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Aug
4
comment Why is the plural of “deer” the same as the singular?
seeing as in Germanic languages like Dutch and German the word Hert (Dutch) or Hirsch (German) have a plural, and the English Deer would be somehow derived from a common ancestor of those, it's quite likely there'd be a plural form in the proto-Germanic form.
Jul
14
comment A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life
why not get used to the idea that there's not a single word for every possible concept? Makes things much easier...
Jun
16
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
@PhilPerry and I do just that... "has been released to the public", an explicit act. Not "pirated so much it's lost all economic potential"...
Jun
16
comment What is the name of someone who was something before you?
hmm, isn't a preposessor the reverse of a repossessor? Sounds more like something for exorcists...
Jun
14
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
@ThirdNews that'd be news to the millions who've actually had to maintain legacy code...
Jun
13
awarded  Critic
Jun
13
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
Ditto legacy code is NOT what is meant here. Legacy code is code that's old, usually nobody around any more who has experience with how it works, but is still part of existing systems so it has to be maintained. It's definitely NOT unmaintained, unsupported, code. It's just a maintenance PITA.
Jun
13
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
Abandonware has a very specific meaning, and it's NOT just end of support. It means the product has been released to the public, without support, and typically without the source, effectively releasing the product into the public domain, the creator abandoning all rights to it.
Apr
30
comment Why are the same words translated differently into English depending on their meaning?
@ermanen and the company itself chose that spelling for its English publications, no doubt to underline its Russian roots and sentiments.
Apr
23
comment What do you call a person that only do the minimum to get through day-to-day basis?
@bib just because someone isn't obsessed with working 20 hour days and feeling guilty about needing the other 4 hours for sleep doesn't mean he's lazy... Yet that's exactly what all examples you manage to come up with imply.
Apr
23
awarded  Teacher
Apr
23
answered Is there a valid or recognized verb for rote learning?
Apr
23
comment What do you call a person that only do the minimum to get through day-to-day basis?
Why only negatives?
Apr
7
comment What special implication does ‘totally’ have in “He’s totally going to call you”?
It just means the person making the statement has a horrendous understanding of the English language.
Mar
18
comment The logic behind “better safe than sorry”
@Barmar hmm, I've seen it used a lot as a generic thing to warrant any expense, no matter how high. And remember that a small expense per capita can still be a very high expense total.
Mar
11
comment The logic behind “better safe than sorry”
not really. It's nowhere assumed the effort "to be safe" is less than what you'd put in otherwise. E.g. the radical AGW movement wants us to deinstrialise the entire planet and go back to living in stone age conditions just in case our industrial society has negative side effects. They claim too "it's better to be safe than sorry" yet they demand a massive effort with serious negative consequences when the consequences of doing nothing are almost certainly far less severe.
Mar
4
comment Term for words that appear to mean something that they don't?
@SQB given the large variety of cases, I doubt there's a single thing that describes them all.
Mar
4
comment Term for words that appear to mean something that they don't?
few years ago a British butcher was ordered to stop selling "dragon sausage" because he could not prove the product contained real dragon meat. British authorities considered the decades old name suddenly to be 'false advertising'...
Mar
4
comment Term for words that appear to mean something that they don't?
@SQB but traditionally BY real girl scouts (though ever more rarely, now they're just mostly sold by girl scout organisations after being sourced elsewhere).
Feb
26
comment During the “Cold War”, did Americans/Westerners call it such?
@DavidRicherby what counts is the proximity of their centers of power. London is a lot closer to Moscow than is Washington DC. Even back then the outlying districts were pretty much irrelevant to those in control of nations, except during election season of course.