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Systems architect, software developer, sysadmin. 20 years experience.


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24
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Jun
23
answered Who ''coined'' the term “scare quotes,” and why is the word “scare” used?
Jun
23
comment When does realisation of velar nasal /ŋ/ as alveolar nasal [n] happen along with tensing of the preceding vowel (/ɪ/ to [i])?
The tense vowel in -ing is common; I don't think it's terribly recent or due to Spanish influence, as my parents and I grew up far from any such. But the combination of the tense vowel with develarizarion (or "'g-dropping", as the media calls it when Obama or Palin do it) is not something I'd noticed before.
Jun
23
comment Usage question: “I hadn't drank any coffee before I lived in Italy.”
I agree that the triggering feature is probably the vowel change in the stem. I hear "have sank" with about the same frequency as "have drank" (relatively, that is, since "drink" is rather more common) - likewise "sang" and "shrank". I don't recall hearing "have began", so perhaps there's something about the velar, too.
Jun
23
comment Why do people say “over-” and “underwhelmed” but never just “whelmed”?
However, "whelm" does seem to be coming back in wordplayful circles as a middle ground between its derivatives, meaning "neither over- nor underwhelmed, just neutral". It seems that when something impresses you just the appropriate amount, you're "whelmed" in the modern sense.
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