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A former math teacher for 10 years, converted to Software Engineering just a few years ago. Enjoy woodworking, kayaking, hiking, and geocaching.


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comment What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?
It seems like we now need a question on travel.se, as to what items are common as souvenirs in certain locales, yet virtually unheard of as such in other locales.
Oct
21
comment What's the difference in meaning between “evidence” and “proof”?
This green apple is evidence that all Ravens are black. It is not proof. More of a side-bar, then a direct relation to your question.
Oct
21
comment What's the difference in meaning between “evidence” and “proof”?
Suggested reading: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven_paradox
Oct
11
awarded  Yearling
Sep
16
comment What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?
Let us coin the term 'ellipsize.' (verb: to truncate a phrase and subsequently add an ellipsis)
Sep
9
answered Is there a phrase to describe a ready-to-throw-away phone?
Jul
28
comment Sentence in which “its” and “it's” can be interchanged without changing the meaning?
I've this suspicion that, once you ask your friend for a spoiler, you will get an answer similar to one of the famous g-r-y riddles. fun-with-words.com/word_gry_angry_hungry.html. It is a riddle after all.
Jul
10
comment What is the difference between “any” or ”every”?
To clarify, you are asking whether "The system is deterministic if any two runs produce the same result" is logically equivalent to "The system is deterministic is every run produces the same result." Is this correct?
Jul
10
answered Synomyns for undoable
Jul
7
comment Term for words like Snowmageddon, Nipplegate and even cheeseburger?
I can't believe this isn't already linked: xkcd.com/739
Jul
7
accepted So [X] it's [opposite of X]
Jul
7
comment So [X] it's [opposite of X]
Accepting due to these these words only: "there isn’t a special Greek name for this one".
Jun
25
comment So [X] it's [opposite of X]
@FumbleFingers: I agree! Rocky Horror is just plain bad. Chinese Cresteds are just plain ugly. And as long as done in moderation, one should fully enjoy brownies. But the construction still exists, I am just trying to put a name on it.
Jun
25
revised So [X] it's [opposite of X]
added link to chiasmus wikipedia
Jun
25
asked So [X] it's [opposite of X]
Jun
25
comment Why Côte d’Ivoire ⇒ Ivory Coast but Costa Rica ⇏ Rich Coast?
Tradition. Habit.
Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
Jun
16
answered The opposite of 'Mutual admiration society'
Jun
9
answered A word for a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
Jun
9
comment A word for a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
Interesting. I viewed the wiki, but I had always heard that the origin of this term was a story of a very destitute man seeing signs around town, "Lost, shaggy dog, reward $25,000" and then soon finding one shaggy dog. The story teller then takes you through many mis-adventures the man has getting to the address on the signs, with the man persevering due to the chance to finally get back on his feet and out of his misery via the reward money. When he knocks on the door, the person who answers says, "That's not our dog."