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Jul
11
comment Failed Experiment?
@FumbleFingers Until your link I had never heard of either of those formulations, and I genuinely thank you for the interesting quotation. It is notoriously difficult to gather information on usage by googling e.g., which is one of the great things about a site like this. Whether the conventional interpretation of a potentially misinterpreted phrase is definitionally strict or not is exactly what I sought to learn by asking this question, although I see that it could appear otherwise when one is already familiar with the conventions.
Jul
11
comment Failed Experiment?
@FumbleFingers Because failure is obviously objective, because failure is obviously subjective, or because there is obviously irreconcilable ambiguity? And thanks for the quote! I've never heard that before.
Jul
11
comment Failed Experiment?
@Mitch Interesting. I guess the things that would make it English-specific would be the idiomatic ambiguity of the word "experiment", as well as the usage of the word "failure" as a subjective or objective descriptor.
Jul
11
asked Failed Experiment?
Jul
9
comment Commas around “and”
It looks to me like no comma is necessary. Why not "We have the option to provide notifications via telephone and possibly via email."?
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Oct
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comment What are some products that are now words?
@JohnC I have heard it used to refer to any small grill.
Sep
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accepted When and why did the letter “u” begin being called [ju]?
Aug
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answered Words with opposite meanings in different regions
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revised Name of castle part
Anglicized phrasing.
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revised What is the agent of a trial called?
Added example.
Jul
12
comment What is the agent of a trial called?
@msh210 Good point. Specified the question. To wit, as in Abraham at the Binding of Isaac.