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Jul
24
comment What is “Gatcha” short for?
@AgustiRoig Almost certainly, unless it's referring to Gatchaman
Jul
22
comment “All roads lead to Rome”
Not really; "All roads lead to Rome" is common enough (and the "All roads lead to" part of the construct uncommon enough) that "All roads lead to <very important part of whatever project you're working on>" will be understood in English. Just remember that it's used conceptually like that, and not as a physical location.
Jul
19
comment What is the best word for a place where programmers work?
"Shop" alone also makes me think of car mechanics.
Jun
28
comment Is it OK to use “empty-handed” on an animal?
@Mari-LouA I'd go with talons for that part of the anatomy, except they don't picks stuff up with them
Jun
25
comment Is there English counterpart(s) to Japanese old saying, “Present salt to your enemy.”?
I'm pretty sure that's still a figurative usage - "standing" there means "social standing", not "standing up"
Jun
23
comment What does “purchasers of a new tablet won’t ‘end up with a doorstop’” mean?
@NateEldredge Y'know, you could fix the grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Like rhetorician did. It's part of why anyone can edit answers on the StackExchange sites.
Jun
22
comment What does “purchasers of a new tablet won’t ‘end up with a doorstop’” mean?
Huh. I don't usually hear "doorstop" used like that. For the intended meaning, the word "paperweight" is more common, isn't it?
Jun
21
comment Unorthodox article placement
I tend to agree with Jim and Paola - as a native speaker, both with and without the that clause can sound correct, but largely on a case-by-case basis. Using it with She is so beautiful a woman sounds awkward to me.
Jun
12
comment Is there a better way to write 'do-it-yourselfer'?
DIY is also very common on the internet in general. I wouldn't be surprised to see/hear it in the US.
Jun
6
comment “having worked” vs “having been working” difference
@JohnM.Landsberg That is sooo nitpicky, I'd -1 your comment if I could..
Apr
19
comment If the plural of ‘man’ is ‘men,’ shouldn’t the plural of ‘German’ be ‘Germen’?
Check out the Chaos poem; English is more frelled than that! (Granted, it's more about pronunciation than pluralization; I think it still makes my point ^_^)
Apr
3
comment What is the difference between “Gay” and “Homosexual"? Is it only by gender?
@JoeZeng There's another that's something like 10 letters long (I know it includes I for "intersex"), but yeah, LGBT concise and easily remembered/recognized and so probably the most often used when trying to be incusive.
Apr
3
comment What is the difference between “Gay” and “Homosexual"? Is it only by gender?
@StoneyB I'm gay, and I use "gay". I dislike "homosexual" because it sounds far too clinical/scientific. Edit note after reading answers: Basically, what Cerberus described (since I'm on the younger side, at 24 years)
Mar
18
comment Is it derogatory or offensive to call a detective a dick?
@KristinaLopez "Wow! You dicks are always trying to get to the bottom of a mystery, aren't you?" - Not necessarily. In that case, most people would probably take it as a sarcastic "You idiots are always...", with an implied "and failing".
Mar
16
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Mar
5
comment Why is a “splash screen” so called?
Rather than water, think of an artist "splashing" a paint bucket over a canvas.
Mar
1
comment Derogatory term for electronic device
Gizmo? Mogwai! (So, I wouldn't usually use it as you suggest. Although I agree it is valid)
Feb
26
comment Why do programmers always use 'we' when really they mean 'me' or 'you'?
+1, pretty much the same for me. "You" is too easily accusative, and "I" is too easily arrogant (even when we don't intend it as such). "We" is a good middle ground - and in a professional setting, is often the only correct term, when multiple people work on the same piece of code.
Feb
18
answered What number bus is that? or What bus number is that?
Feb
18
comment What number bus is that? or What bus number is that?
@AlvinWong I'd omit "number" entirely. I don't care about the bus's unique identifier; I care that it's going to go the route I want to take. "Which route is that [bus]?". Or, because no one cares about the bus's unique identifier when they're waiting for the bus, "Which bus is that?" also implies route number. I have no idea why anyone is considering the bus's unique identification number as a possible answer...