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Jun
22
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@psmears: in those cases you pointed out, they are used for size/magnitude, which is always positive (therefore there are no confusion that can be caused by negative numbers). Although, I wouldn't be surprised that in a 3000 years old subject like mathematics there are people that abused the terms and misused terms that become popular (especially because most mathematicians does not dabble in language lawyering and terms and notations are abused all the time, for instance, there is nothing "real" about "real numbers", they aren't more or less real than any other types of numbers).
Jun
22
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: where have you been looking? Other than your own personal convictions and disbelief, how do you justify your belief that smaller is the comparator of choice? First you refused less than on the ground that it is rarely used outside the realm of mathematics, and now you accused that NGram results for less than is not about numbers; then how do you explain that less than is two orders of magnitude more prevalent than smaller number and an order of magnitude more than both smaller than and lower than?
Jun
14
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Jun
12
comment Word for “ability to hide complexity”
@pageman: I give up trying to convince you. 3 people gave me thumbs up for my original comments, and there are two thumbs up on two my other comments, meanwhile none on any of yours; that means there are at least 3 people who agreed with me, and you know what, you are correct, we are all confused, all four of us are wrong.
Jun
10
comment Word for “ability to hide complexity”
@pageman: how do I contradict myself? I said '"obfuscate" is closer to "ability to hide simplicity"' and then I said 'obfuscating is a synonym of hiding simplicity'? I think you're totally confused of the meaning of the word.
Jun
9
comment Word for “ability to hide complexity”
@pageman: obfuscating is not a synonym of hiding/concealing. obfuscating is a synonym of hiding simplicity. obfuscating complexity is a weird expression trying to say hiding simplicity complexity, which doesn't make sense even if you make it grammatical. Without any additional adjectives, obfuscated something already carries the connotation of being more complex than something itself; while obfuscate complexity is merely redundant obfuscate simplicity is bizzare. See, dictionary.reference.com/browse/obfuscate to get a sense of the word.
Jun
9
comment Word for “ability to hide complexity”
@pageman: I think you're getting it wrong; "obfuscate" by itself, means taking something which is simple and make it more complex or appear more complex than it actually is. Obfuscation may be used to conceal data/information, but there are methods of concealing information that are not obfuscation. You can't obfuscate simplicity nor obfuscate complexity, they does not make sense.
Jun
8
comment Word for “ability to hide complexity”
I think the meaning of "obfuscate" is closer to "ability to hide simplicity"
Jun
8
comment Does the letter C serve any unique purpose?
Suppose that we're eliminating "C", how do you propose we spell "chair"?
Jun
8
answered What do you call a group of people that move a lot?
Jun
5
comment How can I write out 1.5?
Occasionally nought and ought are heard for zero, I think that depends on where you're coming from; nought is quite common around here in Sydney, although I personally don't particularly quite liked it.
May
26
answered How to properly write sentence with double words
May
26
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: Fair enough, lesser is a word; though I'm still not convinced that it is correct nor common to use lesser number than when comparing numbers. It is triple redundant.
May
26
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FubmleFingers: at least in a mathematician's POV, "lower" and "smaller" has no well-defined meaning; only less and greater has well defined meaning when comparing numbers. I'd personally suggest the OP to ask whoever wrote the sentence what they actually mean when they wrote that.
May
26
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: The problem is that "lesser" is used by neither mathematicians nor regular people; I'd probably argue that it's not even a word. The second problem is that you can construct any evidence on NGram by carefully choosing "less/lower/smaller", "less number/lower number/smaller number", "less than/lower than/smaller than", etc. Third, the OP italicized only the "lower" and "smaller" not "lower number" or "smaller number", therefore your interpretation of the question is not the privileged interpretation either. Lastly, "less number" is redundant as "less" usually implies numbers.
May
26
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: NGram is deceiving; lesser is non-grammatical or at least very uncommon in mathematics or everyday life as "less" already implies a comparison. See my edit.
May
26
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May
22
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22
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