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Aug
21
comment Pronunciation of anonymize
@PeterShor, thanks for the information, I actually read up on that a few weeks ago. However, the problem is with the second syllable. Like with the word anonymous, it should be pronounced non, not nen like Google does.
Aug
21
comment Pronunciation of anonymize
@JohnLawler, it looks like that might be the case. One person got no answer as to Google’s source, while another page indicates that they make/made up their own.
Aug
21
comment Pronunciation of anonymize
> The audio clip on oxforddictionaries (second link on OP's search) sounds perfectly ordinary to me. What's supposed to be wrong with it @FumbleFingers, nothing. But what does that have to do with anything? I’m asking about Google’s pronunciation.
Aug
21
comment Pronunciation of anonymize
(Hmm, doing a text-search for the IPA shown in the definition section gives no hits in the search results, but if you google just anonymize and search for just , then it finds Merriam Webster as the 4th result which seems to give that pronunciation. I couldn’t check the MW page itself because it requires a subscription, which begs the question does Google have a subscription to MW which they use for their definitions? ಠ_ఠ)
Aug
21
comment Pronunciation of anonymize
Yes, I saw that, it was the second result in my second link and it agrees with my pronunciation and disagrees with Google’s.
Jan
12
comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
By authority it is. Same reason that GIF has a soft ‘g’. If someone names something, then who is anybody to tell them otherwise? A name is a creation and therefore not something that can be “correct”. As such, it can be whatever the creator chooses no matter how much others may or may not like it. (This is why names do not have translations in other languages. Someone named Pete is Pete in all languages, not Peter, not Pierre, not Piotr, nor Pedro, Petrus, or anything else.)
Jul
7
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
I don’t understand the acrimony; it is a perfectly valid question that anybody would ask, and in fact, many people have asked identical questions of different words without getting so much animosity. The SE network used to be friendly, welcoming, and open-minded. ◔_◔
Jul
7
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
That’s exactly what I was trying to find out, if there is a connection or it is just an amusing coincidence. I can live with that answer.
Jul
7
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
No, aside from the similarities in spelling, there there is no connection between machination and Machiavelli. …other than the similarity in meaning?
Jul
2
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
The question is based on facts: they mean practically the same thing, and they sound similar (most cognates sound similar for a reason). Besides, there is almost certainly a definitive answer, and therefore there must be a real question since there cannot be answers to questions that aren’t real. You even called it a question in your comment, so you certainly cannot claim it to not be real; at most you can say it is not good enough for you, not to your liking. That does not make it invalid or not interesting to others (it already has an up-vote), let alone myself.
Jul
1
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
@everybody else, I had not considered looking into the Machiavelli lineage and background. Very interesting information. Unfortunately it seems to be even less clear now and is turning into a bit of a chicken-and-egg scenario. I suppose it could be argued that machination derives from Latin for mechanical in that plots and plans are like clockwork, but I don’t see how the sneaky, conniving aspect would fit; that must come from the style of Machiavelli’s writings for which he is specifically renowned.
Jul
1
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
@Kris, how exactly is this NARQ‽ Just because the answer is obvious to you doesn’t make it an invalid question (if that were a legitimate reason to close questions, then 99% of questions would be expunged from the network). And yes, it is most definitely coincidental that they both sound the same and mean essentially the same thing if they are not actually connected.
Jun
28
comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
(Yes there are big and little coincidences. ☺)
May
11
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
@supercat, yes, and many gardens on Earth are filled with earth every spring, but nobody borrows a cup of hell or drives a hell or has a hell-sandwich.
May
11
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
Take care because most people understand RPG as "Rocket-Propelled Grenade" @Genady, yes, but context + common-sense/Google = no confusion.
Jan
2
comment Which is correct: “could care less” or “couldn't care less”?
"Could care less" actually occurs more frequently. So does ermahgerd,OMGlol. g2gcyal8r these days, but that isn’t any more correct than saying something is the opposite of what you mean (without purposely and knowingly meaning to be ironic). No fluent speaker will have any trouble understanding what you mean. The Oxford English Dictionary lists both with the same meaning. Maybe in person because familiarity, tone, inflection, context, and body-language can help, but what about in plain text? What about in Twitter or Facebook? What about from someone you don’t know?
Jan
2
comment Which is correct: “could care less” or “couldn't care less”?
I've heard it said that "could care less" is meant to be ironic, but I think this is just justification for the bastardisation of an English phrase. Yes, thank you! I’ve also heard that it is meant to be sarcastic, but that is BS because you cannot use that sarcastically or ironically, it just doesn’t work like actual ironic statements, and certainly not when used with the tone that anyone who has ever said it has used. It is definitely just another example of illiterate people trying to obstinately defend their ignorance instead of acknowledging it and trying to learn something.
Dec
1
comment Use of 'as per' vs 'per'
english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer
Aug
31
comment Which one is it? “Damn” or “damned”?
There is no such thing as de jure in language @JanusBahsJacquet, tell that to English teachers (and the kids that get bad grades in class).
Aug
31
comment Which one is it? “Damn” or “damned”?
@JanusBahsJacquet, de facto ≠ de jure.