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Jun
7
comment Origin of “riff”
Wow, thank you for the excellent review of the available evidence! The verb/gerund examples are especially interesting, as they imply a somewhat different meaning than the word has now. Thanks!
Jun
7
comment Origin of “riff”
That seems plausible. Any references you may have would be useful, although I understand that they're often problematic when it comes to jazz jargon.
Jun
7
comment Origin of “riff”
@rhetorician Yes, that’s one of the possibilities mentioned in the question. I’m more interested in the evidence backing each of the options and whether any of it is potentially conclusive.
Jun
7
comment Origin of “riff”
@JohnLawler I agree – and there’s a pretty good discussion of some of that in the references linked from my question, like the bit on other artists “riffing.” I’m just hoping that there might be something more solid in literature or less accessible references.
Jun
7
accepted Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?
Jun
7
accepted Usage, prevalence of “rooster sauce” and “cock sauce”
Jun
7
asked Origin of “riff”
Jun
6
comment Connotations of Letter 'X'
Thanks for expanding on that! I didn't know about the circle. Anyway, I suspect there is a lot of cross-pollination, mutual influence, between all of these loosely related "unknown" uses of X.
Jun
6
comment Connotations of Letter 'X'
Do you have any idea whether "x marks the spot" or X for signing names/marks is connected to these other reasons?
Jun
6
reviewed Close How to say “You have this much work to do because you decided to do that much” more elegantly?
Jun
6
reviewed Leave Open What concepts are formed in a mind of a native English speaker when using the articles a, an, the?
Jun
6
reviewed Close Ordinal numbers as adverbs
May
24
comment Shoot and intentionally miss
@Peteris Warning shots are generally still quite near the target, to make sure that the target is aware of the warning and your ability to shoot on target. This usage seems fine for the context.
May
15
comment What measures the Byte unit?
Storage is OK for measuring bandwidth, because you can think of it as “storage transferred per unit of time.” But other words like capacity or information might be an even better fit for that context. Perhaps just suggest both storage and capacity?
May
15
comment What measures the Byte unit?
I would have gone with storage as it applies well to short-term storage like RAM and long-term storage like disk or flash, although capacity is perhaps a better term when it comes to things like throughput and bandwidth. +1
May
10
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May
10
comment What do CI, CIM, CID, CIB mean?
@JanusBahsJacquet Thanks! I've added that information to the answer.
May
10
revised What do CI, CIM, CID, CIB mean?
Incorporated feedback from comments.
May
8
comment “School Students” — what, like there's any other kind of student?
@Marthaª Because it pithily answers the part of your question that is in bold type.
May
8
comment Word for someone who has never experienced hardship
+1 for “delicate flower” (but note that it is very often used sarcastically). I would also add sheltered to your list of adjectives.