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Nov
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comment Man-hour vs. person-hour? Is the former now considered politically incorrect?
@Mehrdad "personpower" sounds awkward. Probably in most cases you can just rephrase: "we are understaffed", etc.
Nov
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Nov
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comment Man-hour vs. person-hour? Is the former now considered politically incorrect?
I understand your sentiment and have seen examples I considered silly. But "meaning" is more that definition, it's also connotation. "Fat" and "overweight" mean roughly the same thing, but "fat" has a more offensive feel. You probably don't use it as freely, because you want to be kind, even if you personally don't see the difference as important. Being considerate means considering how someone else feels, not how you think they should feel. If a woman told you she felt excluded by "man hours", would you say "get over it", or try to be considerate?
Nov
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answered Man-hour vs. person-hour? Is the former now considered politically incorrect?
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awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
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comment What is the rule for adjective order?
@cori - the fascinating linguistic point is that native speakers will have subconsciously inferred a rule like this without it ever being stated. The "rule" is really an observation of what they do. All languages and dialects consist of such unconscious rules.
Jan
31
comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
@JonHanna - it may not be the approach they use, but it's prescribed in apple.com/legal/trademark/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html
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comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
@Callithumpian - Interesting. Taking Apple's approach, we'd always say "two Raspberry Pi computers." It does solve the pluralization problem, but seems a bit awkward.
Jan
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comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
@theUg - You shouldn't have to apologize for being a stickler on a website dedicated to English Language & Usage. I fixed it. :)
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