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I am a software engineer at Beckman Couleter, Inc. I enjoy reading, playing piano, and dancing.


Nov
18
comment word or phrase for a smell that sparks nebulous memories of times or places past
To modern ears, the association with smell has probably disappeared entirely; still, this is quite a nice choice of words.
Oct
22
comment Secular phrase for “Heaven only knows” or “God only knows”?
I think I've heard "fuck(ed) if I know," but I don't think I've ever heard "fuck only knows." @rpilkey: Seriously??
Oct
21
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
@JoeBlow Ah, got it. I thought there was some particular "Seinfeldian" usage of "apocryphal."
Oct
20
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
@JoeBlow Is there a Seinfeld episode that makes significant use of the word "apocryphal"?
Oct
20
comment Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”
@LukasEder I think I can safely say that the only term in English that even comes close to the negative associations with the word "Nazi" is "terrorist."
Oct
8
comment Word for a person you consider personal and don't want to share with anyone
@Mari-LouA Since a good chunk of these comments got deleted, I'm sure I'm (literally) missing something, but why do you say OP isn't coming back? It's been less than a day since their post.
Sep
29
comment Why isn't a definite article used before “a labyrinth”?
@HuidongIm, To make the point that the description doesn't explain which labyrinth we're talking about more concrete, consider that a different set of subsidies and tax credits would constitute a different "labyrinth," so "of subsidies and tax credits" doesn't specify a specific "labyrinth."
Sep
29
comment Why isn't a definite article used before “a labyrinth”?
I've never heard the rule-of-thumb that "a definite article is used...when the noun is restricted by an of-phrase," and I can't say that I agree with it. Yes, it's possible to use an "of-phrase" to restrict a noun for use with "the," but (1) prepositional phrases certainly aren't necessary for using the definite article, and (2) I don't see why "of" is any more likely than any other preposition to indicate that the definite article should be used.
Sep
24
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Sep
12
comment Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
@KasperSouren I would contend that the difference between "regression" and "recurring bugs" is not just "fluff"--you may already understand the difference, but if not, do some more reading on the subject!! Regression testing is an extremely important concept. (Possibly more importantly, true TDD tests share aspects of unit tests, regression tests, and acceptance tests, but are ultimately slightly different from all three.)
Sep
12
comment Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
FYI, I think you mean "test driven development."
Sep
10
comment A little brain fart
To me, that phrase would imply something actually pathological about the workings of the brain in question.
Sep
9
comment Difference between “I am really sorry” and “I really am sorry”
"Really am" asserts sincerity; "really sorry" asserts intensity.
Sep
2
comment What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?
(Though I'll concede that @RBarryYoung's suggestion of "complement" is preferable.)
Sep
2
comment What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?
@EdwinAshworth "Antonym" may be "ill-defined" in the general case, but how seriously did you consider the possibility that OP wanted a phrase that meant "physical things that are not machines"?
Aug
26
comment Noun form of verb “decline”
@oerkelens Do you mean noun declension (rather than verb declination), or is "declination" just an obscure term for "conjugation"?
Aug
22
comment How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
@steveverrill Maybe it's just a question of personal opinion, but I don't feel like it's inherently impolite to refer to backwash. It's certainly not equivalent to "admitting to spitting some of the water back into the bottle."
Aug
22
comment How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
@steveverrill I believe I actually saw a Mythbusters or similar show trying to see which containers (cups, cans, etc) could be drunk from with the least backwash (by someone trying as hard as possible to avoid backwash). They found that unless they actually poured the liquid into their mouth from above with no lip-contact whatsoever, there was always at least some backwash. So I would suggest that you either completely stop sharing drinks or come to terms with the limitations of human mouths.
Aug
22
comment How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
@dwjohnston You've never heard the term? It's definitely not something one "uses"....
Aug
14
comment I don't like potatoes or ice-cream
Note to future readers who are confused: this answer was massively edited following @Eliah Kagan's comment.