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Nov
4
comment Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?
Although it's worth noting that some feminists have seen "man" implied by "woman", and want to replace it - possibly with "womyn" or "womon"
Nov
4
comment Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?
Although of course -san is a japanese honorific suffix, clearly indicating the word's sinocentric bias. For shame! :p
Oct
17
comment What is the better way to say, “I will wait until you ask me to start off”?
@GreenAsJade Yes, it probably is less used, but the other words have additional baggage - e.g. approval implies that the approver has positive feelings regarding whatever it is; clearance doesn't have an emotional connotation.
Oct
16
answered What is the better way to say, “I will wait until you ask me to start off”?
Sep
12
answered Why do sentences that start with “guess” end with a question mark?
Sep
9
comment Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?
Recalcitrance: resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant. How is that in any way relevant?
Aug
13
comment What is a 'first enemy' called?
@DavidRicherby Yes, that makes more sense then. I think the distinction between "my worst enemy" and "the worst enemy" is worth making, as it really changes the possible interpretations.
Aug
13
comment What is a 'first enemy' called?
@DavidRicherby Counterexample: Person1: "Did you see [movie]? [badguy] really sucked!" Person2: "Yeah, [badguy] is like, the worst enemy ever!"
Jul
31
comment A word for saying things indirectly because you do not know the correct word
This is avoidinging directly speaking about a subject, not a word. It's completely different.
Jul
23
comment What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
@EdwinAshworth That's getting into, as Oldcat says, math rather than english - in common parlance, "fractions" can mean both a fractional number, however expressed, and also the specific form of expressing it when one number is written over another, with a line between them. Although I suppose this might be a slang usage which is not common where you live, in which case I apologize, and should have explained that in my question.
Jul
22
answered Use of semi-colons vs commas when listing items with colons
Jul
22
comment Are the hyphens necessary in “hard-to-find” or can they go without?
@tchrist If this is a duplicate, please provide a link to the original question. Otherwise submit your comment as an answer so that it can be voted on/marked.
Jul
22
comment What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
Best answer for being the only one to include all three answers: periodic, repeating, recurring. The Ngram is helpful.
Jul
22
accepted What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
Jul
22
comment What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
@EdwinAshworth Any number X can be expressed as a fraction: X/1. I think the ability to write the number is not the main assumption being made when we call something rational.
Jul
22
comment What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
@Rupe No, you're just being pedantic. You're right that they don't have to be expressed as fractions; Technically, you can even express them as bananas if you want, given an appropriate translation from math into fruit. That misses the point of the question though.
Jul
22
comment What do you call each individual component of a number: a “digit”, a “figure”, or “place”?
"digit" means "finger". "Digital" means "relating to fingers". The more you know...
Jul
22
comment What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
@HighPerformanceMark Yes, I meant to exclude irrational numbers, as I feel they are a separate category.
Jul
22
asked What do you call a fraction that cannot be written as a finite decimal?
Jul
21
asked Where does “flying in the face” come from?