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Nov
16
comment How to answer “Is this John?” on phone
+1 for "this is he". This is what I've usually heard as a polite, formal, way to answer a question like "Is this John?" It also avoids confusion as much as possible.
Oct
24
awarded  Yearling
Oct
20
comment Secular phrase for “Heaven only knows” or “God only knows”?
@Christina And yet, nobody will think you meant "Hu knows?" if you say it out loud or write it.
Oct
14
comment What do we call a person who doesn't like to stay at home?
This might be considered the opposite of a homebody, but the OP seems to be asking for something more like outdoorsy.
Oct
1
comment What kind of rhetorical strategy is it when someone points out a potential sticking point in his proposition before anyone can criticize it?
What kind of fallacy did the asker make here by assuming it's a fallacy, when it's only a strategy whose argument might contain a fallacy?
Sep
29
revised Is there a proper way of talking about a negative “privilege”?
false -> negative in title (I think it describes the question better)
Sep
29
suggested suggested edit on Is there a proper way of talking about a negative “privilege”?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
23
comment Hypernym of “move” and “copy”
The File Transfer Protocol doesn't (Edit: automatically) involve deleting the source file as it's transferred.
Sep
12
comment Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
I think of regression as meaning a bug that was introduced as part of new changes (matching e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regression_testing and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_regression), which is not quite the word the OP is looking for. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/regression does define it as the OP's word (almost the same terms, even!), though, so there are multiple definitions.
Sep
12
comment Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
If it occurs again, it was never really fixed (or was reintroduced).
Sep
1
comment What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?
I don't think of concoction as having a negative tone by itself, though. Only in a context like What is that dreadful concoction?
Aug
26
comment What exists between tolerant and enthusiastic?
To directly insert this into his sentence, I accept that people are eating meat sounds more like the second definition than the first to me. Something like I'm accepting of people who eat meat sounds more like what he's going for (to my ears).
Aug
19
comment “My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?
Re. the last example's "you have stock" scenario: it might be described as a personal interest, though a vested interest would better describe it.
Aug
19
comment Is there a word for this emotion? Resentment over someone's good fortune without wanting it - Not quite jealousy/envy
@GreenAsJade People can (accidentally, even) suggest the best answer to their question. Sometimes you just need another pair of eyes to say, "you said it best."
Aug
15
comment Is the phrase “Infinitely more efficient” possible?
From a literal mathematical perspective: no. The efficiency gain would be something like old_time / new_time - 1. As new_time approaches 0, the efficiency improvement approaches infinity. But it never reaches it: at new_time==0, the efficiency is undefined.
Jul
21
comment Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
And yet he surely doesn't think that all idiots are members of Congress, only the other way around (which makes them..not quite synonyms). It'd be like saying "Suppose you were a dog and suppose you were a black dog. But I repeat myself." Perhaps Twain made a minor mistake, and it would better (from a literal sense, perhaps not a humorous one) have been swapped to have said "Suppose you were a member of Congress and suppose you were an idiot."
Jul
7
comment What do models do on the catwalk?
@tchrist I've added citations that I think are sufficient. Let me know if I'm wrong here. =)
Jul
7
revised What do models do on the catwalk?
added 125 characters in body
Jun
23
comment Number “x” to “x” ascending or descending?
It sure looks like it is to me, @Kris. It's about how you represent certain numeric data in the English language.