is using “have” better than using “got” in the following sentence?
But you can use it if you meant "received" or "obtained". Thus in "I just got my license yesterday" got means received and in "I just got the MP4 file" got means downloaded or obtained. Obviously a specific term like "downloaded" is more detailed and useful.
Sep
20
comment Pronunciation of “of”
@ Claudiu Or "cream o' the crop" or "ring a ring o' roses". @Kosmonaut But hopefully never written "heard've". Just "I've heard of 'im".
Sep
20
comment I'd rather not [do something] vs I'd prefer not to [do something]
Yep! We love using the old English words to add punch and immediacy. Old French and Latin words lack immediacy and add officiousness :)
Sep
20
comment More formal way to say “follow up”
With regard to...
Sep
20
answered I'd rather not [do something] vs I'd prefer not to [do something]
Sep
6
comment Omitting “is”, like in “I think it strange”
I'm not sure about this. Seems to be that the "is" is just ommitted per Robusto's idea of an ellipsis. For example "I think it strange" means "I think it is strange" and "I think her quite strange" means "I think she is quite strange" and it's used by writers/speakers because it's more succinct (i.e. quicker and conveys just as much information). So the missing word is "is". If you were less sure and though it was only possibly strange you'd have to use the full construction "I think it may be strange".
Aug
24
comment Is “denormalized” a word?
Ugh. Why don't you just say "make consistent". Sure it's two words but it's going to be a hell of a lot easier to read at the end of a long day. And surely that's what good writing is about.
Aug
24
comment Is “denormalized” a word?
'Denormalize' or 'denormalise' are both fine, just like 'deserialize' and 'deserialise'. And you can definitely put any of these in the past tense by adding 'd'. My web spell checker has just red-underlined all four of these words which I'll ignore. Deserialisation is clearly a core concept in any discussion about persistence of digital information. Spell checkers just don't know that!
Aug
24
comment Is “thankyou” acceptable as a single word?
Still, highly literate Anglophones do make this mistake a lot!
Aug
24
comment A word that means "un-waning''
I agree this is the best answer to the question in the title :) Too bad it's not what the questioner meant to ask.