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bio website ancestor-envy.blogspot.com.au
location Australia
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seen Dec 29 '13 at 0:17

Dabbled in family history when I first retired from full-time employment. Now regularly put in 60-hour weeks. Is that obsession?

Delighted to have a new focus for my writing.


Oct
25
awarded  Yearling
Sep
29
comment Troubled by a sentence in a Reuters article
As you have edited the sentence to creat a ratio of 1:1 million (and in the absence of background knowledge to provide context), then it is ambiguous. However when presented without context, many sentences are. I do not consider this a particularly egregious example.
Sep
23
comment Is “hayway” an English word?
The word you want is haywire.
Sep
18
answered “waste time“ and ” pass time"
Sep
3
answered Can a personal pronoun refer to a subject that is never explicitly mentioned?
Aug
27
answered Non-human specific synonym of demography?
Aug
23
answered What does “Awesome” mean when you are complimented by an Apple-shop salesclerk on your answer to a barrage of his questions?
Aug
20
comment Word for a police man getting money from someone forcefully
Whether there is a better fit than steal will depend on the circumstances. It is possible (although you make it sound unlikely) that there was a legal justification for the action. If not, then steal is absolutely correct.
Aug
18
answered What is a word or a phrase that means “interactive and amusing stuff?”
Aug
17
comment How to comprehend “The output should be false.”?
Without context, ANY interpretation is legitimate.
Aug
17
answered How to comprehend “The output should be false.”?
Aug
16
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
16
comment Potato or Potatoes
Potato may be uncommon in agricultural usage but the question is in a culinary context. A recipe might refer to the raw (quantised) vegetable but could equally mean a potato mash or grated potato. The list item given by the OP might be from a shopping list (in which potatoes is appropriate) or from mise en place when potato is definitely to be preferred.
Aug
16
comment Word meaning appearance of a word on a page? (emboldened, italicised etc.)
If I leave a hand-written note in which some words are underlined while others are in small caps, is that not a form of text decoration?
Aug
16
answered Does “alter” means “change into something worse”?
Aug
12
comment Chewing corn for gummy parrots? (Meaning? Origin? )
The metaphorical expression is appropriate to the context because "chewing corn" would involve moving the jaws in a speech-like pattern without actually contributing any sense to the conversation.
Aug
9
answered A word that describes something that has been given a name
Aug
8
comment I “go by” this name
Perhaps "I am known as Theo" or "You can call me Theo".
Aug
8
comment How should one talk about multiple Greek letters in text?
Do you intend to refer to the (literal) symbols or to the various concepts that may be represented by mu? If the latter, then there are no mus just several uses of mu in different contexts.