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comment Is it correct to use “or” in place of “and/or”?
"He can't read or write." I'd have written that as "He can neither read nor write", which happens to match NOR as well.
Nov
18
comment Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?
Saying that oil is plastic and rubber is something else would be prone to misinterpretation though because rubber is actually plastic while oil is not (though crude oil/petroleum are used to make plastics).
Nov
14
comment What do you call it when the video is not smooth?
I think lag and the ehow article is incorrect. Lagging refers to delay due to latency. This is usually for live streams where you can often notice that there are a few seconds of lag between events happening in real life and the video of the event reaching your device, but may also refer to lag between video and audio, or lag between different devices viewing the same events, or a delay to feedback of an input. A video can display smoothly while badly lagging. Network latency/lag can cause video playing to become choppy, but that refers to the quality of the network, not the video.
Jul
23
comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
Ending sentences with prepositions is not grammatically incorrect in English. It's only incorrect to those snobs who confused English grammars with Latin grammars.
Jul
23
comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
While you probably would still be understood (yay context), a better wording would be "My fund is Mercer's" or "My fund is with Mercer". But that's probably being too pedantic.
Jun
10
comment A person who cannot understand that there may be other perspectives
myopic isn't narrow vision, it's short-sighted.
May
9
comment A way of describing the lesbian parent that is not pregnant?
@Kromey: while such technology may allow both mother's to be genetic contributors, only one of them would actually bear the baby on her belly, unless you split the baby into two and sew it back together once it's born.
May
4
comment Any word for “made by combining parts of many things”?
In regards to programming language, it's more typical to call a language as "influenced" by another language; all programming languages are influenced by other existing languages so it's not really a unique feature of any one language. Otherwise why would C, C++, Java, JavaScript, PHP all uses the exact same syntax for braces blocks, even with large differences between them.
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"