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Mar
29
comment Wer, wie, was, wieso, weshalb, warum, all start with W in German. In English they don't, why?
Just looking at wieso, weshalb, warum, it seems more plausible that German has lost an original word for why and had to construct substitutes.
Jan
26
comment What does “spam in a can” mean?
One more source: books.google.de/books?id=OZ_jQVH3oMwC&q=spam%20in%20a%20can
Jan
15
comment Is there a word for false false friends?
I am confused. As far as I can tell “falls flat” and “fällt flach” do not mean the same thing, but “write sth. off” and “etw. abschreiben” may.
Jan
14
comment Origin of the name “Rijndael”?
And for me the Google preview of the first result had “It is based on the Rijndael cipher developed by two Belgian cryptographers, Joan Daemen and Vincent Rijmen [...]”. From there, one might be able to guess ;)
Jan
14
comment Is it proper to say “I earned -1 points today” when I lost 1 point?
The only grammatical issue here is whether -1 demands singular or plural.
Dec
31
comment What is a person who smells things called?
I assume you meant olfactory sense instead of olfactory smell, which would be doppelt gemoppelt (just throwing in another germanic language for no particular reason).
Dec
5
comment Should a mathematical variable at the beginning of a sentence be capitalized?
My answer as a mathematician: The variable names should never be capitalised, x and X can very well be different variables. And variables at the beginning of a sentence should usually be avoided in writing. I wanted to add that something else that should be avoided are consecutive formulas without words or at least punctuation between them, but then I could not come up with an example, it seems to be more of a problem in German than in English.
Nov
20
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Nov
8
comment The use of nearly-similar words
Nearly similar?
Oct
28
comment Why is 'hell' considered a curse word?
I am not sure if general information on swearing would be helpful to you, but if so and you have 25 minutes to spare, you can listen to this episode of the Lexikon Valley podcast.
Oct
23
awarded  Editor
Oct
23
revised Use of “manifest” as an active verb
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Oct
23
suggested suggested edit on Use of “manifest” as an active verb
Oct
21
awarded  Teacher
Oct
21
answered A person who shares or likes or retweets everything they come across?
Oct
10
comment An article before the word “Equation”
It's the same as writing “In Section 2 we ...”.
Oct
4
comment Are there English variations to ask people to smile other than “Say cheese!” when taking a picture of others?
In that case you want to press the shutter before people get to the th.
Sep
11
comment Is “data” considered singular or plural?
You do not have to know any English to know that data is the plural of datum.
Sep
10
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Aug
31
comment How was sexual intercourse referred to before 'sex'?
sexual intercourse attested by 1778