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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).


Mar
9
comment What is the plural of “Starbucks”?
The trouble I have with this answer is that "blue" is an adjective, but "Starbucks" is generally used as a noun, so I don't think your analogy quite works. I don't think I've ever heard anyone refer to a "Starbucks store" just a "Starbucks". No vote, just comment.
Mar
5
comment What is the plural of “Starbucks”?
Thanks! Good answer. That sounds equivocal, but understandable. I'll wait a bit more before giving a tick.
Mar
5
comment What is the plural of “Starbucks”?
@Kris: Yes, I linked to that in my original question.
Mar
4
comment What is the plural of “Starbucks”?
Thanks @Kris & Araucaria. I suspect this might be a AE vs BE divide. To my (Australian) ear, it sounds awkward... and my (American) hearing aid isn't doing the translation properly. :-)
Dec
1
comment I recommend vs. I would recommend
@stewSquared: Agreed! I thought it was looking like 2.2 here: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/would "Warnock admitted it would be the ideal scenario if he received a Carling Cup winners' medal as well as an England call-up"
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.