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puts 10.downto(1).each{ |i| puts i }
puts 'Blast off!'

puts (10.downto(1).map{ |i| i.to_s } + ['Blast Off!']).join("\n")

(1..10).to_a.reverse.each{ |i| puts i }
puts 'Blast off!'

Sep
17
comment Secular alternative to “preaching to the choir”?
@JamesWebster, that's not really the same. "Lecturing" implies educating, whereas "preaching" implies convincing (in this phrase at least).
Aug
9
comment Is there English version of French army cliché, “A friend when you’re lieutenant, companion when captain, … the enemy when you’re general"?
youtube.com/watch?v=sqcLjcSloXs&noredirect=1
Aug
5
comment Plurals + The + Prepositions
As a native English speaker, I agree with all of these remarks, but it's still just a point-by-point analysis of each example sentence -- I think the OP is looking for the principle(s) behind this.
Jul
26
comment Why use “of” in the phrase “delivered of a baby”?
From a native English speaker's perspective, this sentence doesn't seem to make any sense at all to me...
Jul
12
comment Exasperated/frustrated at someone’s naïveté
I bet you could find something suitable by browsing tv tropes starting at the entry for "face-palm" and going from there. I'm providing a link, but follow at your own risk! I accidentally went to tv tropes once and didn't come back for like three days. tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FacePalm
Jul
12
comment Difference between “at” and “in” when specifying location
I am on the planet Earth in the United States on the East coast in New York City on the Lower East Side in a commercial district on a street in a building at a desk in a chair. Yeah, "at" seems pretty specific.
Jun
28
comment What is the player called who has a turn?
"Active player" also seems to be the consensus on board game geek, from a thread I randomly found: boardgamegeek.com/thread/674817/… -- Though I would probably personally say "Current player"
Jun
21
comment Plurals in phonetic spelling
Depends completely on the context, of course. One does not in fact usually spell "doing" as "doin'" -- that's a deliberate attempt to de-formalize the register, and only used in specific contexts. So whether you use the standard "doings" or the de-formalizing "doin's" also depends on context.
Jun
21
comment Use of 'as per' vs 'per'
I've always thought "as per" was an over-correction, a mistaken attempt at sounding more formal while not quite understanding the formal nuances of syntax (similar to using "whom" in places where only "who" makes sense, in a mistaken attempt to formalize speech). But perhaps it is just that "as per" used to be used more and is now fading (just like the case of "whom", for that matter). Or, they could be genuinely unique in meaning and usage, and there is simply a lot of confusion about which is which. Anyway, +1 for your use of nested parenthesis.
Jun
21
comment Why can a bird be pulled but never caught?
For the american slang, why chick? What's so special about chickens? I'm going to invent new slang that is less species-centric. Perhaps Gosling (baby goose), cygnet (baby swan), or owlet (baby owl). "I picked up a gosling today"; "I hear all the hot cygnets are going to this party"; "they're a cool group of owlets".
Jun
21
comment Morally speaking, 1+1=2
Seems it has a lot of parallels with the popular idiom "moral equivalent".
Jun
11
comment prepositional phrases strong enough to bring 'the' before the nouns they modify?
@FumbleFingers, asterisks as filler to meet the minimum comment length? You should be ashamed for abusing the system like that. Everyone knows you're supposed to use bananas for this.
May
31
comment Are there any names of food that are associated with political correctness other than Fried chicken?
I would recommended adding "Rice" to the Asian stereotype list -- I've actually seen that more often than the two you listed.
May
27
comment Is there a word for selecting yourself as the target audience for an invention or product?
Hmm, in your particular example sentence, I'd just go with the word "personal". I'm not posting this is an answer because it doesn't actually answer your full question, but I think the word fits here because the "to solve his own problem" would be implied in this context. If I think of a word that fits and also answers your fuller question I'll post it.
May
25
comment Is “emptiest” a logically correct term?
Though in the case of both "emptier" and "deader" that meaning seems to generalize to "being closer to the state of X than", but I doubt that can be extended to all cases, and in any case "closer to the state of" is itself open for interpretation and its meaning not immediately clear.
May
25
comment Is “emptiest” a logically correct term?
@EdwinAshworth, I at first misunderstood what you were saying in the same way that Mr Shiny did, but now I get it, and I completely agree. It's not clear what "emptier" should mean any more than it is clear what "deader" should mean. Both are completely valid words and have valid uses (I am "among the more descriptivist" here), but there is no way to generalize and determine what these meanings are. Only by looking at real usage can we determine the meanings.
May
24
comment “Harrass over X” vs. “harrass for X”
The proper selection and use of prepositions is a tremendously complex subject. "Over" and "For" mean many different things in many different contexts and are not interchangable. I don't think there's any better way to answer your question unless you narrow it down.
May
24
comment Does English have half-graded antonyms?
-1 I really don't see this argument as linguistically relevant. In any case, it contains a lot of superfluous detail that is muddling the argument. Also, regarding your last comment, I think when people say "There are no absolutes" they generally speaking in the context of a limited domain. For example, the might have elided and implied a contextual marker, shortening "There are no absolutes in morality".
May
24
comment Is there a word for selecting yourself as the target audience for an invention or product?
I'm having trouble understanding how you want to use this word. Can you include in your question an example sentence with a blank for where you want the word to go? That might help inspire possibilities.
May
18
comment Why are identical rhymes inferior in English poetry?
+1. Mostly because of your last phrase ;). But the rest of your analysis was good too.