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Apr
6
comment Is it a coincidence when the two things do not coincide?
@jxh I have no idea what I've said that would make that unclear, but let me try... A coincidence is when an unlikely random outcome leads to two things being the same. A ____ is when an unlikely random outcome leads to two things being different. Most of the suggestions so far are the union of those two sets, just words for unlikely outcomes.
Apr
5
comment Is it a coincidence when the two things do not coincide?
All of those seem to be similar in that they also describe coincidences.
Apr
5
comment Is it a coincidence when the two things do not coincide?
Anomaly is a superset of coincidence. I'm looking for anomaly-that-doesnt-involve-coinciding
Apr
5
comment Is it a coincidence when the two things do not coincide?
@DanBron that would include coincidences, though
Apr
5
asked Is it a coincidence when the two things do not coincide?
Mar
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Mar
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Mar
9
answered Is there a phrase for the night before a weekday?
Mar
9
asked Is there a phrase for the night before a weekday?
Jan
14
comment Origin of “let's take it offline”
Thanks, Sven. Your quote from Eric Raymond is the closest to a real answer to this question.
Jan
14
comment Origin of “let's take it offline”
I found this question after encountering this phrase in common use at a new job, having never heard it used this way before. The crazy part is that sometimes you take a conversation "offline" from a face to face meeting to an internet chat room.
Apr
14
comment Why do “supposed” and “expected” both have similar dual meanings of assumed/predicted or obligated?
@JohnLawler I'd wager my education and grasp of the English language is in the top 10%, and I've never heard or seen the word 'deontic' before, nor have I ever heard 'modal' applied to language (only to software dialogs). You're talking about things not covered in many college level courses, let alone middle school (where one might encounter algebra).
Apr
14
comment Why do “supposed” and “expected” both have similar dual meanings of assumed/predicted or obligated?
@JohnLawler expecting me to know the words "modal" and "deontic" when searching for an answer to this problem is ridiculous.
Apr
14
comment Why do “supposed” and “expected” both have similar dual meanings of assumed/predicted or obligated?
@JohnLawler that's an excellent answer. Why post as a comment instead of an answer?
Apr
13
asked Why do “supposed” and “expected” both have similar dual meanings of assumed/predicted or obligated?
Sep
16
comment Meaning of “nine-to-five kind of person”?
I've never heard this phrase used in the context of avoiding overtime or work/life separation. In my experience, it has always referred to the type of job being a "normal" job, rather than something interesting or unpredictable.
Jul
7
comment What does “vanilla” mean in the context of gaming?
Battlegrounds added new zones, new game mechanics, new user interface elements. In what way was it not an expansion pack?
Jul
7
comment What does “vanilla” mean in the context of gaming?
Battlegrounds was the first expansion pack.
May
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May
7
comment What does Twain mean by “tares” in the last sentence in a letter to Walt Whitman?
@MichaelOwenSartin tares probably are legumes... that doesn't stop them from looking like wheat in a field in a certain state of ripeness.