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Aug
15
comment Is there an American English equivalent of the British idiom “carrying coals to Newcastle”?
How about, "Sisyphean as carrying out a futile task repeatedly like Sysiphus, a Greek mythological figure that was doomed to endlessly roll a boulder up a hill in Hades as a punishment for defying the gods" ?
Aug
15
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Aug
15
comment Is there an American English equivalent of the British idiom “carrying coals to Newcastle”?
Would "Preaching to the choir" be considered as equivalent to "Preaching in the desert" (In French, "Prêcher dans le desert").
Aug
15
comment Is the term 'String' too jargony to use in a user interface?
Definitely too jargony as you say. A string for everyday people is still a filament made up fibrous material, not a chain of somethings. Go for text, characters/letters, words/phrase or whatever vocabulary is used for describing this to kids in schools. P.S: You should take that programming hat off every now and then ;)
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
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Jul
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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
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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
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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".
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