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Oct
14
comment Etymology of a “pegged CPU”
That's it, when this question is asked I'm an old man.
Oct
13
comment Why did Old Testament scholars choose to employ “to know” in a sexual sense?
@AndrewLazarus: Thank you for mentioning that, it might make things clearer for those who don't speak Hebrew. If you say "אני יודע אותה" there is no confusion: you mean that you have had sexual relations. In the non-sexual sense it would be "אני מכיר אותה".
Oct
7
comment Why is the word “Holy” used before swear words?
Excrement is not holy? Excrement is derived from food, and some cultures pray before consuming food. For those people, those same materials in the excrement were blessed only hours previous.
Oct
7
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
25
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
23
comment Hypernym of “move” and “copy”
@Raestloz: I'm not sure about that, especially on ext4 where the inode could just point from a different directory. You are right in the case of transferring a file from one filesystem to another, though. But that is right only from the perspective of how the filesystem works. Using the cp flag -a for instance preserves the atime, mtime, and other attributes so the end result is "as if" the file was never in any other location.
Sep
23
comment Hypernym of “move” and “copy”
I came here to post this. See this relevant KDE bug report.
Sep
12
awarded  Civic Duty
Sep
12
revised Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
Remove remark which makes the post appear to be from the OP.
Sep
12
suggested suggested edit on Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
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