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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*


Sep
29
awarded  Yearling
Sep
15
comment What does “amletic” mean?
I observe that the construction "I have a doubt about X" [meaning "I have a question about X"] is already into variant-English territory; I've never heard native speakers of Am or BrEng say that.
Jul
30
answered A phrase for “extremely bad luck”
Jul
24
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
24
accepted Bonus points, only negative
Jul
24
comment Bonus points, only negative
@DaveMagner Hence 'additional demerits' instead of just 'demerits'. But that phrase has the connotations I want.
Jul
23
comment Bonus points, only negative
@djechlin This is actually for a book review, not for student work.
Jul
23
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
22
comment Bonus points, only negative
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.
Jul
22
asked Bonus points, only negative
Jul
12
answered What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?
Jul
6
revised Why is this sentence incorrect?
additional example, smart quotes
Jul
6
answered Tolerance for or to
Jul
4
comment If Atheism is the rejection of all deities 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.
Jul
4
comment If Atheism is the rejection of all deities 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 )
Jun
25
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.
Jun
25
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
25
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.
Jun
25
accepted Why can’t you say “I fell the stairs”?
Jun
25
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)