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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.


Jun
5
comment An Exocentric compound for Children
In Holland, there are lots of houses with a WC where other houses have a closet: under the stairs.
May
30
comment Is there a verb for remaining silent?
And don't forget the shorter shh!
May
30
comment Is there a verb for remaining silent?
Is "Dim it!" related and used?
May
28
comment Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?
Correct, because a yearly season is not simply marked by Earth's angle regarding the sun.
May
28
comment Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?
"The tropical seasons are broken up into just two: the wet season and the dry season." - Don't they have Spring and Fall?
May
28
comment Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?
That one is more common than "equinoctial" since around 1940.
May
28
comment Is there a word which describes being unable to see the stars because of the brightness of the moon?
They don't change in actual brightness, though.
May
27
comment Is there a verb for remaining silent?
Refusal is the only thing i could think of; silencing and quieting require an object.
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
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.