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I speak UK English with a slight scottish twist


Aug
20
comment “Firstname” or “First Name”?
+1. The second factor is an easy trap to fall into into Visual Studio and some other IDEs as you type a variable called firstname, a SQL column called firstname, a form field called firstname so when you apply the label to the form field it's so easy to type firstname instead of "First name".
Aug
20
comment What is the best way to say that something was done in teamwork?
+1 but <nitpick> principal author </nitpick>
Aug
20
comment What's the word for the property of being divisible by a particular number?
It doesn't make sense unless the term includes the divisor (e.g. 2) as every number is divisible by itself and 1. Unless you mean prime/non-prime
Aug
20
comment Word for an object's “desire”
I intend to use this word at the first opportunity - thanks.
Aug
4
comment Is it proper to use “the” before the name of a government organization?
@TimLymington - sorry I misread. My reading of the linked discussion led me to believe that "I am a student at U of I [University of Illinois]" meant they would drop the article before University but that doesn't seem correct on rereading
Aug
3
comment Is it proper to use “the” before the name of a government organization?
Yes but that seems to be a specific US usage for universities. I'm UK and wasn't really aware of this.
Aug
3
comment Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
Flattery will get you anywhere!
Aug
3
comment Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
"Muse factor"? Considering both the verb and noun meanings of the word.
Aug
3
comment Is it proper to use “would” here?
+1 - as a coder I'd prefer the "would" version as it signals that the requirement may not be accepted/ justified/ cost effective. In CICS development we'd often flag code as "NREL"ed - "Next RELease" when someone is changing the code for other reasons then do this change while you're there.
Aug
3
comment Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?
+1 as it has me thinking ;-)
Jul
27
comment Accurate British English term for an oblong deck from shore out into a lake where you tie your rowing boat
From the dictionary link above - a jetty "projects into a body of water to influence the current or tide". It's a more substantial thing than the OP.
Jul
27
comment What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?
I'd also add that "down to you" can also mean "you have to do it/it's your responsibility".
Jul
26
comment Punctuating a phrase leading up to a question
But "Let us pose the question" does? I've seen it with colons after that and for some reason a period after "Let us pose the following question."
Jul
26
comment What is the subject of the following sentence?
"that involves" is establishing a restrictive condtion on "adverse reactions (to an otherwise harmless food or food component)" and as such should match the reactions which is plural.
Jul
10
comment What is the factual basis for “pirate speech”? (Did pirates really say things like “shiver me timbers”?)
It's supposed to be a Bristol accent. Which leads to the joke: Q -Why do people from Bristol sound like pirates? A- because they aaaaarrrrrrr!
Jul
10
comment Definite article: Subject verb agreement
cf "The husband and wife greet the guest at the door." Even in these modern days the husband and wife are rarely the same person.
Apr
15
comment What does “to spit a rat” mean?
Personally I use the variant "as far as I could happily spit a rat". Not sure where I heard it.
Apr
15
comment Is the sentence “Whose your daddy” interchangeable with “Who's your daddy”?
bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/…
Apr
15
comment Is the verb 'let' transitive or intransitive?
Yes, it should of course be "let me know" and is then obviously transitive. +1
Apr
15
comment What is the noun to refer to the 64- or 32-bit -ness of an operating system
+1 for Jim's comment. As an example of how complex it can be have a look at the history of IBM's XA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_System/370 warning - contains more than 100% of your RDA of WTFs.