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Apr
15
answered Are doggie bags still asked for?
Apr
2
comment Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
The thing about "work to rule" and the related "go-slow" is that management are supposed to notice - they're forms of industrial action.
Mar
28
comment What is the correct way to introduce and write a list?
Commas may not work if they are also needed within items so of this nice list of options I would prefer semicolons (though bulleted lists have their place).
Mar
28
comment Is a verb pattern possible
Your alternative would be appropriate if the class were told at the same time. The original is much better if they were told individually, as well as emphasising the lack of exceptions.
Mar
28
comment What are the capitalization rules for in-document references in scientific papers?
CMOS seems unique in recommending this approach as I found when I followed it. Almost all other style guides say "Section" , "Chapter", "Figure" and other logical entities should be capitalised (as proper nouns) while "page" is generally kept lowercase as an arbitrary location.
Mar
27
answered Word that includes laptop, tablet, smartphone etc
Mar
23
comment Arabic numerals vs their corresponding English words in scientific research paper
It's generally bad form to start a sentence in a paper with a quantity that you would give in numerals. So using numerals for values and words for small (e.g.) sample sizes can be done consistently.
Mar
19
comment “All opened files” or “all open files”?
There are 2 assumptions implicit in "opened" as used in the question: that they are still open and that they were opened (i.e. opened by an act of the user, files automatically opened because they were open in a previous session may or may not be included). So "all opened files are added to the list of recent files" is good (referring to the act of opening) but "all open files will be saved".
Mar
8
awarded  single-word-requests
Mar
7
answered person providing identity for illegal operations
Feb
24
revised “Smacking” vs “smacking up” vs “smacking around”
expand on US/UK difference
Feb
24
comment “Smacking” vs “smacking up” vs “smacking around”
@ChrisSunami, that's interesting - I'll edit in a note to the effect that it may be commonwealth-specific (the online dictionaries don't have much to say on this, except wiktionary has a note that spank is the US equivalent, and *smack is used in NZ) .
Feb
24
answered “Smacking” vs “smacking up” vs “smacking around”
Feb
23
answered “The the” next to each other
Feb
23
comment Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular?
I might have used "themself" (which my phone doesn't even think is a word). There was a question on this recently:english.stackexchange.com/questions/217699/… which itself was marked duplicate.
Feb
22
comment A synonym or alternative for a “chivalrous” or “gallant” man but with more negative connotation
@Damavand try (the 2nd para of) this opinion piece for size. It's one of the least depressing takes on what I'm trying to point you to.
Feb
22
comment Antonym for “machine readable data”?
+1 because it answers the more general underlying question. I doubt there is a single word answer to the exact example in the question.
Feb
22
comment Is “throw guns into a hot stove” a common phrase or just one-off figurative expression?
Mythbusters had a go at this one. It took some effort to get the propellant to detonate IIRC. in sure the episode is online.
Feb
22
comment How to avoid using redundant words like “not so”, “quite” or “sort of”?
@J.R. That's worse than mine! Then it would be filthy and squalid.
Feb
21
comment A synonym or alternative for a “chivalrous” or “gallant” man but with more negative connotation
@Damavand,that's where my 2nd suggestion comes in - he's acting nice to try to get his way but is a creep underneath. I've tried to find you a decent link but I can't find anything helpful. I'll look again on the pc rather than the phone if I get round to it tomorrow.