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I speak UK English with a slight scottish twist


Dec
14
comment “An” average of vs. “The” average of
In general yes, but somehow I feel more comfortable with 6 rather than 5.
Dec
14
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Dec
13
comment What's the name for those times when your attempts to get a task done right eventually get you to momentarily perform increasingly worse?
I've heard the phrase "performance fatigue" used for this but I'm failing to find a decent cite.
Dec
12
comment What is the origin of the phrase “Top of the morning to you”?
I notice you say "now" - my Galway father-in-law is heading for 80 and uses it so it may be his generation.
Dec
12
answered What is the origin of the phrase “Top of the morning to you”?
Dec
11
answered Usage of the definite articles with personal names
Dec
3
comment Word for inaccessible neighbour of a node in a graph
Maybe he means a directed graph? + 1 for nontraversible
Nov
30
revised Can you find a noun for the word “diminish”?
added 43 characters in body
Nov
30
answered Can you find a noun for the word “diminish”?
Nov
30
comment Can a word that sounds the same as the way it is spelt be an initialism and an acronym?
Doh! (slaps head).
Nov
30
comment Can a word that sounds the same as the way it is spelt be an initialism and an acronym?
Context and local practice are the key. The software product CICS is pronounced "kicks" in the UK, spelled out as C.I.C.S in the US and pronounced as "cheeks" in Italy for example.
Nov
30
comment Difference between “spicy” and “hot”
+1 onomatomaniak. My Pocket OED defines piquant as "agreeably pungent, stimulating". I doubt anyone would apply that to a Thai red curry or a phal. "Hot ..(of pepper &c.) pungent" - note the lack of "agreeably". Note also that Scoville gives Scoville Heat Units so that rather argues against the wikipedia article.
Nov
29
comment Is “A Project Guide to UX Design” correct grammar?
I'm not up to date with UX and hadn't appreciated that "UX design" is an accepted term. I'm more used to terms like "user-centric design". Since it's a book for a target market I accept that the target market's ability to resolve the terms trumps my parsing of it. Since experience can be either a noun or a verb I find it's positioning sub-optimal in general terms.
Nov
29
answered Is “A Project Guide to UX Design” correct grammar?
Nov
29
comment What do you call the sound produced when baying?
And it's quite a specific sound as well. I would not say that bay is a subtype of bark. I read barking primarily as a warning/aggressive sound whereas baying is an excited encouragement to the pack.
Nov
29
comment Present perfect continuous and “for”
Only if you use "knowing" in the biblical sense.
Nov
29
comment A science-verb? Sciencing?
"Verbing weirds language" Calvin & Hobbes
Nov
29
comment When to use inverted word-order like “great an option”?
Possibly also OP missed an "an" -- i.e. it was "That is great as an option". I can visualize that for example in the context of building a menu.
Nov
26
answered “The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything”
Nov
26
answered Word for the product of a challenge