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


Oct
24
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
23
comment Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?
As well as eggs, it's common to use a candle when decanting port or older wine (old enough to have sediment) to make sure sediment ends in the neck of the bottle and not in the decanter. In these days of battery-powered torches it remains common because people still often have candles on their dinner table. It seems reasonable that "candlelight" to mean examining eggs or wine came to be used first more generally (to examine anything) and then more specific (to compare two things) within a particular group, but that's no more than conjecture about what is possible.
Oct
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
17
comment What is the word for the response to a ping
@OllieJones I've never heard, or heard of, that being used as a reply to ping in the slang sense of contacting a person, though.
Oct
15
answered What is the word for the response to a ping
Oct
15
comment What is the word for the response to a ping
By the same logic that was a single ping, though clearly it was actually 4.
Oct
15
comment Etymology of a “pegged CPU”
@SevenSidedDie that answer in fact mentions one of the senses I mention in mine. Are you sure that's the one you meant to link to?
Oct
15
comment Etymology of a “pegged CPU”
@SevenSidedDie If it's none of those things, can you show which it is?
Oct
14
answered Etymology of a “pegged CPU”
Oct
7
comment Why is the word “Holy” used before swear words?
@AeJey because when we swear, we're deliberately breaking the taboo. Why people do that is a complicated and interesting matter (more of psychology than usage), but to the extent that it does, "Holy Shit" is a "worse" swear than just "Shit" and so better-serves the purpose of shocking, relieving tension, expressing a strong emotion, etc.
Oct
7
comment Why is the word “Holy” used before swear words?
@AeJey no, it means it's exactly the same holy as that related to gods. Think about why you are calling words like shit "swear words"; to swear is to make an oath and is a holy thing, but to do so in a profane manner is taboo. Indeed once the taboo against saying "Oh my god!" would have been greater than that of "Oh shit!".
Oct
6
comment When do you leave a space in a paragraph and when do you not?
@JanusBahsJacquet Ah, I get you. I default to multiples of whole line-height because then the vertical rhythm of the text stays constant. There're are reasons for going with other amounts of space but keeping to the same vertical rhythm is a reasonable starting point, especially for someone like myself who lacks the skill to go outside of the guidelines about rhythm and do it well.
Oct
6
comment When do you leave a space in a paragraph and when do you not?
@JanusBahsJacquet I'd never go that small, if only becuase it can be nasty when ascenders are written over descenders of the line above.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
30
comment -er for two, -est for three or more?
@Kris, you really can't find the answer to that in there?
Sep
30
comment -er for two, -est for three or more?
@Kris what part of it is unclear to you?
Sep
30
revised -er for two, -est for three or more?
added 3 characters in body
Sep
30
revised Does this grammatically make sense?
Pointless, and more than a little bit rude.
Sep
30
answered -er for two, -est for three or more?
Sep
27
comment What's the word for “ninja'd” in publishing things
It's certainly of longer standing, more widely understood, and has had a stronger impact upon literature and culture (e.g. Evelyn Waugh's novel Scoop) than ninja'd.