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Jan
29
comment What is an action (in one word) that makes you say “goodbye”?
And by pair I think you mean couple: although these words are normally synonyms, couple is used to refer to two people in a romantic relationships while pair isn't generally. e.g.: “Are they a pair?” “Uh, yes, they are two people.” “No, I mean are they a couple?” “Oh! Yes, they started dating yesterday.”
Jan
19
comment Phrase when you offer someone something but it's really them who are paying for it
This is spot-on for the case of politicians asked about in the question. Adding context and explanation to demonstrate how it is a fitting phrase would make this a much better answer post though.
Jan
16
comment What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color?
You misunderstand how black & white photographs work then. As someone who has physically developed both B&W negatives and prints, I know that a brown-skinned man's photograph can be developed such that pure black portions result, making him look like he had black or nearly-black skin when the photo was taken. In fact, it is correct developing methodology to ensure that a photo print always has both pure white and pure black, hence distorting the original colour range, but creating a photo that has maximum clarity and does not appear "washed out".
Jan
16
revised Grammatical difference between: “should have more…” and “should eat some…”
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Jan
16
answered Grammatical difference between: “should have more…” and “should eat some…”
Jan
16
comment Is the following use of “decorating” incorrect and/or unclear?
@BenjaminHarman The x in the question is a placeholder (a metasyntactic variable), not the drug ecstasy.
Jan
16
comment Are there any “fake” French words used in English?
@Casey Ah! As an English speaker of French, only the more common “hearing” meaning ever occurred to me. The rest never would have occurred to me to take as the meaning of the word in this phrase. That said, I can see how the other meanings could make some sense, now that you point them out. They all nicely end up with "double intentions" or somesuch as their meaning, too.
Jan
16
comment What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color?
And I know what begging the question means: it means an argument that finds a conclusion only because it starts by assuming its conclusion at the start. Starting with a black and white photograph is begging the question, as it demonstrates only that the photograph—incapable of any other pigment— shows literally-black skin, yet asserts this is evidence that the man does have literally-black skin.
Jan
16
comment What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color?
It misrepresents the colour of skin though, or at best completely hides the fact it's attempted to display. Perhaps this person has literally the same skin colour in living colour as in a black-and-white photograph, but that would be more believable with a colour photograph.
Jan
16
comment What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?
I think the title is part of what was causing confusion, since it seemed to be asking for a name for the third axis itself. I did an edit to clarify that, and to add the more logic-language example that helped me understand your question. I can't think of a better term than “single-width slice” for the title though, which is pretty awkward! I hope that edit helps though.
Jan
16
revised What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?
some clarity based on comments
Jan
16
comment What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?
I've puzzled over this question for a few minutes to try to figure out what you're asking. It seems others are similarly puzzled. As far as I can tell, what you are asking is for the word that fills the blank in "row is to X axis as _____ is to Z axis". Is that right?
Jan
16
answered Does the word “experience” have plural a form?
Jan
16
comment Are there any “fake” French words used in English?
@rumtscho This isn't about false friends. False friends are words that look like cognates but are not, deceptively so to a learning speaker. What this question is about are words borrowed from another language and given a meaning that seems (to a native speaker of the borrowing language) to have a proper derived meaning, but are seen by a native speaker of the borrowed-from language to be alien.
Jan
16
comment Are there any “fake” French words used in English?
@Casey You mean “double to hear”. Ironically, though it's not proper French, it's still sensical in French.
Jan
16
comment What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color?
This contained a lot of thoughtful material, right up until “That's no reason to abandon perfectly good words, replacing them with nonsensical euphemisms,” displaying a moralising ignorance of the morally-neutral linguistic processes of pejoration and the normal socio-linguistic responses to it.
Jan
16
comment What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color?
This kind of historical shift in expected precision of colour-words used to describe people may also explain why people with slightly pink-tinged blond hair are mysteriously called red-haired.
Jan
16
comment What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color?
-1 for begging the question using a black & white photograph. Replace the photo with its colour equivalent and the answer ceases to make sense or have any persuasive power.
Jan
5
revised Has there ever been an antonym for “benefit” that includes the latin affix “neg-”?
correct use-mention distinction formatting (per http://meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/4720/color-of-certain-elements-in-main-site-doesnt-match-up-with-the-rest-of-the-pag/4722#4722); correct word-part “base” to “affix”
Nov
30
comment Pronoun in English without specific referent
How does academic writing fall outside formal contexts?