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Sep
24
comment What is an alternative to “hairy” for things which don't have hair?
Fuzzy definitely seems like a good catch-all. I've heard it used to describe everything from dogs to couches to arm hair!
Sep
11
comment Free meaning “free of charge” vs “unoccupied”
I think the question title is a bit revealing - "free of charge" is not the only meaning of "free". I clicked into this question due to confusion - "free of charge" is completely unrelated to "unoccupied".
Sep
8
comment Collective Noun for Fire
Rash fits perfectly: "a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrences: a rash of forest fires".
Sep
5
comment Is there an idiom to describe someone who is really skinny and whose clothes don't look good on them?
+1 for the only answer so far I've heard before
Sep
1
comment Compressed vs. zipped
@JohnY It's being downvoted because of the blatantly wrong second line: They are not synonyms, as pointed out by just about all the other answers.
Aug
31
comment Compressed vs. zipped
@JohnY People who use "zip" to refer to .rar, .tar.*, and anything else should be actively discouraged, because those formats do different things. Zip, for example, does not support splitting across files as part of the spec the same way as rar files.
Aug
31
comment Compressed vs. zipped
@JohnY I agree with Jay that your analogies are very flawed. What you're effectively saying is that because both a rotary phone and an Android phone are both called "phones", we should have absolutely no trouble playing Angry Birds on the rotary phone.
Aug
31
comment Compressed vs. zipped
@JohnY I have never heard any tech-savvy people refer to anything besides .zip files as "zip files". It's always, always, a "rar file/archive" for .rars, a "tarball" for .tar.gz (and less commonly, .tar, .tar.<other compression>, etc), or, much more rarely, "archive file" if you want a generic term for all of them.
Aug
22
comment Is there a word to describe someone who tends to disagree with others only to upset them?
I especially like how the "disease" meaning easily makes this even worse if used as an insult ;)
Aug
22
answered Is there a word to describe someone who tends to disagree with others only to upset them?
Aug
20
comment Is “what on earth” still commonly used in real life? Is there any alternative that is not cursing or obscene?
"What the devil" should be in there, as well. I'm hoping to see a spike late 80s/early 90s ;)
Aug
20
comment Is “what on earth” still commonly used in real life? Is there any alternative that is not cursing or obscene?
So.. Anyone else also first think of Carmen Sandiego?
Aug
14
comment Dinky cars (toy cars)
@bib I think Kleenex is going that way, though. I (and many in the area I grew up) learned to use "kleenex" for all types of tissues. Ten years later, "tissue" still sounds odd to me.
Aug
14
comment Speak Slower or Speak Slowlier?
+1 - and as a native English speaker, I've also never heard "slowlier" before.
Aug
5
comment Is the word “throwee” acceptable?
@ŠimeVidas In Javascript, primitives are objects: z = 1; z.toString(), So "thrown object" is perfectly valid.
Jul
30
comment “Instable” or “unstable”?
Coming from a CS perspective, I've never heard of an "instable algorithm" before. "Unstable algorithms" (such as an "unstable sort") are common, though.
Jul
28
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Jul
12
comment How to avoid ambiguity in “I am renting an apartment in New York”?
@octern Despite the dictionary definition, colloquial usage is from the perspective of the tenant. It's usually not considered ambiguous.
Jul
12
comment Can you really “See that thing in person”?
Third interpretation: Glasses or contact lenses that tint everything red ;)
Jul
12
comment How to avoid ambiguity in “I am renting an apartment in New York”?
+1 for "renting out"