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Dec
8
comment Is it correct to use “their” instead of “his or her”?
@PeterShor For a member of Congress, "it" could be appropriate ;-)
Nov
14
comment 'Vulnerable' Without Negative Connotations
Vulnerable in terms of humility is both a strength and a weakness. "The more vulnerable you are, the stronger you appear," is a principle in human relationships.
Sep
11
comment What is a person who never leaves a tip called?
@terdon I have never heard it used, but I understand how the term may have come about based on the anecdote I gave above.
Sep
10
comment What is a person who never leaves a tip called?
I spent 10 days in the Gaspé peninsula (Quebec), a favorite for French tourists in August. There were plenty of explanations of what is 15% tipping (in French, so it wasn't for the German tourists). There were even menu options at Hotel Normandie in Percé that included a 15% "service" - they were no different than the menu options without "service"... My wife found this odd and my only conclusion was it is so the French (or European) tourists didn't have to do calculations at the end since they're not used to it.
Sep
10
comment What is a person who never leaves a tip called?
Canadian? It's ironic. Canada has higher sales taxes that include provincial and federal tax (in Quebec it's almost 15% total). But a 15% tip is generally expected here. So, if you pay 15% of the total (after taxes), you're giving way more tip than you would in the USA, where (state) sales tax might only be 3% or 5%.
Jun
4
comment A word that describes the polite phrases we use to begin our letters
In the case of bad news, there's perhaps no easy way to sugar-coat things. I wouldn't try to reinforce my good intention at the start, but I would say I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news.
Mar
24
comment Adjective to describe a task that will take a long time because it's a lot of work and/or a lot of waiting
Thanks for the suggestions. Since you seem to grok the lingo, I'll add the problem is with tasks that should not run on the UI thread. It's bad to block the UI thread for too much time, and it doesn't matter what the reason is.
Feb
27
comment How do you pronounce “melee”?
As for butcherings, I've heard may-lay and even mee-lee
Feb
27
comment Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation
"We can improve the recognition rate..." could be phrased actively with "Our novel algorithm based on this cool heuristic improves the recognition rate."
Nov
26
comment Equivalent expression to Spanish “cutting by the healthy part”
+1 -- to take drastic measures and to take drastic steps
Nov
26
comment Equivalent expression to Spanish “cutting by the healthy part”
+1 the context of this expression is also to stop something unhealthy before it gets too big. However, I'm not sure it captures the fact of sacrificing something good as a consequence.
Nov
14
comment What is the term for those cylindrical metal or plastic protrusions?
FYI Google image search located the documentation for me.
Nov
5
comment Is “Did you it?” a valid question?
All grammar aside, be diplomatic in the way you approach your teacher about the results posted here on ESE (if you approach your teacher at all). Being "right" in this case may not mean you will be happy with the consequences.
Nov
4
comment “My hand is paining” or “my hand is hurting”
+1 Having grown up in the US and had the pleasure to have many Indian-born friends, I would never say "my hands are paining" except when I wanted to sound like a chap from India! :)
Nov
1
comment Possessive Form of a Proper Noun Ending in a Plural Noun Ending in “s”?
@ESultanik but the comment makes it even simpler (and this is the rule I always learned in the USA).
Nov
1
comment Why is it that denuding something means you strip it rather than dress it?
@Kris some definitions of de- could mean intensity.
Nov
1
comment Why is it that denuding something means you strip it rather than dress it?
And we dust the furniture.
Nov
1
comment Nested parentheticals — restructuring for clarity
So, you're saying hypothetically that your first example is correct?
Nov
1
comment Nested parentheticals — restructuring for clarity
As stated in FumbleFingers' answer, the example and question don't make sense in a way. JavaScript is the only trademark. Sun and Oracle are companies who have owned it (along with Netscape). Can you re-pose the question with an example that makes sense? For example, Oracle owns the trademark for JavaScript (formerly a trademark of Sun, formerly a trademark of Netscape)
Nov
1
comment Is the account balance “less” or “smaller” when we compare two amounts?
+1 for catching the negative size aspect