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Maths teacher, Hobby programmer, ex Computing teacher.

I'm old enough that my early internet experience was using a dumb terminal with bakelite keys to access a server in a different city via JANet.

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Aug
9
comment Responding to a poor question
I disagree with tit for tat; it has overtones of retaliation for a malicious deed, which doesn't fit the context of a poor question, since most such aren't deliberately so.
Jul
4
comment “Is it just me or does this annoys you?” Please show me whats the mistake in this sentance
(tchrist is saying that annoy and annoys are different conjugations rather than different tenses.)
Jul
4
comment If Atheism is the rejection of all deities equally what is the polar opposite?
I know a number of people who consider themselves agnostic, but not atheistic. They believe that they don't know or that they can't know, and see that as a different position to atheism (which they equate with your gnostic atheism). Tangentially, the word "Gnosticism" was used for a particular form of religeous belief argued against in some of the New Testament letters in the Bible.
Jul
4
answered “Is it just me or does this annoys you?” Please show me whats the mistake in this sentance
Jul
2
comment Theorem about uniqueness of solution
@Sinusx Correct - the adjective cannot alter the English structure of that sentence, but will alter whether we use "a" afterwards. We can't say "a unique solution" more than once unless we change which equation we're talking about: "This has a unique solution. A solution is given by M(t)=..." feels wrong. It should be "This has a unique solution. The solution is given by M(t)=...".
Jul
2
revised Theorem about uniqueness of solution
Why does "a unique solution" appear more often than "the unique solution"?
Jul
2
answered Theorem about uniqueness of solution
Jul
1
comment degrees of temperature and humidity
"Moist" seems quite a mild word compared to "humid", but I've not thought of a better one. "Saturated" might be a firmer word but does sound rather formal and may be inappropriate from a physics point of view.
Jun
27
comment Which does English “l” and “r” sound come under, an allophone or different phonemes?
@JanusBahsJacquet and FumbleFingers Hehehe oops. I've always pronounced thither with an initial θ and second ð, but I see that my OED disagrees with me and uses ð! Bad example then! I was doubly right to remove it.
Jun
27
comment Which does English “l” and “r” sound come under, an allophone or different phonemes?
@FumbleFingers Your thigh vs thy example thoroughly convinces me that the two th sounds are different phonemes which share a representation, so I've removed it.
Jun
27
revised Which does English “l” and “r” sound come under, an allophone or different phonemes?
deleted thither on the grounds that thy and thigh show that the two copies of th are different phonemes
Jun
27
answered Which does English “l” and “r” sound come under, an allophone or different phonemes?
Jun
27
comment Word meaning 'common line of reasoning for a given issue'.
The word theory would fit there, but is more general than just a line of reasoning.
Jun
27
comment Use “of” or “for” with Institute, Department, Office…?
Largely of makes more sense, but for is often used (in the UK government). If you're naming a government website, go look it up on their webpage. If you're naming departments within your own organisation, I'd go with of.
Jun
25
comment Conundrum: “cleverer” or “more clever”, “simpler” or “more simple” etc
@NeilCoffey The other processes of language change provide the exceptions to the rules. The origins can sometimes determine the general pattern, as they do in this case.
Jun
24
comment Conundrum: “cleverer” or “more clever”, “simpler” or “more simple” etc
@NeilCoffey You very much missed my point. I don't say the h because my parents don't say the h because my grandparents didn't say the h because my great granparents didn't say the h becuase.... (skip about 36 generations) ... because their parents didn't say the h, because the Normans who introduced the word spoke French, in which the initial h was and still is omitted. Lack of knowledge doesn't imply lack of truth; you can learn the pronunciation without learning its root cause, so we don't need anyone to know that the Normans dropped the initial h for that to be the real reason we do.
Jun
23
comment Conundrum: “cleverer” or “more clever”, “simpler” or “more simple” etc
@Mari-LouA I'm from the UK, where commoner is a noun, not a comparative, and "stupider" sounds more stupid than "more stupid", and would be only used ironically. There are exceptions, but I think Anonym has hit on the most likely reason.
Jun
23
comment Conundrum: “cleverer” or “more clever”, “simpler” or “more simple” etc
@NeilCoffey Although most native speakers don't know the etymology, we learn how to use words from our parents, friends and teachers, so patterns and rules get passed on with slight mutations through the generations. Why is the h pronounced in hair but not in heir? Because centuries ago the coming Germanic folk pronounced the h and fewer centuries ago the arriving Normans didn't. Which verbs change tense by changing a vowel? The strong Old English (Germanic) ones: come/came vs arrive/arrived via French. The patterns are passed on through the generations. Word origins definitely play a part.
Jun
23
comment “More acrid than” but “stupider than” Why is that?
@BenVoigt ...but acrid is not binary, yet we don't say acrider than.
Jun
17
comment A word or phrase for “The problem solved itself”
You could borrow "in remission" from medicine, meaning that a disease is not currently active, but hasn't necessarily permanently gone. My car's battery drainage is in remission, but I'm still keeping a starter pack in the boot.