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I am a Systems Engineer with many years of experience in electronic systems, including communication systems, network systems, and radar systems, with a focus on signal processing and architecture. "Know your customer and his/her needs." My hobbies include photography, yachting, software development, writing, and foreign languages.

If you don't know what to do with your spare time, go walk your dog. If you don't have a dog, walk someone else's dog. It's a better way for you to spend your time than what you are doing right now. If you think you don't have any spare time, then you probably don't have a dog.


Apr
4
comment What does “pot-kettle situation” mean?
Did you try researching it yourself? Pot Kettle Situation
Apr
4
comment A word that means 'most important'?
You didn't think essential was a good choice, after you considered quintessential?
Apr
3
comment Less colloquial term for “zoom in”
Let us... is certainly colloquial in that it imparts an informal, familiar, and conversational tone to the statement. "Colloquial" does not necessarily mean "non-standard". If you want to write a report that does not sound "colloquial", then I recommend avoiding formulations like "Let us..." I see that the OP didn't say this was a written statement for a report, and if it's not, that could change things. But if I were giving a presentation verbally, I would not hesitate using colloquial language, even if I were presenting to high government officials.
Apr
1
comment Less colloquial term for “zoom in”
I would say that beginning with "Let us..." is also on the colloquial side.
Mar
31
comment A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well?
I'm just curious - is that really one word in Chinese?
Mar
28
comment Does “the motor speed” mean the speed of the motor?
This question is a better fit for ELL. It appears that you are asking about the simple use of an adjective. In motor speed, motor in an adjective, just like it is in motor oil.
Mar
27
comment Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?
@PeterShor - Dr. Johnstone replied with a less certain answer about Scotch-Irish origin than the cites I gave above would indicate. She referred me to a colleague, Dr. Michael Montgomery. I'll update if I hear from him.
Mar
27
comment “Bakeshop” vs. “bake shop” vs. “bakery” vs. “bakery shop” vs. “bakehouse” for a baker's shop, and “bakeries” for “baked goods” in AmE
Well, here you have a chance to talk to "the real deal", so take advantage of it while your here. You have great questions, as far as I'm concerned. (I'm puzzled by you comments here, but that's not going to change my opinion.) Comme j'ai dit, je suis un fan. Bon courage. @+
Mar
27
comment “Bakeshop” vs. “bake shop” vs. “bakery” vs. “bakery shop” vs. “bakehouse” for a baker's shop, and “bakeries” for “baked goods” in AmE
I'm just trying to understand how you could be more familiar with AmE than I am, yet we have such differing views on something that is AmE.
Mar
27
comment “Bakeshop” vs. “bake shop” vs. “bakery” vs. “bakery shop” vs. “bakehouse” for a baker's shop, and “bakeries” for “baked goods” in AmE
So, now I'm curious, how long have you lived in the US?
Mar
27
comment “Bakeshop” vs. “bake shop” vs. “bakery” vs. “bakery shop” vs. “bakehouse” for a baker's shop, and “bakeries” for “baked goods” in AmE
Then at this point, I'll just have to tell you that, flawed as the results may appear, they are consistent with my living with American English for nearly 60 years. :) Bakery is, by far, the most common expression for a a place where baked goods are made or sold, and the other expressions (bake shop, bakeshop, and bakehouse) are for the most part unused here. By the way, the NGRAMS changed very little, which is what I would have expected.
Mar
27
comment “Bakeshop” vs. “bake shop” vs. “bakery” vs. “bakery shop” vs. “bakehouse” for a baker's shop, and “bakeries” for “baked goods” in AmE
Good point (your second point) about the proximity of bakery as an adjective. I'll retry with bakery as a noun. -- I don't understand your first point. If I said or implied bakery is only where baked goods are sold, that would be wrong, but I don't see it in my answer. -- And cakes and pastries are a special type of baking, which is why I mentioned them as a subset of bakeries; they are not where one buys bread, for example.
Mar
27
comment Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?
@terdon - Just getting to your comment. It would be closer to the same R that makes a horse out of hose :)
Mar
27
comment Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?
@PeterShor - You may have something there. I may send an email off to Prof. Johnstone and ask her about it. She seems to be pretty enthusiastic about the subject, so maybe I'll receive a reply. If I do that' I'll also ask her about independent research from hers that addresses this. If I hear form her, I'll post it here.
Mar
27
comment Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?
@Bradd Szonye - I'm not exposed to it frequently in California to be all that aware of other similar instances. One old friend always got my attention when he habitually pronounced Hawaii as How-Are-Ya. Unfortunately, he's gone, so I can't ask him where he got that from.
Mar
27
comment Why is something fried on a griddle called grilled?
@Bradd Szonye - Awesome answer! Well done.
Mar
27
comment single word to describe futuristic and modern building
Pioneered in the early 60s and 70s, it is referred to as a 21st century movement. The definition came from the reference made by Vito Di Bari, ... inspired by nanotechnology and the arts. The United States was pioneered in the 15th century, but it didn't become the United States until more than 200 years later.
Mar
27
comment Why is something fried on a griddle called grilled?
Okay, David. I need to do more homework. :)
Mar
26
comment What adverb, typical of AmE, coincides the most with the BrE sense to “quite” [=to a noticeable or partial extent]?
Thanks. I'll check it out.
Mar
26
comment What adverb, typical of AmE, coincides the most with the BrE sense to “quite” [=to a noticeable or partial extent]?
@EdwinAshworth It's like everything I learned about English in the last two hours is wrong (head explodes!). Where can I find some good background on that?