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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.


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
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
28
comment Was “an unicorn” ever correct?
@Wlerin 1154–1470 indeed. My bad.
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
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.
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.