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 Jul13 comment Is “if any problem, please call me” grammatical? Problems? Call XXX-XXX-XXX. Jul13 comment “Picking up your litter puts road-workers at risk” — is this strangely-worded road sign grammatically correct? @Urbycoz: maybe they deliberately pick a strange wording to confuse people so the message sticks in their head for hours and then they asked about the strange wording in an online Internet forum. Jun23 comment Should there be a period after an equation? How about `We used the equation` `x + y = 1.01.`? or even more oddly `We used the equation` `x + y = 1..`? Jun23 comment Do you say 'white blackboard'? @Henrik N: I learned that at middle school, and again in high school, and again in university. My elementary uses chalkboard. Jun23 comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number” @FumbleFingers: Another dataset taken from regular Google Search: less number has 2,600,000,000 results, lower number has 1,100,000,000 results, and smaller number has 570,000,000 results. Jun23 comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number” @FumbleFingers: as I previously said, people just don't use less number, it is redundant and wrong since less implies numbers (especially in mathematics, which I guess is the biggest consumers of numbers). While NGram is useful, it is a stupidly simple tool, when you add to the query the string number, you are not restrict the word's usage to the context of numbers (unlike regular google search), what it simply do is to add the string to the query. And because less number is redundant, it isn't a fairly setup playground. Jun22 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). Jun22 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? Jun14 awarded Critic Jun12 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. Jun10 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. Jun9 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. Jun9 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. Jun8 comment Word for “ability to hide complexity” I think the meaning of "obfuscate" is closer to "ability to hide simplicity" Jun8 comment Does the letter C serve any unique purpose? Suppose that we're eliminating "C", how do you propose we spell "chair"? Jun8 answered What do you call a group of people that move a lot? Jun5 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. May26 answered How to properly write sentence with double words May26 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. May26 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.