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I'm a physics student at the University of California.


Aug
3
comment A word that means that when two elements are mixed they become stronger
Also, similarly, amalgam
Nov
24
awarded  Yearling
Nov
24
awarded  Yearling
Oct
25
comment What does “programming in a vacuum” mean?
"A vacuum is often held up as a place where conditions are perfect and ideal, unlike the real world" - XKCD, as always, has a relevant comic. imgs.xkcd.com/comics/experiment.png
Jul
6
comment Why is “sherbet” pronounced “sherbert” so much?
@Ham and Bacon: Sorbet is frozen fruit juice Sherbet has milk/cream in it (somewhere between sorbet and ice-cream)
Jul
6
comment Is there a difference between “innocent” and “not guilty”?
There is a distinct difference between being not guilty or free of criminal culpability and innocent. If you kill someone in self defense, you are not guilty of any criminal offense in most U.S. states, however you are not innocent.
Jun
22
comment Do you say 'white blackboard'?
There are however black whiteboards for writing with neon-bright erasable markers.
May
30
asked Bow vs Bow - etymology of the differing pronunciation
May
26
comment Is it rude to call a gay person “homosexual?”
@lalli only when referring to a woman and I thought we were talking about a male :D (isn't society funny)
May
26
comment Is it rude to call a gay person “homosexual?”
@FumbleFingers why do you say that? The stated goals of most LGBT organizations is to promote acceptance and understanding of all sexual orientations and lifestyles. Acceptance includes the freedom to comfortably identify with your orientation without any stigma. As long as the exchange wasn't rude or openly hostile/derogatory/prejudicial, it should be no different than mentioning their hair color or what they are wearing. Why would asking what the "gay guys name" is be any different than asking "what the redhead's name" is?
May
7
answered “Solution to” vs. “solution of ”
Apr
20
comment Word for “the process of becoming a taboo”
Would you mind posting the words, "to make taboo" could work
Apr
20
comment Word for “the process of becoming a taboo”
although demonization is not quite the same, Bowdlerization is definitely placed in the "future use" and "pull out at parties" pile
Apr
20
asked Word for “the process of becoming a taboo”
Apr
18
awarded  Commentator
Apr
18
comment If someone says “Do not pass go” to you, what do they mean?
@Tim I believe the rule-book uses the phrase with regards to the "Go To Jail" square
Apr
15
answered What's the difference between colloquial and oral English?
Apr
14
answered Difference between “intern” and “trainee”
Apr
14
comment How is “cf.” to be pronounced?
In academic papers it often takes the place of a citation of a formula figure. I usually read it as "see figure bla bla" or "compare with figure bla bla"
Apr
14
comment “Going to go” vs “going to”?
Although I agree with this answer, The phrase "I'm going to go" quite often stands in for "I'm going to". When taking to my significant other, If ask what she's doing at 5p.m. she answers "I'm going to go to the store"