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Jan
15
comment What is worse than “mediocre”?
@Zenadix [citation needed]. My dictionary says "of only moderate quality; not very good: a mediocre actor," which pretty clearly agrees with me.
Sep
6
comment Is there a word that means “to fill with (positive) apprehension”?
That expresses being filled with anticipation. The question is for a verb describing the object of the eagerness.
Sep
6
comment Should a pilcrow disambiguate the beginning of one paragraph?
@aparente001 That strategy trades off widow lines and excessive bottom margin. I'm not so much asking about alternative solutions as whether an ordinary adult audience will be bewildered by the pilcrow. The answer to that seems to be affirmative.
Sep
5
comment Should a pilcrow disambiguate the beginning of one paragraph?
@JEL OK, thanks. Isn't that an answer? (And, where do you recall seeing that?)
Sep
5
comment Should a pilcrow disambiguate the beginning of one paragraph?
@JEL More specifically, it will be published in open conference proceedings. The audience proper is the ISO standardization committee on a computer programming language. Rather literate crowd, but literacy in technical jargon is often completely independent of that in, ah, ordinary literature.
Aug
31
comment “The Germans were attacking, and the French”. Why is it wrong?
"The Germans were attacking, and [the Germans were] French." It's as grammatical as the rest, just not with the intended meaning.
Jun
30
comment What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser
What does biblical etymology even mean? That the word was coined by someone translating a Christian bible? Why would new words be coined in that context?
May
17
comment Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?
To be clear, inventing words is not allowed on this site. Also, a "miser" is more properly someone who avoids spending resources, not someone who collects junk.
Apr
29
comment Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?
I don't think "babe" is feminine. If it sounds so, say "baby."
Apr
21
comment Expression for becoming homeless, which has the word 'street' in it? How about “pushed to the streets”?
@SvenYargs Not much. Also, there's "The men will cheer and the boys will shout. The ladies they will all turn out."
Jan
8
comment Is “sub-project” more like “support project” or “child project”?
@Ooker There's no English ambiguity. The dilemma, if any, involves how things are organized in your work, and we have no idea about that. (I'd guess, though, that your boss isn't amused by taking time from your workday to quibble over her terminology.)
Jan
8
comment Is “sub-project” more like “support project” or “child project”?
This is a question about Vietnamese usage. The English usage is not in question. Seems off-topic.
Dec
23
comment Is there a word for a 60th of a second?
Tierce is an obsolete term in English for a sixtieth of a second, loaned from French. Unambiguous enough for a well-due revival, IMHO.
Sep
7
comment Difference between 'oxymoron', 'paradox', 'contradiction' and 'misnomer'
Um, king crabs are crustaceans.
Aug
18
comment Opposite of “to my credit”?
Ngrams results may be misleading. "To my shame" will include "… added to my shame," "cut to my shame," "spoke to my shame," and other incidental uses. The other alternatives to "shame" are simply less generally common.
Jul
17
comment Binary counterpart to decade
So the answer here is "power"? Given a context where many similar words are being used canonically, coining such a new definition, however closely related to existing usage, would be very confusing.
Jul
16
comment Binary counterpart to decade
@JohnY Yep, it's possible that's all that was "ringing a bell," no pun intended :) . I'll select this answer, I just invented my own specific terminology for my application. It's a numeric software library, with no relation to frequency or electronics.
Jul
15
comment Binary counterpart to decade
I'd like "binary decade" to be a real term, but Googling it only turns up references like Gnawme's, referring to decimal arithmetic implemented in binary technology. I'll accept this answer given a reference mentioning logarithms as opposed to logic circuits.
Jul
14
comment Binary counterpart to decade
@Gnawme In that source, "binary decade counter" is only a decade counter (counts by ten) which happens to be implemented in binary logic.
Jul
14
comment Is there a word which means “having a frequency of decades” or “per decade”? What about century and millennium?
"Decadal" would be an adjective for something that occurs every decade, but all the other words on this page are adverbs. "Decadally" might be a stretch.