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Physicist, Photonics Engineer, cellist, R-evangelist, pinball fanatic, xkcd follower. And owner of "Hells Doggies," 3 wonderful Papillons.


Jun
19
comment What is the opposite of Optimal?
"Situation Normal"
May
18
comment Shouldn’t “art” be “is” in “Our Father who art in heaven”?
No, it's fine because his father's name is Art(hur). Or maybe Harold, as in "our father who, Art, in heaven, Harold be thy name"
May
16
comment Is it possible to write an infinite sentence that is grammatically correct?
Well, ya can't finish writing it :-) .
Apr
2
comment What do you call the child who doesn’t resemble his / her parents in English?
never mind... deleted
Mar
19
comment Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits
How about "dead." -- at least in extreme cases.
Mar
19
comment Usage of hyphen when naming colors
Yes, but in your second example, I still think "blue-green" is preferable because it's a single color, not a modified color.
Mar
19
comment Referring to wild animals as “game”
It's because the wild animals taste "gamy." :-)
Mar
19
comment Usage of hyphen when naming colors
You certain? "teal" modifies "blue," not "teacup."
Mar
18
comment Usage of hyphen when naming colors
I'm not convinced. Your second example seems to use "open" to modify "air." If you really want to treat "open air" as a noun, then I'd prefer to see it hyphenated.
Mar
18
comment One word for things that would be nice to have, but not required to have?
@smithkm on the contrary, that is exactly how those words work in mathematics. Failure to use them in this sense when writing a document (not necessarily a math doc) will lead to ambiguity and confusion.
Mar
18
comment Usage of hyphen when naming colors
But what if it's a "teal-blue teacup" ? :-) . So you see it does depend on the full construction. (Yes I know I went off-topic, since my example is not naming a color but rather naming the color of an object)
Mar
18
answered Term for when someone gets overly pepped up and thinks he/she can do anything
Mar
18
comment Ironic question “Do you now?”
Interesting: sans context, I interpreted this as a sarcastic (and rhetorical) question asked after explaining something for the N-th time. Sort of as "Oh, do you [finally get it] now?"
Mar
17
answered Word for things come easily to me so I don't try?
Mar
17
comment An equivalent term for “decaffeinated”
And as long as I'm being a wise guy, I'll steal the root word "theism" and announce that "detheinated" means having god removed from the item. :-)
Mar
17
comment An equivalent term for “decaffeinated”
Easy -- just use a "tannin booth" :-)
Mar
17
comment Is “must certainly” redundant?
The adverb (absolutely, or certainly) effectively modifies "must" in these examples, I think. It's just a way of stressing the imperative in these sentences.
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@Dancrumb yeah, well, get offa my lawn! :-)
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
Nit: correct usage is "sex" for humans and other animals. "Gender" is for things like connectors and pipe fittings. People are just squeamish about the word "sex."
Mar
13
comment What is a term for someone who has never left their home region?
"hakoiri musume" (yeah, I know that's not English).