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Mathematician, programmer, polymath.


Apr
19
comment Is there a single word for date of death?
I would be most displeased with a cross on my gravestone. I'm rather sorry that it's the standard symbol in genealogy, and if someone can suggest another I'll adopt it.
Apr
19
answered How many of the “Top 10 favorite British words” are understood by Americans?
Apr
19
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
25
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
11
comment Meaning of “shelves” in an accounting ledger
@WS2 I haven't tracked hardcover prices, which would be more relevant, but the price increase of mass market paperback books is one of the steepest over the last 50 years. A typical "airport" novel was 25¢ then, and perhaps $8 or more now.
Mar
6
comment Vick would make Minnesota playoff team or Vick would make Minnesota a playoff team
While normally articles get dropped from headlines, I think the ambiguity here is bad enough to recommend the "a playoff" version.
Mar
6
comment “Shag” for “chase and bring back, fetch” in AE
The squeeze play. (Which I believe baseball borrowed from bridge, or is it vice versa?)
Mar
4
comment Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives
In that case, "the researcher", or even the author would be good.
Mar
3
comment Economic Fact or Fact of Economics?
I like principle. I think 'general' is a useful qualifier, too. I think the magic phrase, for economists, is ceteris paribus.
Mar
3
answered Does “to cook leeks” imply anything about the method of preparing them?
Mar
3
answered Economic Fact or Fact of Economics?
Feb
24
comment Nouns as verbs, Brits and Yanks: ID cards
Obviously they check the photograph on the license, but when the principal question is age, I think carded is far more frequent. Perhaps Budweiser had to take its second choice because "We Card" was already taken for an anti-tobacco group.
Feb
24
answered Preposition with 'claim': 'to' or 'on'?
Feb
22
comment why do we say “she” referring to a general user of a program
I haven't paid much attention to manuals, but there is certainly a trend in two-player situations to make one male and one female, so that pronouns work.
Feb
22
comment Abbreviations of St, Ave, Blvd, etc., for intersections and plurals of
Ordinarily, I would say to use St (period optional) on each of the choices. However, the streets you mention are in San Francisco and local practice is to omit street, avenue, etc., with a few exceptions from ambiguity or custom (e.g., Maiden Lane, once a red-light district). If you leave them out, you will look hip; put them in, you will look like out-of-towners.
Feb
11
comment Why do we no longer refer to Muslim and Hindu women as being 'in Purdah'?
(Scratches head) My professor friend who studies Indian Muslim women uses this word. I doesn't have much resonance in American culture, and isn't well enough known for metaphorical usage.
Feb
11
answered Should “guest of honour” be capitalised?
Feb
11
comment Are there racial overtones for the term thug?
I also agree with this answer. The issue is not about the etymology of thug, which is well known, but about the rather curious use of it to describe Sherman. He's a graduate of Stanford, one of the few universities where even the football players get educated. I tend to agree that he was called a thug because it is no longer acceptable to call him, well, you know…
Feb
1
comment English words of Latin origin: Did they replace existing words?
This earlier question is relevant. english.stackexchange.com/questions/97665/…
Jan
29
comment What is the English word for the stones used in Indian weighing balance?
Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt. [Leviticus 19:36, KJV] Similar language appears in other places in the Bible. I wouldn't underestimate the influence of the King James translation on English vocabulary.