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Jan
7
comment “Thank you all” — wrong or right?
There is nothing ungrammatical about the phrase "thank you." It is an idiom. Someone who forces themselves to always write "I thank you" would sound overly stilted in the same way as if they never used contractions like "didn't" or "won't".
Dec
18
comment Difference between “I am doing lunch” and “I am having lunch”
I would rarely use the phrase I am doing lunch by itself. You don't "do" lunch by yourself or with yourself: We could "do lunch" or I could "do lunch" with a friend. I think the only way I would use the solitary phrase I am doing lunch would be in the sense of I am preparing lunch (for someone/some group/us, etc.)
Nov
6
comment Word for “reading carefully”
Came here for study, left fulfilled. To me there are three degrees: you can skim a book, read a book, or study a book.
Nov
6
comment Is 'Jap' still considered an ethnic slur?
@FumbleFingers It's my understanding that there are those in America who would find being called a "Yank" offensive — particularly in the South.
Nov
6
comment Word for feeling conflicting emotions simultaneously
@outis Interesting, I've never thought ambivalent meant uncertain (i.e. you're not sure which feeling is stronger/correct), but I've always thought it wasn't the same as torn/conflicting in that if you are ambivalent you don't have strong feelings one way or the other (each feeling is equivalently weak, you don't care whether either is correct/proper, or which decision is made.) But perhaps I've been misusing the word.
Nov
6
comment word for a put-together system or solution
Integrated software solutions is the jargon I've heard, and a web-search brings up a company named that as well as the phrase used in many company blurbs.
Oct
30
comment What does “3-sigma” type of event mean?
Good answer, but I think most scientists believe that most natural phenomena follow a normal distribution, at least the trends of death and destruction from hurricanes do, so I don't think the caveat that "hurricanes probably don't" is needed.
Oct
30
comment What does “3-sigma” type of event mean?
Clever retort, but you should summarize the content of the link in case it rots in the future.
Oct
16
comment Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”
@donothingsuccessfully I agree that in many nations this is the case, but I think that Israel's case "often" cannot be applied. There are simply too many parties with a significant share of the Knesset.
Oct
16
comment Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”
I don't think 'bloc' is restricted to left- or right- politics. It could just simply be a group with common interests or goals.
Oct
16
comment Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”
@AmirRachum Sense 8 is clearly the political context. Political Party is the hypernym of Opposition.
Oct
12
comment Alternatives for computer programming terms, for better understanding
If you were to teach someone cooking, you wouldn't try and come up with a different word for sautée or braise. Several of the examples you cite are also used in other fields like algebra. If you're teaching Computer Science, then you must also teach the terminology.
Oct
12
comment Better way to express “X and [A and B] Y” than “X as well as A and B Y”?
@coleopterist Nails it. If she is particularly rich, perhaps Cindy owns red cars, blue cars, and a boat.
Oct
12
comment Better way to express “X and [A and B] Y” than “X as well as A and B Y”?
@tchrist Unlikely, perhaps. Possible, yes.
Oct
12
comment What's the difference between direction and orientation?
I think think your Cambridge links makes the meanings quite clear, but you missed one subtlety in your explanation. Orientation is position of an object in relation to its environment (everything), direction is movement or facing towards something specific.
Oct
12
comment What's the difference between direction and orientation?
You could say "the orientation of the directional light" and the sentence would have an identical meaning to your example without sounding as redundant.
Oct
12
comment Painting term for the reflective lighting of a surface?
Yep, I was going to respond that painters simply use the term "reflected light".
Oct
12
comment Word for a part of a wooden railroad track
I agree with @Zairja: introduce both words. Generically it's a connector; specifically a knob connector that fits in the slot connector.
Oct
4
comment Single-word synonym for a “pedantic rule-follower”?
I don't see the word as being a "pedantic rules follower" but rather a "rules enforcer".
Sep
27
comment Word to describe “fleeting, wandering and prone to drifting off” of thought
elusive and ephemeral were the first two words to pop into my head when I read the description.