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

Nov
21
comment In what order should you say people's names?
If "we lost the match" isn't suitable, then "you, he and I lost the match" is normal. In other words, I don't think the positive/negative distinction is valid in English. At least, not in English English as I was taught it half a century ago.
Nov
21
comment In what order should you say people's names?
I don't think the advice about "I first when negative" is valid. The second example sentence is simply not idiomatic English.
Nov
21
comment What does 'TL;DR' mean and how is it used?
In my work environment, it is normally considered polite to put the TL;DR comment at the top of the email, leaving the details below for those who need to read it all.
Nov
20
comment “…and all would have to be accounted for.” Improper sentence ending at 'for'. Please suggest alternative
It is fine as it stands, but if you must change it, then "and we would have to account for all of them", where the agent ("we") could be changed to suit the circumstances.
Jun
3
comment Beer is made ___ yeast, water, hops, and malted barley
@SteveJessop: the question title always had "and malted barley" at the end. When the title was first copied into the question body, the all-important "and malted barley" was replaced by an ellipsis. I've copied the three words in place of the three dots.
May
26
comment What word or phrase means “a loss of what was on your mind”?
I'm not convinced aporia is correct in context. Aposiopesis is more nearly on target, but still has connotations of voluntary discontinuity of expression whereas the question is more about involuntary behaviour. I'd agree with drawing a blank or brain fart.
Feb
23
comment “Forgot” vs “Forget”
@BenCrowell: obviously, I disagree with you, but each to their own dialect of English.
Jun
13
comment Differentiate between past and present just by pronunciation when word is followed by d- or similiar sound
I'm pretty much in agreement with superdemongob. In the 'killed the' version, if the 'd' followed by 'the' is not fully separated, then the 'd' gets sounded and the 'th' gets mangled/dropped (almost like 'killed uh').
Sep
25
comment How long does it take to mull something over?
'Fortnight' is a contraction of 'fourteen nights'; in Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 13, Mr Collins letter), you come across "se'ennight" for 'seven nights' or 'week'. 'Fortnight' is not only Old English; it is still used frequently in England (but "se'ennight" is obsolete). I've never heard of "Mull" in the context of 'fortnight', but that may be just not having listened to the right information.
Mar
1
comment “We've got you covered” on an umbrella
I think all puns are plays on words, but there are plays on words which are not puns.
Jan
26
comment Is there a prefix that indicates that an event recurs four times a year?
Biweekly for every two weeks (or fortnightly if you aren't in the USA). Bimonthly for every two months. Trimonthly would be a possibility, but 'quarterly' is a better choice.
Jan
13
comment How does one deal with one word in parenthesis at the start of a sentence?
I think the circumstances of this question are slightly different from the other, so they are not exact duplicates.
Jan
5
comment How does one deal with one word in parenthesis at the start of a sentence?
I think your new example should probably treat the (Maybe) as a single word sentence (interjection), and punctuate accordingly (Maybe.) or (Maybe!) or (Maybe...). Or treat it as a parenthetical adverbial at the end of the first sentence: ... I'm never baking again (maybe!). The whole kitchen ....
Sep
20
comment How to write “calf's liver” on menu
I'm not convinced 'we all agree' is correct; I don't, for one. I think calves' liver is likely to be correct quite often.
Sep
5
comment There is/are one or several apple/~s?
+1 for the 'There is at least one apple' alternative.
Sep
4
comment What do you call someone who chooses to stay single for life?
Is 'sensible' allowed?
Sep
3
comment Meaning of “a wisp in the ether”?
If 'shadow' translates and the alternatives don't, you're probably close enough not to matter. 'Disembodied shadow'? Accurate but ugly; the original has a poetic cast to it, and 'disembodied' does not. Good luck; choice of words is hard enough in English without struggling to get it into another language too.
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.
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.