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bio website sites.google.com/site/…
location CT, USA
age 48
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
seen Jul 16 at 11:12

What do I look for in a post? Clarity and Contribution.

NO vote: If the post is clear, but makes no contribution OR if the post is unclear, but makes a contribution (though I will try to improve the clarity either by comments or direct edit).

UP vote: If the post is clear and makes a contribution.

DOWN vote: If the post is unclear and makes no contribution (though I will try to see if I've missed something by commenting).


Oct
18
comment Why are you “On a train” yet “In a car” when you are inside both vehicles?
Seems to vary, depending on when the words were written: Google NGram searcher.
Oct
7
comment Which degree should be used?
Yes. There are fewer grains of sand in the bucket, but there is less sand in the bucket. :-)
Sep
18
comment What to call a collection of planets?
@skymninge: I've yet to meet a mother whose off-spring didn't consternate her at some point. Insanity is hereditary: you get it from your kids. :-)
Aug
31
comment What's the origin of the idiom “cut corners”?
@BraddSzonye: Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. I do disagree with your attitude, though: to me, it seems like a relatively straightforward connection. I didn't read the book in question, so I don't know that the quoted web page is incorrect -- just that I didn't find the precise quotation.
Aug
28
comment What's the origin of the idiom “cut corners”?
@Downvoter? Any comment so that I can improve my answer?
May
7
comment Single word for “inhale using your mouth with force or power”
@MarkCidade the question also says or a good phrase.
Apr
12
comment “Out of the box” — when should I use this phrase?
"Never, ever, think outside the box."
Feb
13
comment What does the abbreviation “con” mean in the following context?
I think Adam is correct (+1). There is no other (sensible) interpretation. I think the profile is being facetious: my interpretation is that he is saying he has C++ skills for gaming industry, but he does not consider these to be an asset. Perhaps he didn't like a previous position that used those skills; the gaming industry is known to be pretty full-on as a work environment.
Jan
27
comment Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?
I have certainly heard "double digit" here in the US, but when I think about it too much, it sounds like "two fingered" :-)
Jan
23
comment Are there popular English sayings to express “Big fuss, tiny result”?
@downvoter: Any comment as to why the downvote?
Jan
23
comment Are there popular English sayings to express “Big fuss, tiny result”?
@Sathyaish: Done!
Dec
30
comment What do students call their teacher in class?
@dcmckee Aramaic? ;-)
Dec
30
comment What do students call their teacher in class?
@tchrist: But the only North Americans who can speak English properly (IMHO) are Canadians! ;-)
Dec
30
comment What do students call their teacher in class?
@ColinFine : Especially since there are more English speakers in India than there are in England! :-) Or for that matter, most other English-speaking nations.
Dec
17
comment Specific verb for “training an apprentice”?
@nbubis: Interesting! Sorry, I can't read Hebrew (except through Google translate.. which gives me "program overlaps" --- which sounds more like this question than the question it's in!). To me "program" is more technical than operational / HR.
Dec
16
comment Specific verb for “training an apprentice”?
@MarkBeadles: Your link seems like a totally different question to me! This question is asking about transferring detailed technical information to another employee (not necessarily one that is new-to-the-company, just new-to-the-area). The linked question is about orienting a new-to-the-company person: where is the bathroom? how do I book my vacation days? etc. Nothing to do with the specific area of knowledge.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of “skyrocket”?
@TimPietzcker : +1 My first thoughts on reading the question!
May
14
comment Spaces around a colon
@tchrist: Agreed. I write documents all the time (primarily in MS Word), and I wouldn't know how to do a short space (and keep it there). LaTeX or TeX, fine, but users of those or other typesetting programs are in the minority.
May
7
comment “-ee” and “-er” word endings
I could never understand the use of the word "standee" for "one who stands". It sounds like it should mean "one who is stood upon!"
May
4
comment Is “burst oneself laughing” a valid expression?
"She nearly p*ssed herself laughing" is closer to what I have heard... :-)