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Jan
29
comment Term or phrase describing action occuring when not watching
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the word "quantum". This would sort of be anti-quantum: the event only occurs (exists) when you don't look for it.
Dec
17
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
21
comment What is the moon zenith called?
Believe it or not, the moon can culminate without reaching it's zenith. Reason: the moon's declination changes fairly rapidly, so the moon's elevation/altitude can continue increasing after culmination. (see astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/937 for details)
Nov
21
comment What is the moon zenith called?
If you ask google to "define zenith" google.com/search?q=define+zenith it gives "the highest point reached by a celestial or other object" as the first definition and yours as the 2nd definition. Even as an (amateur) astronomer, I've used zenith to mean highest point, not overhead.
Sep
19
comment To what reading level does a specific word like 'verbose' belong?
Another way to use wiktionary to find reading level. Visit the word, then click "what links here": en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Special:WhatLinksHere/verbose If you scroll down a bit, you'll see a link to en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists/PG/2006/04/… which further shows its one of the 22401st-22500th most popular words in the language.
Sep
19
comment To what reading level does a specific word like 'verbose' belong?
The scowl database wordlist.sourceforge.net also ranks words by difficulty level. "Verbose" is level 20, 394ec01c0d122f63ebd7f0ce82413c15.scowl.db.barrycarter.info the second lowest level.
Jul
24
awarded  Yearling
Jul
24
comment What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase “I want to visit clubs with attractive women”?
Aren't those unambiguous solely due to context? If someone was studying English purely grammatically and didn't know what "brother" or "beers" meant, this could still be ambiguous?
Jul
24
accepted What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase “I want to visit clubs with attractive women”?
Jul
24
asked What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase “I want to visit clubs with attractive women”?
Jul
24
awarded  Editor
Jul
24
revised Is ”If I leave, it’s because Bob has arrived” ambiguous?
context
Jul
18
comment Is ”If I leave, it’s because Bob has arrived” ambiguous?
@KristinaLopez Thank you! That's the meaning I had in mind when I said it... now let's see if others agree.
Jul
18
awarded  Critic
Jul
18
asked Is ”If I leave, it’s because Bob has arrived” ambiguous?
May
27
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
28
accepted Word/phrase meaning: during debate, telling opposing party to read 1000s of pages
Feb
28
asked Word/phrase meaning: during debate, telling opposing party to read 1000s of pages
Jan
21
comment What is a good word for “best example”?
the "canonical example"?
Jan
16
comment Can we call something a “word” if it doesn't have a vowel?
What is the second letter of the English alphabet? What letter often represents a percentage score of 80-89? What's the first letter of the words 'bee'? The word 'B' may not be acceptable in Scrabble, but it's definitely a word. 'nth' is probably the most commonly used example of a vowel-less word