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Jul
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awarded  Nice Question
Jun
25
comment Why “science fiction” and not “scientific fiction”?
@Derfder: The same thing happens with biological evolution. Unlike is popularly misunderstood, humans are not descended from gorillas; instead humans and gorillas are (distant) cousins. Also commonly misunderstood, gorillas/ape/chimp are not proto-humans, and neither is the vice versa; there are parts (e.g. brain, motor skills in hands) that are more advanced in human while other parts (e.g. strength, motor skill in feets) are more advanced in gorillas. These differences evolves due to different evolutionary pressures. Likewise, languages evolves in different directions due to differing needs.
Jun
25
comment Why “science fiction” and not “scientific fiction”?
@Derfder: Languages always evolves as long as there is new material written in it. There are two directions languages can evolve: becoming simpler or becoming more complex. However, more often both are happening at the same time with certain parts of the language getting simpler while other parts getting more complex, and this evolution can go to different directions in different regions where the language is spoken. There is no objective measure of primitive vs modern language.
Feb
25
revised Usage of “a” and “the” in titles
added 36 characters in body
Feb
25
answered Usage of “a” and “the” in titles
Feb
25
comment Usage of “a” and “the” in titles
I usually see subtitles written with colons instead of a dash.
Nov
4
revised What do you call something that is not first in a sequence?
added 201 characters in body
Nov
4
answered What do you call something that is not first in a sequence?
Oct
4
comment Single-word synonym for a “pedantic rule-follower”?
the most common form of this, AFAICT, is Grammar Nazi.
Oct
1
comment When a sentence starts with “e.g.”, should the e be capitalized?
@RegDwigh: "Your edition made the sentence less interesting," said the Zen Master, and thus the disciple was enlightened.
Oct
1
awarded  Cleanup
Oct
1
revised When a sentence starts with “e.g.”, should the e be capitalized?
rolled back to a previous revision
Jul
21
comment Please, don't - I'm not
@SF.: thing is not all characters necessarily have to have perfect English, especially for characters of foreign origin or lower education, but even as a subtle hint to his deviance of society's norms by an otherwise intelligent character but it may even be just a particular perk of the character or the author, all of which makes up a character. However, I think it's justified to at least to be aware of those awkward forms, and then on to deciding whether or not that should be part of the character.
Jul
21
comment Is it acceptable to nest parentheses?
Judging by that short piece of text, Louis Rubin himself seemed to be showing a fondness of the commas as opposed to parentheses.
Dec
3
comment Is there a formal term for “snail mail”?
"postal mail" might be redundant in the world where only "postal service" provides mailing service. But nowadays when Internet also provides mailing service, IMO it is no longer redundant.
Dec
3
comment Is there a formal term for “snail mail”?
In a world where email is sent much more often than postal mail, I'm sure there will be people, especially younger ones, that would assume that "regular mail" is "email"
Dec
3
comment Is there a formal term for “snail mail”?
does terrestrial mail excludes air mail?
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
Sep
24
comment Noun for “person with intermediate skill”
@jprete: except you'll get strange looks and confused faces from other software developers if you used the phrase "journeyman software developer"
Sep
24
comment Noun for “person with intermediate skill”
hobbyist does not convey skill level at all, instead a hobbyist conveys that the person does not use their skill for as their primary source of income but only as a hobby. An expert in a particular field can be a hobbyist, if they do not make a living from the skill.