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I'm a Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science major.


Aug
14
comment Origin of the phrase “fire away”?
He knows that's the current meaning, he wants to know the origin.
Aug
14
comment “Add number between x … y”
I was assuming that the OP was asking us because they couldn't reach their professor.
Mar
31
comment When could ellipses be considered to be overused?
Because there's no regulatory body for English, probably not. Show your writing to other people. After they've read it, ask them if you overuse ellipses. If you show it to a bunch of people and they all say that you overuse them, you do.
Mar
21
comment “At this section…” vs. “in this section…”
Could you provide an example? The answer is contextual, so specifics would help!
Jan
21
comment Is British English considered a foreign language to American English?
In that case, probably not. If you were talking about technical aspects like railroads, in which a lot of the words are different, I might note them as similar-but-distinct.
Jan
21
comment Is British English considered a foreign language to American English?
What sort of technical purposes? I imagine that there are a few in which it is, and many in which it isn't.
Jan
20
comment Addressing religious authorities
In general, personalized letters are better. Personalization includes having a specific job title. Fortunately, Wikipedia can help you in your search.
Jan
20
comment Which one is right? “Check out for… online” OR “Check out online for…”?
No. You have to check something out. You could say "Check the website out" or "Check out the website", but "online" isn't specific enough a place to use as an object here. I've edited my answer to reflect that.
Nov
15
comment What is the opposite of pollutant, in the sense of “victim” or “casualty”
Maybe pollutee?
Jul
15
comment Phrase meaning “North, but not directly North, from here”
Latitudes range from -90 to 90, but I've been led to believe that lower and higher always correspond to -infinity and +infinity, whereas smaller and larger maps to zero and one of the infinities, respectively.
Jun
26
comment Is “maker” less professional than “manufacturer”?
I associate maker with more custom, individual products (possibly from a smaller team or even a single person), whereas a manufacturer or supplier would be more the scale you're talking about. However, I have no idea how prevalent that usage is.
Apr
14
comment Does “salt mines” have any specific meaning?
Said significance also lead to idioms like "worth his salt" from as far back as Rome. Soldiers were actually paid in salt and the competent ones were considered worth their wage, or "worth their salt".
Mar
22
comment What is the English equivalent to the Japanese word 学者バカ, “Scholar’s fool”?
@PeterOlson you're right, that wasn't the best way to say what I was thinking. I changed it. Do you like it better?
Mar
22
comment “Man” vs. “guy” vs. “boy”
This and young adult are good descriptions for the grey area between boyhood and manhood/adulthood. +1 for you.
Jan
26
comment A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions
If we're accepting TVTropes as a source, you might be looking for the Punch Clock Villain or the Minion with an F in Evil.
Oct
21
comment What does “binder” mean? Why did it become a political buzzword?
@YoichiOishi the impossibility of a literal interpretation is a good summary of the joke itself - it was obvious what he meant, but he said something painfully easy to intentionally misunderstand.
Oct
6
comment What's a word for somebody you’ve never met?
But it's much better than, say, mentor or teacher. It's used similarly to role model, but with the added sense that they're more than just a personal inspiration, but that they exemplify the highest quality of a certain characteristic. It also carries some of the larger-than-life, admired-from-afar aspect that the OP asked for. If this person were an excellent moral compass or engineer, it would be valid to call them a paragon of morality or a paragon of engineering just as much as a role model!
Sep
17
comment “In the Internet” vs. “on the Internet”
And how about now?
Sep
13
comment What is the measurement for oxygen?
It wouldn't be. But that doesn't make it sound any less cool.
Sep
6
comment Term for locally installed and fully owned software
It seems to me that this description doesn't adequately address digital distribution, which could either be a service (anything cloud) or a product (e.g. photoshop).