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Long-time Informix user and developer, experienced in C and Unix (many variants). Email: jonathan.leffler@gmail.com

Sep
3
comment Meaning of “a wisp in the ether”?
Close, but a shadow can imply a solid body (and a light source) casting it, whereas a wisp denies solidity. 'Gossamer' has some of the right connotations; 'ghost' or 'spirit' or 'phantom' have some of the right connotations. Maybe 'like a phantom in the æther' might work, if you can translate 'phantom' well.
Sep
3
comment Meaning of “a wisp in the ether”?
I can't think how you would derive 'stack' from 'wisp'; it seems a very odd translation, and would indeed be confusing.
Sep
3
answered Meaning of “a wisp in the ether”?
Sep
1
revised What is the origin of British/Irish cinema names?
theses --> these; Engish --> English
Sep
1
answered What reasoning is behind the names of the trigonometric functions “sine”, “secant” and “tangent”?
Aug
27
comment Origin and meaning of “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar”
You don't catch flies in order to be nice to them; you catch flies by being nice to them. Flies are not attracted by vinegar; flies might well be attracted by honey.
Aug
27
revised Word order in fractional quantities
Suggest not referring to other answers - because voting can change the order in which they appear.
Aug
26
answered A better way to express this sentence to clarify its meaning?
Aug
26
revised A better way to express this sentence to clarify its meaning?
Fix trivial typos
Aug
24
comment Is there a word for the act of dimming an oil lamp?
Two wholly separate meanings of trim.
Aug
24
comment Is there a word for the act of dimming an oil lamp?
To trim an oil lamp is to cut the wick so that the flame is more moderate (so it does dim it), but I believe you could turn down the wick on an oil lamp to reduce the light without trimming the wick.
Aug
23
comment “Just deserts” or “just desserts”
It seems to me that 'just desserts' is what kids would like for every meal; skip the main course, and have just desserts.
Aug
23
answered Is there a word for the act of dimming an oil lamp?
Aug
23
answered “Neither . . . nor” vs. “nor . . . neither”
Aug
23
revised “Neither . . . nor” vs. “nor . . . neither”
Fix trivial typos
Aug
15
awarded  Excavator
Aug
13
comment Appropriate use of the term “transversely”
I'm puzzled about the contrasting ranges being 'lower' and 'larger'. A 'low range' might be appropriate for music or gears, and the opposite would be a 'high range'. A 'large range' might be appropriate for where a species is found in the wild or the difference between the smallest and largest values in a matrix, and the opposite would be a 'small range'.
Aug
13
answered Is “of course” just a warning that something is NOT obvious?
Jul
27
answered “A guy whose job is to” vs “a guy whose job it is to”?
Jul
27
answered “Undertake” and “overtake”