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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.


Apr
11
comment What's a “brace” in the expression “brace yourself”?
Not quite. Do you have a source for that?
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
comment Are there sentences in languages which use grammatical gender that lose meaning when translated into English?
"Like all fangirls."
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
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
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.
Aug
21
comment The married man with an affinity
@DanNeely, that's an example sentence.
Aug
20
comment The married man with an affinity
con·text: noun 1. the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context. "The married man" as opposed to "the man" implies that the rest of the sentence refers to marriage.
Aug
20
comment Does “yar” (or “yarr” or “yargh”) in Pirate English imply an affirmative?
@StoneyB, good catch. I've sent Cassidy an email about that.
May
31
comment 'pick' as an alternative for 'pick up' (transport)
It makes sense, though. Picking apples from a tree and picking people from a station. The direction doesn't matter unless they've fallen and can't walk.
May
30
comment What is the best term to categorize a lolcat image and text?
I've clarified it for you, Avner.
Dec
7
comment Is there a word for a non-geek?
It wasn't clear whether my edit would go through, so I'll just comment here that it's his/hers/its.
Oct
25
comment Difference between “election fraud”, “electoral fraud” and “voter fraud”
Yet it would have to be statistically significant before it can sway the outcome, something that didn't even happen in the 2000 Florida vote. In any case, the obvious difference to me is that "voter fraud" refers to voters, whereas "election fraud" refers to the election, which is set up by the government.
Oct
25
comment Difference between “election fraud”, “electoral fraud” and “voter fraud”
But what if it is only a voter who cheated? Like in this case: usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2011/07/29/… Election fraud sounds like the whole election was compromised.
Oct
25
comment Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior
I think the manipulated and property owners would disagree with you, @DJClayworth.
Oct
24
comment Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior
"Antisocial" works until it's a group of assholes socializing at the expense of others.
Oct
24
comment Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior
If he or she means to be rude, then perhaps "mean" would fit better.