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Apr
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comment What do you call the child who doesn’t resemble his / her parents in English?
Wow, those terms sound like a really mean thing to say.
Mar
29
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Mar
11
comment Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?
Nope, not personally.
Mar
9
comment Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?
He also only wrote the kernel which is as far from a Linux distribution as you can get ;)
Mar
9
comment Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?
I'm German and I've never heard the abbreviation "Distri" for "Distributor" while I frequently encounter "Distri" as a shortening of "Distribution" in the context of Linux distributions.
Mar
7
comment From French “manœuvre” to English “manoeuvre”, does “œ” exist in English?
I was also thinking of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Another use that's still comparatively common AFAIK is that in "curriculum vitæ". Perhaps because there's an increased incentive to show off ;) OTOH that's exactly the reason why I wouldn't use this in a CV itself – it easily comes off as presumptuous.
Jan
30
comment Is there a non-sexual phrase for sleeping with someone?
I think the end of that article sums it up pretty nicely: "See also [...] Non-penetrative sex" =D
Jan
15
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Jan
14
comment What does “if you will” mean?
Just wanted to add that while the German "wollen" (to want) seems to use a different vowel, its singular conjugations are "ich will, du willst, er/sie/es will" so it's almost identical to the older English usage in form and meaning.
Jul
24
comment Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?
@Pitarou Well, at least that's not the Scripture then but just some proverb ;) I admit that Matthew 19:30 is much narrower in meaning than the Japanese proverb. But depending on the context it might fit so that's why I contributed it.
Jul
22
comment Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?
@Pitarou Did you actually downvote me because your interpretation of some Bible verse is different from mine? Or was that someone else who also has different view on how to treat thy neighbour? In any case, I'm pretty certain that this passage means exactly that: someone might be rich and successful in this life but if he got there by screwing people over then he'd better enjoy it while he can. Whereas an honourable beggar might be scorned now but he can hope to life a fabulous afterlife.
Jul
21
answered Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?
Jun
28
comment “Which” vs. “what” — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other?
So the answer is that ultimately there are cases where there are no rules but you have to kinda know the connotations? Huh.
Mar
24
comment Euphemism for “a person one really detests / hates”?
You want to curse at someone without being vulgar? That's more like an art form I guess. I doubt it can be answered here easily without further information.
Mar
23
comment “each day” → “daily”; “every other day” →?
@tchrist Isn't that the whole "biannually" debate again? Yes, semiannually seems to mean "twice a year" for almost everyone. But biannually maddeningly means the same thing to many, while it means "every other year" for others.
Mar
23
comment When should I not use a ligature in English typesetting?
I had the feeling that this question should be linked: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/42429/… It also contains a rather long list of words and it discusses how to suppress ligatures in TeX.
Mar
18
comment Does “filling out” equal to “filling in”?
@GrahamBorland Would you treat a questionnaire just like a form in terms of "filling in" vs. "filling out"? The reason I ask is this thread that paints a somewhat more complex and unfortunately less definitive picture than this discussion here.
Mar
15
comment How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?
+1 for the good and differentiated summary, even though I couldn't disagree more with your opinion. I find TeX's default behaviour most ugly and typing \frenchspacing is among the first things I do for a new document.
Mar
6
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