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

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”
Jul
8
comment News - Singular or Plural
@MT_Head: I only noticed the x-ref in the 'related' list after writing my answer, too..
Jul
8
comment Does the end of this sentence convey what I want it to mean?
From the given context, it is not clear to me whether the remarkable prose is written using difficult mathematical ideas to explain humanities-related metaphors, or the other way around. However, the larger context would presumably make that clear. If it is to be taken in isolation, I would remove the ambiguity: "It is quite a remarkable piece of prose because it uses intuitive, humanities-related metaphors to explain difficult mathematical ideas rather than, as so often, the other way round.", or the converse organization.
Jul
8
answered News - Singular or Plural
Jul
8
revised Is the expression, “As Casey faced her the jury, America was able to sound off in tweets, texts, Facebook postings” right?
Fix trivial typo in title
Jul
4
comment How can I differentiate between the pronunciation of “w” and “v”?
Note that words from other languages may have different rules for the pronunciations (especially of W). For example, 'cwm' in Welsh, or Weimar or Wolfgang in German.
Jul
4
revised How can I differentiate between the pronunciation of “w” and “v”?
Fix trivial typos
Jul
2
answered Meaning of “build-up”
Jun
27
comment What does “uncancellable” mean? / What is a word for “not able to be uncancelled”?
@Josh: using more than one word: "[If no-one else has taken your space] you can reinstate your cancelled appointment", or "You can rejoin the club after cancelling your subscription".
Jun
27
comment When do nouns convert between mass and count?
What is 'M&S'? Modelling and Simulation? Marks and Spencer?