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I post on Usenet using my real name, David Krauss.


Mar
13
comment What does “Come-to Jesus (moment / stage / meeting)” mean? Is it a popular word?
Does Langley refer to the CIA or to the entire military-industrial complex in the same region?
Feb
22
comment What is another way of saying “final solution?”
or "end result."
Feb
12
comment Is there a term for your parent's ex-spouse who is not your biological parent?
"Erstwhile upbringer" has a ring to it…
Dec
9
comment A single word for “blind” and “slow on the uptake”
It sounds like the word you're looking for is "shortsighted." It's a valid medical term for needing lenses to see things far away, and as a shortsighted/nearsighted person, I can say it's certainly not offensive to apply in the figurative sense. "Myopic" is also used in this way but may be obscure to some.
Dec
9
comment Specific verb for “training an apprentice”?
That's just a brief process, a crash course… an apprentice is more like a protege.
Aug
14
comment Word for using quotation as part of sentence
If the author is using it allusively, does that make the phrase allusory?
May
28
comment “Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?
@HaLaBi Their definition includes cougars…
Apr
1
comment “Saving on the parrot's chocolate is futile”
Stopping that habit won't save much chocolate, but it might save the parrot.
Feb
15
comment Word for “the question this one was closed as a dupe of”
@sbi: Oh, I thought the software always chose just one, perhaps arbitrarily.
Dec
1
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
@Jay: Although in some ways the moving, bound electrons in silicon can be modeled as a gas, they are still part of the solid semiconductor and not an actual separate gas as in a tube. The point not only that they are moving, but that they are in a non-solid state.
Dec
1
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
The generic term is data storage device, perhaps omitting data or device. It should not include disk.
Dec
1
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Agree that nothing is "driven" in a SSD so the name doesn't fit. FYI though, vacuum tubes contain a moving electron gas, and some tenuous internal gas as well (non-ideal vacuum or even on purpose to improve emission), so they are not solid state.
Jul
9
comment What does “If you're gonna get up in my face you'd better be ready to back it up!” mean?
@T.E.D. OP says that these were written words. Either it's from a narrative story, or the argument was verbal.
Apr
28
comment Which is correct, “buck naked” or “butt naked”?
According to commentary on other answers, "buck" was once slang for a Native American. Jay was slang for a hillbilly, although that might be unrelated.
Apr
28
comment Which is correct, “buck naked” or “butt naked”?
Or people are more likely to purposely search for naked butts than naked bucks.
Apr
12
comment Do my prejudices get “fulfilled”?
@mplung: Chances are that he didn't. Besides the answers being posted just 40 seconds apart, that simply doesn't happen on this kind of site.
Apr
12
comment Is there a term for “mains power” in American English?
AC power is very suitable, unless there is another AC power source in the device. Grid power also works, unless the device interfaces with the actual grid side. I guess I just happen to be in a confusing position…
Apr
11
comment Is there a term for “mains power” in American English?
Well… if the generator powers the wall outlets…
Apr
7
comment Is there a difference between “vice”, “deputy”, “associate”, and “assistant” as descriptive job titles?
@Matt: True, and I see Colin has some other examples above. Anyway, "executive and subordinate" still holds. Vice-principals are executive in theory at least, although in most cases deputy would really fit better, and some schools do call them assistant principals.
Apr
7
comment Is there a difference between “vice”, “deputy”, “associate”, and “assistant” as descriptive job titles?
Vice usually combines only with president, as far as I know. Because the word has another meaning, a "vice manager" sounds like someone who would be fun, but I unfortunately don't work in that kind of industry.