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


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.
Jun
14
comment What word best represents “academic status”?
"Educhievement."
Jun
14
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
"Standard" has a meaning besides that something is common practice. I don't believe there is a formalized, legal definition of end-of-life so the term is not literally an industry standard.
Jun
14
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
"Sunset" refers to a period of lingering support for previously-supported users. Use of this term tends to suggest that the vendor has internalized problems with support, that there may be a dedicated legacy-support department whose personnel motivate such euphemism. "Discontinued but supported" (or "support contracts honored") are far more understandable.
May
28
comment Participial clauses
+1. By the way, the solution to such a non sequitur is to break the sentence into two. "Harvard was founded in 1636. It is one…"
May
28
comment Is the opposite of 'within', 'without'?
@JanusBahsJacquet That usage, and other similar songs of the era, make equal sense with the word taken in the other sense as a pun. "Life flows on in your absence."
May
28
comment Opposite of witty
If it's for a quip, try twitty.
May
22
comment Idiom for the phrase “someone who gets what he deserved”
@BigHomie No, that refers to process service, which is often undeserved.
Apr
27
comment What is the word for something that is non-divisible?
Perhaps, but honestly have you ever seen this word in real usage or did you just get it from a reference? It's not in Webster's or Oxford American dictionaries, but it is fairly common in French. I seriously suspect it's not an English word but just made it into some dictionaries by data-mining.
Apr
27
comment turned his back on
Means he ignited his derriere?
Apr
27
comment What is the word for something that is non-divisible?
Googling for "insecable", and excluding dictionaries, reveals that it mainly comes up in English translations of text from languages where it's a more common word, or quotations of untranslated text. Also it is used to describe non-breaking spaces in typography. IMO it doesn't belong in the dictionary, at least with such a general definition… you can't expect anyone to just know the word.
Apr
27
comment What is the word for something that is non-divisible?
@tchrist That's the manual for GCC, not the language standard. However, pointers are composite and not fundamental so it's probably not the difference OP is thinking of.
Apr
27
comment What is the word for something that is non-divisible?
@tchrist It seems a poor assumption that the language must be C or C++, but anyway no, the term primitive is not used (in reference to types) in those standards. There are scalar types though, and C has atomic types.
Apr
22
comment Is there a word to describe someone who is always defeated at my hand?
Add perennial, traditional, usual or the like to express an ongoing relationship.