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"Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical." ~ Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)

"Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding." ~ Abraham Kaplan (1918 – 1993), The Conduct of Inquiry: Methodology for Behavioral Science, 1964, page 28.

"All that is complex is not useful; all that is useful is simple." ~ Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919 – 2013)

"The cost of a mistake is the time required to correct it. With powerful languages and good programming environments, this cost can be greatly reduced. Programming style can then depend less on planning and more on exploration." ~ Paul Graham (1964 – ), ANSI Common Lisp, 1995.


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awarded  Notable Question
Oct
20
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
Also related: youtube.com/watch?v=u9_kahA_wQo
Oct
17
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
@mskfisher "Let's eat grandma." vs. "Let's eat, grandma." - Punctuation (defined by grammar) saves lives, as is thus not "frivolous and unnecessary".
Oct
17
revised Is there one term for grammar, punctuation and spelling?
added 201 characters in body
Oct
17
answered Is there one term for grammar, punctuation and spelling?
Oct
8
comment Why are ferries associated with “boat” and never “ship”?
A classic "pirate ship" conflicts with point 7 as it doesn't have engines.
Sep
29
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@PeterShor Then why does Wikipedia say the Shift took place between 1350 and 1700, and not 1840?
Sep
29
awarded  Yearling
Sep
29
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
29
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@Wlerin 1154–1470 indeed. My bad.
Sep
28
accepted Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
Sep
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@Wlerin final -n in many verbal forms (infinitive, plural subjunctive, plural preterite) was lost, e.g. OE cuman > Modern English come (the n remains in some past participles of strong verbs: seen, gone, taken); final -n also lost in possessive adjectives "my" (OE min > ME mi) and "thy" (OE þin > ME þi) and indefinite article "an" before words beginning with consonant (-n remained in the possessive pronouns, e.g. mine)
Sep
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
Are you sure? This page seems to indicate "a" came after 1611.
Sep
28
asked Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
Sep
25
comment Word for “sitting down heavily?”
Everybody do the flop!
Jul
25
comment Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)
@JohnPeyton SSHing or ssh-ing.
Jul
25
answered Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)
Jun
17
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