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comment Idiom criticizing a person who has unsolved problems but tries to give someone advice about them
@nemo It's a great proverb but it's different from the pot and kettle, isn't it? In the pot-version, both agents have the property, whereas donkey, at least the ones I've seen, don't even have horns...
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comment Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
Oh, my bad. I got side-tracked by on of the comments and though that Cobol was your answer. My bad. Well, it's at least a good attempt, although I hoped for a "real" adjective. What would you say the opposite of that be? I know that both Russians and French constructed languages that were Cobol-like but definitely not English-like...
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comment Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
Well, Cobol would be an example of such a language. What would you say here? "Cobol and SQL have XXX syntax, while C# and Java have YYY syntax, whereas LINQ has both XXX and YYY syntaxes."
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comment Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
@cobaltduck I'm not entirely sure that's the thing. I can imagine both naturally syntaxed and unnaturally syntaxed languages on the same generational tier... Also, it's not communicative to someone who doesn't have the definition of which generation corresponds to which feature.
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comment Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
@HotLicks I wouldn't mind an adjective for that. It's cumbersome to say it's a naturally syntaxed language and it's even more quirky to say it's an unnaturally syntaxed language. Although, I have to admit, the term does indeed correspond to what it looks like...
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comment Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
@Josh61 I'd hardly see any of the above as grammatical...
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comment Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
@JEL I'm afraid that's not it. Both examples are taken from procedural languages (VB and C#). The same distinction in syntaxes can be made for functional languages (declarative etc.) using SQL and LINQ. In fact, LINQ has both syntaxes available!
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asked Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax
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comment Idiom for making fun of something people are ashamed of?
@DoubleDouble I lean towards your statement. The second part of my answer is merely remotely related to the intention of the OP. The first part is much more on-spot. Good remark.
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comment Idiom for making fun of something people are ashamed of?
@DoubleDouble Good point. I wish to challenge it, though. What if the bear being poked isn't the person themself but rather the shameful property and we're metaphorically poking the sore point of someone's point (the bear being the sore point, not the person)?
Jan
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comment Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc
Oh, I was just being nerdy nit-pick. One can technically speaking construct a genitive form without the apostrophe: "it is my house." and "defender of the Crown", so I was just ass-covering my angles.
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comment Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc
@IMSoP It makes sense (as in, I can't contradict it without using google). In such case, Dan'll be able to prove me wrong by switching back a few centuries and schootching to a different language, hehe.
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answered What is the plural and singular form of people you follow on social media?
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comment Is puppy a synonym of dog?
@Mari-LouA And to defend my dignity a bit more I want to point out that I used woman because I wished to add to the variety of gender references. And a generic picture of a human tends to be a man. The intention was good. The delivery clumsy. I appreciate the civil tone of the remark.
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comment Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc
I thought ya was a contraction of ya'll, which was a contraction of you all. Hence, it should be ya'. But I might be mistaken. Your input is welcome. (Also, as a logician, I need to point out that you're wrong that you only use apostrophe to indicate letter omissions. I dare you to construct a possessive form without it. In a general case! My and of crown doesn't suffice...)