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revised When should a colon be used in the title of a manuscript?
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Aug
24
comment Offensive single-noun term for “indecisive person”
In (at least some of) the UK you'd be misunderstood. To waffle is to talk at length with little clarity or purpose.
Aug
20
comment Writing one academic year to another academic year
The AP use may be a hangover from the old wire service days or early computer systems' control sequences rather than considering final edited output.
Aug
20
comment What would I call this computer science dilemma?
When I first learnt to program the examples would have been assembly code and basic with C in the middle. The question would have been the same and "counter-intuitive" captured it perfectly. You could also add "but that's not skill level".
Aug
20
answered Antonym of Overlap?
Aug
18
reviewed Reject What does “To-may-to, to-mah-to” mean?
Aug
16
comment Is “Jap” more commonly used in media with space restrictions?
Although it's an interesting question you would have to take into account the way many tabloids (larger print, smaller pages = fewer characters) are willing to use language that's otherwise offensive. This is despite their prudishness regarding actual swearing.
Aug
15
comment What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?
@jxh your latter sense is US-specific.
Aug
15
comment What is the meaning of “reset” in this sentence?
This isn't my field but I'd avoid "timeline" in preference for "rhythm" or "cycle" as an implication of regular repetition is desirable. "Reset", while it often means "set to an initial state" can just mean "set again".
Aug
14
comment What is the meaning of “reset” in this sentence?
I take from their use of quotes (and previous reading) that "reset the time [sense]" is jargon for a method they didn't use, namely setting up an artificial day/night cycle. The short quote reads to me like a less-than-fluent piece of scientific writing -- not necessarily a non-native author but perhaps someone new to formal writing.
Aug
14
comment What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?
@briandonovan "welch" despite being basically an alternative spelling is rather more acceptable (Cambridge). Or perhaps I should say "less unacceptable", it's not a term I'd choose.
Aug
14
comment What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?
@jxh this doesn't work in British English where "delinquent", usually preceded by "juvenile" has nothing to do with borrowing but instead with antisocial behaviour and petty crime.
Aug
14
comment Should Kelvin symbol have a preceding space?
This is arguably off topic but I wouldn't flag it as such (though we've had enough related questions that the SI handbook could become general reference).
Aug
14
comment Should Kelvin symbol have a preceding space?
You might like to improve your answer by citing your source with a link. The wording sounds like what I remember from the SI style guide, which for anyone working on these matters is worth reading and not (quite) as dull as it sounds. +1 from me though.
Aug
14
answered What is the name for the “minor” house on a property
Aug
14
comment What is the name for the “minor” house on a property
You should say where you're from and what (if any) particular flavour of English you're looking for. Comparing my answer with your other will illustrate why.
Aug
14
comment What is the proper term for when an animal is “pregnant” with eggs instead of live young?
Although they're good words they don't actually answer the question. A species may be described as oviparous, but not as pregnant. An individual described as viviparous may not actually be expecting.
Aug
12
answered Word for person who shops for others as a profession
Aug
8
comment What does “ chapter heading” mean?
It's just the heading (title) of a chapter (part of a book or similar). A dictionary will explain the rest.
Aug
6
answered When should a colon be used in the title of a manuscript?