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I am a .NET C# developer, I started out as a mainframe COBOL programmer back in 1987. Transitioned to VB6 in 2000, .NET when Visual Studio 1.0 was in Beta2. Now working in ASP.NET, Windows Phone 7.

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awarded  Excavator
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comment “Night” and “knight” in speech
And I confirm that the K in German Knecht is still pronounced. In fact, I don't think there are any German words beginning with "Kn" in which the K is silent.
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revised “Night” and “knight” in speech
fixed word choice
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comment “Night” and “knight” in speech
As @tchrist says, it's "homophone". "Homonym" means that the words are spelled alike but have different meanings. "Homophone" means that the words are sounded the same but are spelled differently. I've edited your answer accordingly.
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comment He nodded his head yes; she shook her head no
Thanks for the nice answer! As it turns out, the book in question has now been published, so this is now theoretical. See Yesterday's Sandhills - prospectavenuebooks.com
Apr
18
answered Do you use a comma after an exclamation inside quotes?
Apr
18
comment Formal word for 'emit anal air'?
Good answer. A somewhat less slang term would be to "break wind".
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
Believe it or not, @user72476, I've seen that word used, too.
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
Yes, @ElliottFrisch, I remember having a discussion of that word back in my high school English class. The teacher asserted that the Eton debating team made the word up in order to defeat a rival school in a debate -- since they didn't know what the word meant, they couldn't effectively respond to being accused of it.
Apr
18
comment Item queue vs items queue? Files list vs File list?
Except that a queue is not a list. I wouldn't use FileList for a queue containing files or filenames. But I would if it were a generic list (e.g. in .NET: IList<File>).
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
LOL! But not birthbed! Actually, a woman who is in the throes of childbirth used to be said to be in "childbed".
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
Sweet! +1 for the research.
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
@EdwinAshworth I've seen the words used in official forms for recording such things, my mother-in-law's death certificate, for example. Also in genealogical research. If I think of it I may ask my sister-in-law who lives in Germany. My wife is too Americanized to remember if "sterbedatum" is used in everyday conversation. BTW, I love how you got my little joke, there! :-) And "birthday" in the sense of an annual celebration is actually "Geburtstag", whereas "Geburtsdatum" literally means "birthdate".
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
So, the downvote is because....? Please explain yourself, sir or madam.
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
Wow, that is a very obscure usage. I've never heard it used, myself. But if OED says so, then I am forced to concede that may be the answer. Although, the word birthday is not generally used to refer to one's date of birth.
Apr
18
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
I appreciate the sentiment, @EdwinAshworth, but I beg to gently differ. Would you call "(6E,13E)-18-bromo-12-butyl-11-chloro-4,8-diethyl-5-hydroxy-15-methoxytricosa-6,‌​13-dien-19-yne-3,9-dione" a word? I find that a bit difficult to swallow.
Apr
18
answered Is there a single word for date of death?
Apr
17
comment Surely *some* wordsmiths must love America[ns]?
@terdon, there is no "dwindling" of the Native Americans in the US. Besides fullbloods, there are quite a number of Americans who bear Native blood. I am among them. And according to the 2010 US Census there are %-wise more Indians in the US than there were in 1890. 0.9% now vs 0.4% then, or 2,853,000 vs 248,253. Not dwindling at all.
Apr
16
awarded  Yearling
Apr
10
answered What is the origin of the phrase “A Mountain I'm Willing to Die On”?