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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.


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."
May
30
answered A phrase for “to get heavily involved in something”
May
7
comment A word for a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
Groaner: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groaner
Apr
28
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
22
comment To know something “inside out” or “inside and out”?
Interestingly enough, to my American ears, saying 'I know it inside out' (omitting 'and') sounds strange. It comes across as 'I know it the reverse of the way one normally knows it.' Also a personal view, for what it's worth.
Apr
1
comment Can a book have a feeling?
A near-perfect example of an anthropomorphic metaphor: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropomorphism
Mar
27
comment What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?
If the intent is to evade a direct answer or statement, then doublespeak would be my answer. But if the intent is to waste time, then I'm not sure it fits.
Mar
12
comment Etymological analysis of swearwords
On the one hand, I really want to read some interesting answers to this. On the other hand, I have to ask, is this on topic here?