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Jul
28
awarded  Yearling
Jul
24
comment What is a “blow-off answer”?
@AndrewNg Including "off" means to complete the act in question, while not including it means they may or may not have finished the NSFW action.
Jul
24
comment What is a “blow-off answer”?
A note to non-fluent English speakers: "blowing someone off" has another NSFW meaning (that "blow-off answer" does not have), so be careful with how you phrase/search for it.
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
awarded  Citizen Patrol
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)