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Feb
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comment Isn't a “gonner” or “gonna” slang for a person about to die?
@Mari-LouA That depends. These days it's highly offensive because it's generally reserved as a racial epitaph targeted at blacks. Historically, it's no different than "you dirty rat".
Feb
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comment Isn't a “gonner” or “gonna” slang for a person about to die?
Possibly the extra n was because of the short o? Even though it's already present in gone...
Jan
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comment Is “times” really a plural noun?
Times doesn't go with plus and minus. Multiplied by and divided by do.
Jan
4
comment Is it okay to use the word “Negro” in a historical context?
There's a difference between having some racist content and the entire thing being racist material. It's not like Bugs Bunny went around killing black people for fun.
Dec
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comment Is it okay to use the word “Negro” in a historical context?
Let's also not forget that they themselves chose those terms. Ice Cube and Eazy-E would probably not be offended or embarrassed if you spelled out NWA, at least any more than anyone is embarrassed about things they did as teenagers...
Dec
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answered Is it okay to use the word “Negro” in a historical context?
Dec
14
comment What is the antonym of DRM-free?
I'm guessing "victims of an ill conceived anti-sharing paradigm that demonstrably lowers growth and profits in the music industry" is a little too verbose for your taste?
Dec
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comment Single-word term for “Number of employees”
I'd have to agree with recognizer; not every brick in the wall that is payroll is the same size.
Dec
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comment Single-word term for “Number of employees”
@Kris Headcount is kind of common tongue, imo. I'd hear it in schools all the time. The business jargon for headcount is "FTE", for example "This is a 50 FTE project."
Nov
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comment What do you call a person who prevents his/her own progress?
Reminds me of the recent Muppet movie "I can't believe I'm voting for giving up..."
Nov
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Nov
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comment Dual apostrophes?
You may be interested in computer science's law of demeter. It basically states that it is confusing, error prone, and in some cases dangerous for an object to talk to another object using a middle man. It instead should clearly ask the middle man for the requested behavior and let it separately ask the original target.
Nov
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comment “You busy traveler, you” - what is that called
Jovial and playful: two words I usually associate with the TSA,.
Nov
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comment “You busy traveler, you” - what is that called
The TSA can't even get being the TSA right. Don't expect them to get their grammar right, too...
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Nov
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answered How to jokingly express an “if you pay me, I'll say it” attitude?
Nov
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comment How do you pronounce “xth”?
@chaslyfromUK I'd rather deal with that than DST, or TimeZones in general. Humans created the idea of measuring time, so why did we have to make it so difficult! I guess the same could be said for a lot of things we humans created, English included.