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Aug
15
comment “Take a photo” — why “take”?
@RegDwigнt: Thank you, that is an interesting read and influences my opinion of the subject! However though I agree that "lady" today no longer means "provider of bread", I still take the conservative approach of "drag on the etymological definition as long as possible" as opposed to the liberal social-media we-don't-learn-just-repeat-what-we-hear approach of "a word means whatever I want it to mean because I didn't understand it the first time I heard it".
Aug
14
comment “Take a photo” — why “take”?
@RegDwigнt: I disagree that "No word really means anything in and of itself", at least not in the sense that it seems that you've applied it arbitrarily to all languages. In Hebrew at least all words have a root, and one can know the verb by the root. For instance, לצלם a picture, the root is צלם which is the word for "image" as in "Man was created in the image of God". The root is ancient but in fact many roots can be found to have phonetic meanings, and almost certainly even those whose phonetic meanings are today not known, had them at some point in the past.
Aug
10
awarded  Yearling
Jul
31
comment What is the opposite of an Epiphany?
This would better be posted as a comment, not an answer. Actually, it looks like somebody already has.
Jul
28
comment word: fridges that keep things hot (and not cold)
I'd been to Tromso once and let me tell you, every fridge there keeps the food warmer than outside!
Jul
21
comment What is the difference between a 'rocket' and a 'missile'
Actually, this is correct. By the terms that I am familiar with: Reaction engines (propulsion by means of forced expulsion), of which jet engines are a subtype (high speed jet of fluid), of which rockets are a subtype (only propellent mass, i.e. no external air, used to form the jet).
Jun
26
comment What's the word for paper “decaying”?
@FumbleFingers: You are absolutely correct. The compound itself was obviously named after the animal with which it shares a colour! Thus the contrived usage of Latin "Ferrum" as opposed to simply "Iron".
Jun
26
comment What's the word for paper “decaying”?
@FumbleFingers: Perhaps the animal is so named due to its colour being so similar to the colour of rust. A plausible etymology if I ever heard one.
Jun
18
comment Should I use past tense or present tense when writing check-in/commit comment?
Use Biblical tense. And I will strike down upon the exploit with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to SQL inject and pawn my brothers.
Jun
17
awarded  Caucus
Jun
3
comment An idiom for a stupid action which is beneficial in the end, or for the person who performed said action
@PeterBagnall: I'm not sure, but if I come across an answer I'll get back to you. The Hebrew "יותר מזל משכל" could be translated to "more luck than judgement" as well.
May
29
answered An idiom for a stupid action which is beneficial in the end, or for the person who performed said action
May
29
comment A more effective way to say, “Sorry, I was wrong”
I wish that I could +1 this twice.
May
29
awarded  Popular Question
May
10
comment A way of describing the lesbian parent that is not pregnant?
I would just address those concerns and comments when someone makes them, rather than try to pre-emptively preclude them with awkward terminology.
May
9
comment A way of describing the lesbian parent that is not pregnant?
@user1068446: What is wrong with 'Here's the expectant mother!'?
May
4
comment Any word for “made by combining parts of many things”?
This is the word that I came to post. It means exactly what the OP asks.
May
1
comment Singular of “dice”
If we were referring to throwing a die, we would definitely call it D6, etc. But if it just rolled away or needed to be referred to in general, "die" was the word. "Ouch, I just stepped on a die!"
Apr
30
comment Singular of “dice”
I suppose that it could be, but at least my DM did not do anything archaic for the sake of old times, at least as far as I could tell. Of course, that was 20 years ago so maybe I didn't know to identify it then.
Apr
30
comment Singular of “dice”
Why the downvote? If I can improve the question, then please let me know how.