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Mathematician, programmer, polymath.


Mar
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
14
comment Why did the KJV use “thou” toward God?
My best guess is that this comment states that thou (etc.) were used because they were the literal translation of the singular 2nd person. (The cases are irrelevant, and of course the translations also used the correct declension.) But it goes on to claim that because Bible and Quran translators are "required" (by whom?) to be obsessive, they also use thou because the distinction between nominative and accusative is retained with thou and lost with you. I find this dubious.
Jan
9
comment Her eyes ate me
+1 for great author.
Jan
8
comment Examples of programming language affecting the english language
!likely; // character count food
Jan
8
answered Keep the good work up / Keep up the good work - Are they both grammatical?
Jan
8
comment male/female cousin or nephew/niece
Nephew and niece have a different meaning than cousin. Indeed, a cousin (if not "removed") is of the same generation you are, while a niece or nephew is one generation younger.
Jan
6
comment What's a common way of referring to the “tool” a person used to commit suicide?
Not to go too far off-topic, but easy availability of firearms in the USA is most definitely correlated with successful suicide attempts.
Dec
26
answered “in control of their own destiny”: a contradiction?
Dec
21
comment What does “in camphor” mean?
Indeed, when I was young, every spring my mother routinely put her winter clothes away in closets hung with moth balls. I suppose more versatile and moth-resistant fabrics have made this ritual less frequent.
Dec
17
comment What is correct phrase for the relationship with my son's father/mother in law
Spanish has consuegros. I have seen this question before, and always suggest we adopt cross-laws. (Machatonim enters Yiddish from Hebrew: chatan is the word for groom.)
Dec
17
comment Why is the letter J so common in names of people who go by their initials?
Spiderman's girlfriend MJ (a not uncommon nickname for Mary Jane)?
Dec
17
answered Divorce each other
Dec
17
comment A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?
I'm not sure it was the commercial, but BFF came to my mind and I'm an American of middle age.
Dec
4
comment Is the practice of calling others by initials acceptable?
The King and O is surely a parody of the title of the musical The King and I.
Dec
3
comment What 'checkout' is supposed to mean in 'git checkout' sentence?
@andy256 Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten SCCS. And in RCS, the term is co. I should remove it, because I am always typing ci (check in) for vi (an editor).
Dec
3
answered What 'checkout' is supposed to mean in 'git checkout' sentence?
Nov
25
answered What does “Booting these guys” mean?
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Nov
9
comment Word for piece of furniture in the hall/lobby for storing shoes
We are Americans, and we have a shoe rack in the entry.
Nov
9
comment Word for applying liquid to a cloth
Moisten is my vote.