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comment In Moderation, In Revision
On the other hand to say that the comments in a forum are moderated before they are published, you'd say "Forum comments are moderated" or even "The forum is moderated."
Dec
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comment What is another way of saying “less premium?”
The competition's brand was sub-premium. Are you sure it's a "was" and not an "is"?
Dec
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comment If not directions, what are items in the set {northbound, eastbound, southbound, westbound}?
That's one use of the word, i.e., where the compass points to. Another use is for actual direction of travel, e.g., "Where are you heading?" The direction doesn't even have to be strictly a straight-line affair, e.g., "We're heading to the shops"
Dec
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answered How do you describe a test that puts you in one of a number of grades (specifying the grade)?
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answered If not directions, what are items in the set {northbound, eastbound, southbound, westbound}?
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comment When does “part” mean “quarter”?
The way I read it is that a certain specified group is three parts and then there's another group specified. One would assume they're the last quarter as nothing else is said about this fraction. Three quarters is also a good idiom or whatever you call it for something that is substantial, a good round number majority.
Nov
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comment A word that describes goofing off at work that can be used as an adjective in front of the word activity?
i would argue that I'm just (if not more) productive than other workers, even though I do go out for a smoke and occasionally engage is smalltalk. Your language smells of stalinist management unless you start being a lot clearer. Most adjectives that come up in such situations only highlight a prejudice and dislike for the employee, rather than being accurate descriptors. Thus, avoid them mostly. You could say instead that the employee often instigates in non-work related conversations which is time wasteful for all concerned. A certain amount of sociability is required for humans to function.
Nov
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comment “Optional but recommended” vs “optional”
Software manuals use the terms required/optional in the context of what is the actual conditions controlling the logic of user supplied parameters. Btw it's required instead of mandatory, as you can require the parameters but not mandate them to anyone. it's a software manual not government policy. I've read a lot of software manuals in my time and all function calling conventions are written this specific way so that it's clear at the basal level what the software allows or not. Otherwise you muddy what software accepts and what's good vs bad vs ugly according to you.
Nov
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comment Can “quarry” mean “notebook”?
Thesaurus entry for quarry: aim, chase, game, objective, prey, prize, quest, ravin, victim. I suggest chase for Middlemarch being appropriate.
Nov
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answered Is there an adverb for “simplified”?
Nov
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comment How did the letter Z become to be associated with sleeping/snoring?
I think what he's saying is that brain electrical activity is pretty much the only activity during sleep. Hence the electrical symbol (lightning strike) which resembles and is substituted with is Z. Like dreams happening due to (electrical) brain activity.
Nov
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comment Gender-neutral Forms
What's wrong with angler?
Nov
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comment What is a friendly way to say ' Now processing'?
Processing is a generic word just like "working", which mean nothing specific. Hold music has the right connotation without using words, only kidding. Response times should be near real time, so there should be no need for "Now Processing" and instead should be "turning on TV". Just realised you have another pause after processing "Please wait". Does this app really work or just makes people waste time? Awaiting input, input received, processing input, please wait, establishing parameters, thank you [nothing happens]. If you really must "Baking commands" or "As you wish, M-A-S-T-E-R".
Nov
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comment Can “quarry” mean “notebook”?
I'm guessing that Quarry might hail from Enquiries or something similar. The other meaning of Quarry is a "sustained effort". Both of yesteryear usage.
Nov
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comment Appearance of “is is” in speech patterns
The word is, is is. Other similar babble abounds when restructuring would make a much clearer sentence. A duplicate "is" is used in a sentence mostly to seemingly improve flow; only it makes comprehension harder and it stands out like a sore thumb. I think it belongs in the same category as pronouncing nuclear as nukilar, i.e. lazy brain/tongue syndrome.
Nov
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comment Is “catenate” used in IT parlance?
I did my IT degree in late 80's but I still know what's what, only sometimes doing IT things now being a BA. Where have you been Bill? Have you gone to the other side? Shock and horror. Seriously it's always been and always will be concatenate. Incidentally, when I need to see all the non-printables in a file then I "send the cat to the vet" i.e. cat -vet the_file.
Nov
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comment How (and when) was it that the verb 'go' began to mean 'say' in common usage?
Reminds me of the Kylie Mole (Kylie Minogue impersonation character on Comedy Company) saying "She goes, she goes, she just goes." Using "Go" for every conceivable action is lazy, sometimes relating to a poor standard of education. The next stage of the "Go" pattern is that people don't say anything useful at all and use the word "go" for almost everything whilst making faces or hand movements to indicate what the real action was.