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Programmer from way way back, from home computer BASIC and several different types of assembly through C, C++, Fortran, COBOL, VB1 and then more exotic stuff like SNOBOL and Icon and more recently SQL, PHP and JavaScript.


Feb
27
answered Is there a term for phrases which were once literal but now figurative?
Oct
1
comment Is there a word for the action of lifting the mouse to go further?
I always thought of it as relocating the mouse.
Feb
22
awarded  Yearling
Jan
25
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
21
comment Are there idioms specific to one English dialect?
I spelt it that way so people would know how we say it. :-) I don't know how Aussies would write that down, TBH!
Aug
29
comment What is the meaning of “chewing the carpet”?
It might also be related to the tropish term "chewing the scenery" which generally means over-acting.
Feb
22
awarded  Yearling
May
19
awarded  Commentator
May
19
comment What is the origin for left being used to indicate socialist/liberals, and right is used for capitalists/conservatives on the political spectrum?
Be aware the terms also no longer mean quite what they originally meant, and they can have shades of meaning unique to each country, too.
May
11
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
Actually, your first sentence is not quite correct. I would say that if you're a good writer, you know when to use a $2 word.
May
10
comment Words with different meanings in American and British English
You'd think so, but it was a popular game in comedy circles a few years ago for Aussie comedians to bait unaware Americans.
May
6
comment Is misplaced emphasis a form of mispronunciation?
Note that this doesn't always work. There is a suburb of Sydney called "East Hills", but everyone treats it as one word: "Ee-stills". The emphasis is still on the second syllable, but separating the words again would sound wrong to those who know the place.
May
6
comment Is misplaced emphasis a form of mispronunciation?
That's the same point as my answer: the common name for the US presidential residence is treated as one word, so the emphasis naturally falls to the first syllable.
May
5
answered Why does English have city/country names that differ from the local language?
May
5
answered Are there idioms specific to one English dialect?
May
3
comment How should one pronounce the “rofl” in “roflstomp” or “roflcopter”?
I know someone who pronounces "pwn". It makes me cringe every time she says it.
May
1
answered Is misplaced emphasis a form of mispronunciation?
Apr
21
comment Is the expression 'half a percent' acceptable in formal English?
You're probably encountering example of a style and usage guide colouring output. Most media houses have style and usage guides which dictate preferred and mandatory forms. This would undoubtedly be one of them.
Apr
20
answered I have not gone. But I *have* gone!
Apr
15
awarded  Mortarboard