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Retired community college professor


Apr
19
answered The antonym of political-savvy
Apr
15
comment Does a recursive procedure “recur”?
When I looked up "recursive" in the dictionary, all it said was "See recursive"
Nov
15
comment Is the second “to” grammatical in “I plan to help build and then to start”?
But what if you meant to say; "I plan to help build...and then I plan to help start..."?
Jul
29
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Jul
29
comment What does “provisionally” charged with the case of negligent homicide mean?
Could it be a simple as the possibility of some of the injured dying in hospital?
Jun
13
comment What is the origin of the word “dead-tree”?
There is a level of negative implication. Consider the spectrum: "harvested tree", "dead tree" and "killed tree"
Jun
8
comment This page intentionally left blank
Local taxis have a driver safety feature: an alarm light on the trunk lid, activated by a hidden switch. The caption: "If flashing, call 911!"
Jun
2
comment Can “wet” be used for liquids other than water?
It's "disastrous" for a waterfowl to have its feathers, deprived of their natural oil, wet by the water that should flow off like"water off a duck's back"...
Jun
2
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May
22
comment Opposite of 'Midas touch'?
Is having the Midas touch considered a positive thing? Midas didn't think so! Also:link
May
22
comment What is the meaning of the line “Upon a homely object Love can wink” in this context
Well, British Self-Taught: With Comments in American Norman W. Schur, 1973, says current British usage of "homely" is "simple, unpretentious, nothing fancy", and corresponds to the North American "homey".
May
22
comment What is the meaning of the line “Upon a homely object Love can wink” in this context
Did "homely" mean "ugly" in Shakespearean England?
May
20
comment “Ten times fewer the number,” versus “one-tenth the number”?
And we haven't even started on "We're past the highway accident, and going half as slowly as we were..."
May
19
answered “Ten times fewer the number,” versus “one-tenth the number”?
May
19
comment Can one feel claustrophobic?
Is a diagnosed claustrophobic who never goes in a confined space not still feeling like a claustrophobe? By analogy, "I'm an alcoholic; I haven't had a drink in 10 years!"
Apr
23
comment Does the use of “port” for one side of ship relate to the word “port” meaning harbour?
Minor correction: "Port and starboard are shipboard terms for left and right"; but only for a person facing the bow of the ship.
Apr
5
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Apr
5
answered Conventions for dates spoken without year