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Working on getting a bachelor's degree and specializing in Java.

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Jul
31
comment Why is “great” pronounced as “grate”, but spelled with “ea”?
I may be mistaken but there seems to be a slight different in pronunciation between the two. "Grate" would be pronounced with a short sound whereas there would be more emphasis on "great". Of course, this impression could be due to emotional context or local pronounciation. Such subtle differences do exist in other languages such as French though.
Jul
3
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Jul
3
comment “Bless you” & sneezing
Not at all. It's just a nice thing to say and can sometimes bring up a giggle.
Jun
13
revised In the sentence “Each time you sleep with someone, you also sleep with his past,” what does “past” mean?
Corrected spelling
Jun
13
suggested suggested edit on In the sentence “Each time you sleep with someone, you also sleep with his past,” what does “past” mean?
Jun
5
comment Is there a word for a concept defined by the lack of something?
@dmckee: You're right about physics (been a while since I read through textbooks on the subject). What I meant to say is a cold objet is lacking caloric energy but it could be said to be "gaining" in terms of other properties. This is why I still feel it's a relative concept as is implied by the "lack of something", something being the point of reference.
Jun
5
accepted Established as a rule through experimentation or statistics
Jun
5
revised Established as a rule through experimentation or statistics
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Jun
5
comment Established as a rule through experimentation or statistics
Yes, that's the word I was looking for. A broad vocabulary is a good thing but it needs to be maintained through regular usage.
Jun
5
comment Is there a word for a concept defined by the lack of something?
One could however see things alternatively: heat could be considered as the lack of inertia keeping molecules still. Interesting idea though. I'd be curious to see if there is a way of expressing this idea in a concise fashion.
Jun
5
comment What word means “to speak something into existence”?
I've also heard the expressions "auto-prophecy" or "auto-realization".
Jun
5
asked Established as a rule through experimentation or statistics
Jun
4
comment How can I write out 1.5?
@GEdgar: They do. Naught would be spelled "nought".
Apr
24
awarded  Scholar
Apr
24
accepted Cognitive capacity and (memory) capacity
Apr
18
awarded  Student
Apr
18
asked Cognitive capacity and (memory) capacity
Apr
14
comment Will some parents be offended when being asked, “Is it male or female?”
Right. It as in undetermined or unconceived (although that is a debate on it's own).
Apr
10
comment Will some parents be offended when being asked, “Is it male or female?”
@Martha: I completely agree with you. As I said, there is a minority that might take it badly even though this is correct use of the English language. I wouldn't let this change your habits though.
Apr
10
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