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May
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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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May
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May
22
answered “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
May
3
comment How should one pronounce the “rofl” in “roflstomp” or “roflcopter”?
@The Raven: yeah true, in my idiolect, "wish" rhymes with "ghoti"
May
2
comment How should one pronounce the “rofl” in “roflstomp” or “roflcopter”?
with the invention of Internet, and the shift to text-based communication as the primary means of communicating, many words are coined that are never meant to be pronounced. I would advise against using them in speech except for discussion about the words themselves. And in those discussions, it is always fun to start with arguing whose pronunciation is right.
May
2
comment What are “real stores” called in English, as opposed to “online stores”?
be careful that your audience -- especially older or less technically savvy ones -- might misunderstood brick and mortar store as being a store that sells actual bricks and mortars.
Apr
2
comment Why is it ‘a thousand and one’ when government employees ask questions on possible government shutdown?
Because it is one too many questions than what they can handle.
Apr
2
comment Why is it ‘a thousand and one’ when government employees ask questions on possible government shutdown?
@Yoichi Oishi, @Cerberus: If 101, it might also be a reference to "101 Dalmation"
Mar
28
comment What do I call a person who submits content?
note that it is perfectly normal for someone to have multiple roles, if you're designing a website where a user can only have a single role, then you probably want to revise your design.
Mar
28
comment What do I call a person who submits content?
Submitter sounds awkward.
Mar
23
answered Relating to tournaments.. what's that word?
Feb
17
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Feb
17
comment Terms for duplicated words
@spinodal: or the tag ras-redundant-acronym-syndrome
Dec
21
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Dec
20
comment Why is 'c*nt' so much more derogatory in the US than the UK?
@Bob Murphy: Did he used the word with hate and rage? If he does, then it is indeed an offensive punch; but otherwise, if he used the word casually, it's a playful poke. I'm not familiar with the incident you're referring to, so I can't judge the situation. Also, I'm not suggesting that she does not divorcing him is a proof that she does not mind; I'm only suggesting that it probably indicates so. We don't know her actual opinion about it, which is what matters. If she does feel offended, then I agree that it is offensive. You don't need poll, only Cindy's single opinion matters.
Dec
19
comment Words with opposite meanings in different regions
are you sure this isn't "in charge of" vs "in the charge of"?