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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 – )

"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.


May
27
answered Is there a verb for remaining silent?
Apr
29
comment What’s wrong with “After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it from”?
It can so be done.
Apr
29
comment What’s wrong with “After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it from”?
You can so hang fire from a tree.
Apr
29
comment What’s wrong with “After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it from”?
It can so logically refer to a fire.
Apr
11
revised What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
forgot to quote
Apr
11
comment What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Not quite. Do you have a source for that?
Apr
11
answered What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Apr
9
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
I'm sure there are manual jobs that take a lot of skill, but little knowledge, like balancing a load of bricks on one's head.
Apr
8
comment Small change, big difference
Let's eat grandma!
Mar
18
awarded  Critic
Mar
18
comment Are there sentences in languages which use grammatical gender that lose meaning when translated into English?
"Like all fangirls."
Feb
20
answered Is this translation of a joke grammatically correct?
Nov
12
comment Is “substract” (versus “subtract”) a proper word?
But that's because "sous" means "sub". "Souterrain" must've lobbed it off to make it sound better.
May
24
awarded  Scholar
May
24
accepted Pluralizing shortened words
May
24
comment Pluralizing shortened words
makins was more popular than makin's from 1800 to 1890 and 1975 to 1983, but lost ground to makin's since 1997. Yet Google Books couldn't find makin'. Silly search engines.
May
24
comment Pluralizing shortened words
Yes, but it was mostly the only example i could easily come up with.
May
22
awarded  Student
May
22
comment Pluralizing shortened words
I'd add this link to show the history and popularity of all disputed terms, and this one to note that "regs" still means "regulations".
May
22
comment Pluralizing shortened words
I'd accept that as an answer.