Mr. Shiny and New 安宇

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bio website eternalephemeron.blogspot.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 35
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
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I'm a software developer working on a social-networking site. I work mainly in J2EE, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. My free time is spent raising a daughter and a son.


Apr
12
awarded  Famous Question
Apr
11
comment Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White
Strunk and White don't even follow their own "rules" in their own writing. Don't feel like you need to either.
Apr
10
comment The urban are urbanised, the urbane are ?
@WS2: See this corpus link showing that nobody uses "urbane" to mean "urban", they only use it to mean "polite, civilized". And in the sense where it IS synonymous with "urban" then just use "urbanized".
Apr
10
awarded  single-word-requests
Apr
9
comment The urban are urbanised, the urbane are ?
"urban" is a technical term for a kind of population density, and a broadly-used term for the kinds of cultures that develop in those settings. "urbane" is a value judgement, on a person's behaviour and culture. You make a person urbane by indoctrinating them with the culture you feel meets the criteria of "urbane". "urbane" and "urban" do not go hand in hand. They are related words, but the meanings have shifted quite a bit.
Apr
9
revised The urban are urbanised, the urbane are ?
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Apr
9
answered The urban are urbanised, the urbane are ?
Apr
8
comment What do you call the individual enclosed defecating areas in toilets?
@EdwinAshworth Hey! My answer is Canadian-orientated! ;)
Apr
2
revised Word that means “able to be prioritized” suitable for scientific publication?
added 375 characters in body
Apr
2
answered Word that means “able to be prioritized” suitable for scientific publication?
Apr
2
comment What is the accepted stance on using “they” in a singular form?
@ivanhoescott Come to the chat room to discuss this further.
Apr
2
comment What is the accepted stance on using “they” in a singular form?
@ivanhoescott Also Martha is wrong.
Apr
2
comment What is the accepted stance on using “they” in a singular form?
@ivanhoescott Shakespeare is not the only one to have used this construction. The OED cites it in 16thC, singular them from 17thC, singular themselves from 14thC.
Apr
2
comment What is the accepted stance on using “they” in a singular form?
@ivanhoescott: So your question was "Is it okay to use singular they" and this question is "what is the acceptable stance on singular they" and the answer is "it has been used for a long time, but some people don't like it". I'm not sure how this could be made more clear.
Apr
2
comment What is the accepted stance on using “they” in a singular form?
@ivanhoescott Do you think by asking the same question again you will get a different answer?
Apr
2
comment What is the accepted stance on using “they” in a singular form?
@ivanhoescott How about the accepted answer?
Mar
31
comment Why “homophobia” and not “sexualism” or similar?
@Albertus: The point of this answer was not to document everything about the current use of the word, but rather to explain why the word has -phobia in it.
Mar
31
comment Why “homophobia” and not “sexualism” or similar?
@Albertus: In this case the etymology of the word is clearly indicating that the phobia was originally intended to mean "fear". The etymology of the word isn't its current meaning, but it does explain the somewhat counter-intuitive nature of the word.
Mar
28
comment What is is called when you count the letters in an acronym, name or word with an ordinal multiplier?
Don't forget the similar case: where we substitute letters with a number of letters that have been replaced. e.g. i18n and l10n.
Mar
28
comment If a person holds prejudice against people because of their nationality, would that be considered racist?
There are many kinds of bigotry and discrimination. Not all of them are specifically given their own names.