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Hello, my name is Zachary Weinberg. I go by “Zack,” except on paper. Pleased to meet you.

I’m about thirty-five years old, and I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. I do computer security research at CMU.

I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A JOB. DO NOT CONTACT ME WITH ANY SORT OF JOB OFFER. I regret the bluntness and ALLCAPSNESS of the previous statement, but this account has become a principal source of the recruitment spam I get, and anything short of a flat-out upfront NO is completely ineffective. *waves old man cane at clouds*


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comment Bonus points, only negative
@DaveMagner Hence 'additional demerits' instead of just 'demerits'. But that phrase has the connotations I want.
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@djechlin This is actually for a book review, not for student work.
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I'm going to leave this open a couple days in case something even better comes along, but I think "additional demerits" is pretty much what I wanted.
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answered What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?
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revised Why is this sentence incorrect?
additional example, smart quotes
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answered Tolerance for or to
Jul
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comment If Atheism is the rejection of all religions equally what is the polar opposite?
WP also suggests "omnism" as more closely corresponding to the word the OP wants, but it's not a word I had previously heard of.
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comment If Atheism is the rejection of all religions equally what is the polar opposite?
Note that this word is more often used in a different sense, the notion that God is the totality of everything that exists. (The linked dictionary definition seems to be missing this sense, unless that's what they meant by sense 1; anyhow, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheism )
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comment Why can’t you say “I fell the stairs”?
@curiousdannii around these parts, tchrist consistently speaks with great apparent authority from a profound and willful ignorance of modern linguistics. Just ignore him.
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comment Why can’t you say “I fell the stairs”?
I used to hang with a bunch of construction grammarians; that theory has sort of the opposite problem, being too flexible (also, while I think it's not as bad as anything Chomsky's put out there, it too has at best only a handwavey connection to things neurons might plausibly be doing). I do agree that the decomposition of (many) action verbs into method + consequence components seems like it has legs.
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accepted Why can’t you say “I fell the stairs”?
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comment Why can’t you say “I fell the stairs”?
... but I could equally complain about the tortured sentence structure diagrams on page one if I wanted ... anyway, leaving the analysis aside, the description of bipartite verbs strictly as phenomenon is well-done, and I like your answer to my original question a lot better than any of the others; it gets at why one construction is intransitive and the other not. (2/2)
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comment Why can’t you say “I fell the stairs”?
I tend to think that X-bar theory is complete bullshit -- by which I mean both that I don't for a moment believe that it describes any part of the actual mechanism used by the brain to process language, and that as an abstract model it's ridiculously impoverished, such that its adherents have to pile epicycles on top of it if they're serious about capturing real language phenomena. That article is a beautiful demonstration of the latter complaint - the whole "this restriction to Germanic verbs isn't really a morphophonological constraint" nonsense most obviously... (1/2)
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comment What are the effects of the passive voice other than changing emphasis?
It can also be used to emphasize responsibility: "The building was torn down by the mayor's brother's demolitions company."
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comment “When I was in college…” Do you really mean college? Or university?
There are exceptions in the other direction as well: for instance, none of the institutions called "California State University, [city name]" offer PhDs. (Some of them do have masters' programs. This distinction is enshrined in state law: only the "University of California, [city name]" institutions are allowed to have PhD programs. I don't know if CSU institutions can have medical schools or similar.)