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bio website goocto.com
location Calgary
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Been programming applications since 80s and websites since 90s.

Photography, electronics, and RC hobbyist.

Additional interests in robotics, graphic design.

All around experimenter.

Formal training in linguistics.


Dec
17
comment Is “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” a common or respectable English expression?
Try googling "double negative as an intensifier". Despite what your English teachers wanted you to believe its use is very common colloquially.
Dec
17
comment Is “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” a common or respectable English expression?
Also B.T.O. had a hit in the 70's with that exact title.
Dec
10
comment Nouns and pronouns
Even when referring to the singular country one could use the plural pronoun since a country is made up of a collection of individuals or a collection of leaders. Either singular or plural could be used. Just be consistent.
Dec
10
comment Is there a word or phrase for the time taken to become productive?
Is the word prepare appropriate? "The meeting was scheduled for 10am, but it took some people 5 minutes to prepare."
Dec
10
comment Is “originally first” a grammar error?
But then somebody realized that it was actually first invented many centuries prior to that? There is nothing grammatically incorrect about it and one could also argue that isn't redundant as well. Being redundant does not make a sentence ungrammatical. In poor style perhaps.
Dec
10
comment What is a cross-nibbed pen?
I thought these were called fountain pens.
Dec
10
comment “Not” or “not” in book title?
Not is definitely an important word. Have you ever written something down and mistakenly omitted the not? Oh, the regrets!
Dec
10
comment “Not” or “not” in book title?
Is there an example of a title with a, an or the as the last word and where it is still just an article? I can think of the band name The The, but that is no longer an article, is it? Or even to at the end?
Dec
10
comment Adjectives and nouns position: before or after?
Technically speaking, your first example is noun-preposition-noun and your second is adjective-noun. In English, the adjective usually precedes the noun as in chocolate cake, pretty face, rough voice, etc. Out of these examples you could say cake of chocolate but not face of pretty or voice of rough because those adjectives cannot double as nouns.
Dec
10
comment What's the word or phrase for “reading strategy/orientation”?
I would suggest refraining from selecting a correct answer within only a few hours. You might get better answers if it takes days.
Dec
10
comment including or included?
In the second case it would be an adjective. It describes yourself (a noun). But I'd agree with @medica's point. Many adjectives can resemble past tense verbs.
Dec
10
comment Word that means having eaten one's fill
This sounds more than full to me.
Nov
24
comment Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?
Futile perhaps, but this doesn't imply failure to me.
Nov
8
comment Can “nepotist” mean the recipient of nepotism?
@Dan Brown, those are definitions for "nepotism". it is not completely clear in any of those sources who the "nepotist" is. I believe it could refer to either.
Nov
7
comment What is a saying for someone who does good in the street, but is bad at home?
I think the OPs question might not be referring to someone superficial. They could legitimately have more care out of the home because of their priorities.
Nov
7
comment Do any people distinguish between “analog” and “analogue”?
The Canadian half of me completely agrees with your distinction, but the British half of me also wants to say that they are alternative spellings for both senses.
Nov
4
comment What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
I don't agree with the bad connotations. It only means one thing: sick enough to be stuck in bed. I feel "bedridden" is definitely the most appropriate answer.
Oct
23
comment Are we taught to use parentheses in the wrong way and too often?
Seems like no more than a style decision to me. I don't see anything technically wrong with either. I often use parentheses to clarify, and would have probably chosen the former over the latter. I am also a coder and have learned that parentheses are an important feature in disambiguating code. Perhaps it has affected my writing style as well.
Oct
23
comment Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?
what did people do before lightbulbs? never were able to scrutinize anything until 1879?
Oct
23
comment Why is “did” italicized for emphasis in “Where did you come from?”
I don't see why he needs to be upset to emphasize a word.