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When not programming I spend much of my free time avoiding the task of writing bios.


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comment Is “gaze de naval” English idiom, French idiom or a half-breed?
For an example of a genuine English expression using genuinely French words with correct grammar, see nom de plume, which has been used in English to mean a pen-name since the 19th century while the French would use the more general nom de guerre for all pseudonyms though they borrowed nom de plume back in the 20th century.
Mar
18
comment An adjective for someone who doesn't really care about me
@pyrAmider oh, cavalier would be wrong entirely; not even close.
Mar
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
19
comment Illegal Comma to Enhance Clarity
@Omnomnomnom; how is that similar?
Jan
18
comment What is the proper way to write about a “layoff”?
@EdwinAshworth While not the most interesting question, I don't think it's a LMGTFY, but maybe that's just a google-fu failure on my part.
Jan
18
comment Illegal Comma to Enhance Clarity
You put it in to aid clarity? How's that working out?
Jan
18
comment Illegal Comma to Enhance Clarity
No matter who tells you the comma has to be there for good grammar, you should remove it to aid clarity.
Jan
18
revised words similar to “abnormal”
Make enquiry about this happening elsewhere or not, rather than a list.
Jan
18
reviewed Reject “Neither can live while the other survives”— does it make logical sense?
Jan
18
comment On the circuit - what does it mean?
Hmm. I was assuming from the context of the title mentioned that this was about a hypothetical would-be novelist, though it could also be about a character in a novel and hence give a context where "the circuit" meant the comedy, theatre, music circuits, or something else.
Jan
18
comment What is the proper way to write about a “layoff”?
@EdwinAshworth shrug it seemed to me from the question that they'd found all three in use and that was where they were got stuck in wondering what to do.
Jan
18
answered Repeating determiners: “the X and (the) Y”
Jan
18
answered What is the proper way to write about a “layoff”?
Jan
18
comment Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?
@ermanen kow and kowe are obsolete spellings, but related to the fact that kine and kye have a k while cow has a c.
Jan
18
comment comma needed after conjunction 'and' that separates 2 independent clauses?
That would be an unusual choice. Semicolons between independent clauses are normally only used if there is no coordinating conjunction, so replacing the and with one would be much more normal than following one with and.
Jan
18
comment Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?
@ermanen Though where does that put the singular kow and kowe which have both been found in Modern English? (Though as a language-trivia question about how accepted spelling turned out, I think that's a good answer).
Jan
18
revised Are you sure to delete or are you sure you want to delete
Change computer code to quoted English. Fix capitalisation. Remove thanks as per site policy.
Jan
18
answered Are you sure to delete or are you sure you want to delete
Jan
18
comment words similar to “abnormal”
@Mynamite and there will be a lot of them, and most of them not examples of what is sought.