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Sep
1
comment Word to describe pets that can be uncomfortable to live with?
I believe "indoor pets", "noisy pets", "small dogs, etc misses the point; a pet is usually considered causing trouble if it invites complaints from other people. A pet could be uncaged but behave nicely enough that it doesn't bother anyone. Otherwise, they could be an inside pet but is continuously barking at nights. On the other extreme, it could be a tamed lion, that is usually calm and well behaved, but understandably causes a little discomfort for everyone even if caged. It may be best to keep the wording vague so home owner can accept or refuse any tenants' pet as they see fit.
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
comment Usage of “a” and “the” in titles
I usually see subtitles written with colons instead of a dash.
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.
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?
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.
Sep
20
comment A single word for labelling someone a disbeliever in a particular religion despite them adhering to it
excommunication implies that the religion's authority (forcibly) excluding certain people from practicing the religion, I don't think that's the intended meaning.
Sep
20
comment What do you do when a sentence ends with a decimal?
@KonradRudolph: outside pure mathematic text, at least.
Sep
14
comment “PIN Number” — why do we say it?
@Neil Coffey: if someone approached you saying "I lost my pin", the statement is truly ambiguous.
Sep
14
comment Analogy for an absurd way to teach something?
IMO that's not absurd at all. In higher maths, it is helpful to know a scripting language or two to be able to automate lots of the tedious works that isn't directly relevant to whatever you're currently doing or to find solutions graphically/numerically/brute-forcely, which requires a lot of iterations. The language that is most often used for this purpose is Mathematica, but any language will do.
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Ofer Zelig: I had to disagree, URL are not names, they're not even "like names". Acme is a name and a proper noun; URL just isn't. Just try to lookup for acme.com in a dictionary, I have never seen any dictionary that dare to call a URL a word and included them, worse yet, I have never seen any other word with a dot . in the middle, apostrophe ' maybe, but never a dot .. Preexisting English style guides are insufficient to describe the Internet world, if we're to be strictly adherent to preexisting styles, then we should all be writing Acme. Com.
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Ofer Zelig: At least it's better than a Baad:f00d.
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Zoredache: IMO, it is correct to use WWW as an initialism outside of URL, but you should never write WWW.google.com.