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Graduate student in Physics

Jan
24
comment Is “setup” an acceptable noun in formal writing?
How does this question not fall under "English usage"?
Jan
24
comment Is “setup” an acceptable noun in formal writing?
Yes; its use with this meaning is clearly described in some dictionaries. But a dictionary is not a style guide. If the noun setup is a computer-age neologism, I'd prefer to not use it. For example, the Google N-grams viewer shows use of the word setup taking off around 1980, at the time of the introduction of the personal computer.
Jan
24
asked Is “setup” an acceptable noun in formal writing?
Jun
2
comment How to describe someone who speaks a language “as if it is his mother tongue” in a CV?
A "native" English speaker would know to not use the word "native" unless you learned English from birth.
Feb
28
answered How should one address a police officer in the US?
Feb
23
comment Is “penultimate” commonly used?
Reminds me of "inflammable".
Feb
4
comment Why are Greek letters pronounced incorrectly in scientific English?
As a practical matter, of course, it is helpful that the adopted pronunciations are so distinct from the names of Roman letters in English. It's bad enough to have written p, P, and ρ all on the blackboard at the same time--I'm glad we don't pronounce π and p the same way!
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