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comment Is “denigrate” a racist word?
I think it's helpful to remember that the etymology of a word does not necessarily indicate its meaning. To claim that a word somehow mysteriously means X because it derived from a word meaning X is a form of the "genetic fallacy." "To denigrate someone" does not mean "to blacken that person." As shown in the M-W definition, the meaning (in today's English) has nothing to do with dark colors, let alone with dark-skinned races.
Sep
30
comment Do people pluralize “WiFi” with an “s”?
@curiousdannii, good point that Wi-Fi is commonly used as a noun (as terdon has now edited his answer to show). I only quibble with the statement that it has to be a definite noun. I think you're reacting to the fact that a Wi-Fi doesn't work. But this is not because a is indefinite; rather, because a requires a countable noun. As a counterexample, Did you find any Wi-Fi? is indefinite but sounds OK.
Aug
29
comment Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?
It still sounds like omission is used to refer to the act of omitting. But I could be wrong.
Aug
29
comment Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?
It really depends on what version or aspect of the question you're trying to answer: the one that asks what "..." is called? or the one that asks what the removed words are called? or the one (if there is one) that asks what the act of removing words is called?
Aug
29
comment Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?
I'm not sure which version of the question this is attempting to answer. If it's saying that "omission" means the words that were removed, as the current version of the question asks, that doesn't seem to be supported by the quotation given.
Aug
29
comment Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?
This quotation doesn't seem clearly to indicate that the missing text is called an omission; rather, it sounds like the action of removing text is referred to as an omission.
Aug
26
comment Dictionary of English word syllables and stresses
Strange that this was marked as a duplicate. The linked question doesn't ask about syllable or stress pattern specifically. It does mention pronunciation, but often pronunciation data doesn't include full information about syllables. And it was not clear from the answers which, if any, of the online resources mentioned included information on stress and syllable structure. I just added an answer there but maybe it belonged more to this question.
Aug
26
answered Where can I obtain an English dictionary with structured data?
Aug
26
comment Dictionary of English word syllables and stresses
Wiktionary doesn't consistently have pronunciation data; where it does, it doesn't consistently include syllable divisions.
Jul
29
comment Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?
I don't see the repetition. I was appealing to more objective sources than our speculations about what the boy has done, and our differing personal feelings about what "jaded" means.
Jul
29
comment Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?
I was going by the OP's statement, that the boy "would never have a Facebook or Twitter account," and therefore is inexperienced in such things. M-W's definitions of jaded include "by having done or experienced too much of something" and "by experience or by surfeit."
Jul
29
comment Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?
Maybe, but to me, jaded is mainly about having lost pleasure in things that others enjoy, having experienced them to the point of boredom; whereas the described boy seems to dislike modern things for other reasons than having tried them a lot and become disillusioned. 'Jaded' also seems wholly negative, whereas this boy likes the things of yesteryear.
Jul
17
comment Hypernyms for directions
@FumbleFingers: I agree with the OP, from a math/engineering point of view, in a domain where there are two dimensions, it doesn't make much sense to say that "up" is not a vector just because its horizontal component is zero. In 3D graphics or robotics, "up" is pretty much always treated as a vector of 2 (or 3 or more) components, rather than as a different type of object from "up-left".
Jul
17
comment Hypernyms for directions
I like "cardinal" - it seems both discriminative and descriptive. "Intercardinal" may be discriminative but it's not intuitive. @OP, what about "cardinal" vs. "compound" directions?
Jul
17
comment Why is there no “autumntime” or “falltime”?
P.S. As you once said (english.stackexchange.com/questions/96697/…), "if it cannot be easily demonstrated, then it may well not be true." ;-)
Jul
17
comment Why is there no “autumntime” or “falltime”?
+1, a thorough answer. I would only quibble with the statement "absence of evidence never constitutes evidence of absence," which I would amend to "absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence." There are many cases (e.g. in experimental particle physics) where absence of evidence of a particular phenomenon where expected is interpreted as evidence of its absence, even if not as conclusive evidence by itself. See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence_of_absence
Jul
17
comment A person who criticizes his own homeland/city/country?
As an aside, "bite the hand that feeds you" is often used apart from a criticism/advice format, i.e. indicative rather than imperative: google.com/…
Jul
17
comment Which (if any) pedantically, grammatically, correct uses of the apostrophe will lead to a valid “NOUNs’s” construction?
+1. I would only add, can you clarify the first sentence (1st paragraph) to accommodate the first sentence of the 2nd paragraph? Did you mean "The only case where you might see s's in the plural is with names"?
Jul
17
comment Where did the expression “achievement unlocked” come from?
Andrey, thank you for asking this question. The mismatch between the normal usage of "unlock" and its meaning in regard to achievements confused me for a long time, and still bothers me. It seems to me that even in video games (except for achievements), "unlocking" something means that it becomes ready to be opened or accessed. I always wondered, "If these are my unlocked achievements, what do I need to do now to achieve them? And why are the others locked?" Maybe my question is more specific than yours: why does gaming use the word unlock for achieving an achievement?
Jul
8
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