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Mar
24
comment Testing software by giving the output back as input
There is a wide variety of answers, each of which is consistent with the question, but none of which is consistent with another. I think this indicates that the question is poorly worded and incomplete.
Mar
24
answered Testing software by giving the output back as input
Mar
23
comment Analogue of “most recent” for events in the future
@TomAuger, indeed, the ambiguity about what type of distance makes me wish for something a little bit better.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
My point was that usage panels aren't the only way of dealing with disagreement on a language question. The alternative is to just disagree because a question often just comes down to personal opinion.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
@TimLymington, teachers have the authority to correct their students' English. It's their job. I had plenty of essays in high school that were graded according to the teacher's personal preference, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
Teachers don't consult or cite sources for every correction. They just apply their personal opinion, which 90% of the time will happen to agree with the sort of sources that you describe.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
The American Heritage Dictionary is prescriptive, right? More descriptive dictionaries like the OED wouldn't bother with usage panels, would they?
Mar
23
comment Is “iff” considered a real word or just an abbreviation?
@Konrad, specifically who considers it an abomination? That's a strong statement, and I think there are many, many people who would disagree. Are you referring specifically to usage outside of mathematics?
Mar
23
answered Origin and meaning of “from out of left field”
Mar
23
answered Analogue of “most recent” for events in the future
Mar
22
comment Is 'hair' singular or plural?
"I just pull out one of your white hair" still needs to be changed.
Mar
22
comment How should I describe 2:45?
I agree that "two-forty-five" is much more common with young Americans than "quarter-to-three."
Mar
22
answered How should you read proper nouns aloud in English?
Mar
22
comment Why is it “time we ate” and not “time we eat”?
"Your examples are correct, and replacing them with simple present tense verbs wouldn't be standard usage." Can you provide a citation? I'm not convinced this is true.
Mar
20
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8
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Mar
8
answered What is the inverse of “guardian”?