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Aug
25
comment What is the correct term for paper that has become wet and deformed as it dried out?
I just came to Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts, US) and it's so humid here, I have books that did this just sitting on the table. Never got near water, just sucked the moisture right out the air. Now I know what to call this.
Aug
25
comment Logically, could the word “University” mean the opposite of “Diversity”?
I'll agree, but only if you concede that Congress means the opposite of Progress.
Aug
17
comment 99% of people would do x
Six sigma is 99.99966%
Aug
10
comment What is a word for a person who uses resources to the maximum?
"Miser" has too negative a connotation. I've seen students use the pencil right to the end, and some who comment when they observe me tossing one too soon just because the eraser is worn down. They think me wasteful.
Aug
10
comment Word for a given situation
I reminded my wife of this joke and offered her the top choices. We're going with the "Bear-Sneaker Maneuver" as she's a Trek fan as well.
Aug
10
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Aug
10
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Aug
1
comment Word for a given situation
Wow. Interesting analysis. My view was that the guy in the joke felt "I only have to outrun you" and in our house, it wasn't that I had to have prolonged patience (to wait out my daughter's behavior) but with regard to my wife "I only need to outlast you". +1 for the depth of answer.
Jul
31
comment Word for a given situation
@deadrat - we just had our 20th anniversary. Or as I say "18 wonderful years of marriage." The tough times are behind us. And my wife gets my sense of humor.
Jul
31
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Jul
31
comment Word for a given situation
+1 - this sounds a bit more scientific. Nice. / I'm a Trek fan, Maneuver looks good.
Jul
31
comment Word for a given situation
@FumbleFingers - "strategy" may be it. Thanks.
Jul
31
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Jun
16
comment Word for going to a university class but without being enrolled?
@WS2 - I agree that it sounded strange at first, that I knew it to mean something else. Then i accepted the other meaning, here.
Jun
16
comment Word for going to a university class but without being enrolled?
@WS2 - In the US the word Audit is more commonly used for something else, most often when the government tax authority review our tax returns closely, or when a company has its financial records scrutinized. The first time I heard the word for this purpose, it struck me as odd.
May
10
comment Word to describe “beautiful but worthless”
First I've ever seen pretty defined with (often pejorative). +1 for that, i guess
May
2
answered Does “to flatline” only means “to die”, or can it refer to an actual flat graph?
Apr
29
comment What does “Your hair is so white now, it can talk back to police” mean?
@gerrit - I'll offer, as a money guy, "In the Black" means one's business is making money, and the term "Black Friday" comes from the fact that businesses that might have been marginal through October, tend to have a great profits that weekend due to heavy shopping.
Oct
31
comment “Childlessness is hereditary in our family” What do you call a statement containing a contradiction such as the example?
+1 for "Nobody goes there anymore— it's too crowded" - I saw the question on hot/trending, and thought "Yogi Berraism." and you nailed it.
Oct
22
comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
@oxinabox ATM machine is redundant. As is PIN number.