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Postdoc working in symplectic/contact topology. I'm currently at the Université de Nantes.


Jun
4
comment What's a good expression for “too much information”?
What is the context of your description? (e.g. is it for a referee report in an academic setting, is it an informal complaint to your friend, etc.) @TrevorD: I am used to seeing the idiom with "forest" instead of "wood". I guess this is American vs. British for you.
Jun
4
awarded  Critic
May
31
accepted origin of new meaning of whitewash
May
20
awarded  Commentator
May
20
comment Understanding sentences with double-negation
Can you give a few more details about what you mean by "such phrases"?
May
17
comment origin of new meaning of whitewash
@Marthaª: I was going to remove my incorrect discussion of barns, but the wikipedia article on whitewash (the paint) has a discussion of a traditional use on barns. In support of what you say, the two literary references that come immediately to mind are Matthew 23:27 and Tom Sawyer's fence.
May
16
asked origin of new meaning of whitewash
Sep
15
awarded  Scholar
Sep
15
accepted “thanks to (command)”
Sep
8
comment “thanks to (command)”
@BarrieEngland: (slightly tongue-in-cheek) I think I am really asking, "is it OK for me to laugh at them for being illiterate idiots, or am I going to look like the idiot when everybody starts using this phrase?"
Sep
8
comment “thanks to (command)”
@SevenSidedDie: thank you for clarifying my question.
Sep
8
comment “thanks to (command)”
@CoolElf: thank you for taking the time to write an answer. I presume that you are saying that you believe this usage to be incorrect, and are citing the MW and Macmillan as evidence of this. This doesn't quite satisfy my curiosity since dictionaries are often slow at including new or regional usages, but I recognize that this makes it nearly impossible to show that a usage doesn't exist.
Sep
8
comment “thanks to (command)”
"Illiterate/sloppy" is also my friend's conclusion and likely to be correct, given that no one else here has heard this unusual phrasing.
Sep
8
comment “thanks to (command)”
I agree that thanking someone in advance is rather presumptuous and should be avoided, but it is not rare for (educated, native) speakers of English to word commands that way. The most obvious one I can think of, "thank you for not smoking". I've heard "thank you for stowing your tray tables [...] at this time" on the airplane too.
Sep
7
awarded  Student
Sep
7
comment How do native English speakers respond to “Thank you”?
@Chan-HoSuh: I don't think you can claim there is an American standard of how frequently to say "thank you". In my experience, it varies as dramatically by region as it does across the Canada-US border.
Sep
7
asked “thanks to (command)”
Apr
27
awarded  Supporter
Apr
27
comment Usage of “symmetrical” and “symmetric”
At least in a mathematical context, I think "symmetric" is far more common. For one thing, there are many technical terms where "symmetric" is the correct choice (e.g. "symmetric space", "symmetric relation", "symmetric group"). I can't think of any technical term including "symmetrical".