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Physicist, Photonics Engineer, cellist, R-evangelist, pinball fanatic, xkcd follower. And owner of "Hells Doggies," 2 wonderful Papillons and one incredibly sweet motley mutt.

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comment Was the pronunciation of “symmetry” different in the past?
And now, on to the pronounciation of "synapse" :-(
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comment Was the pronunciation of “symmetry” different in the past?
Ha! Something I learned in HighSchool Frosh English pays off at last! :-)
Dec
18
awarded  Yearling
Dec
16
comment Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'
I don't think this is antonymic, really.
Dec
16
comment Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'
I was thinking of "quixotic" in some form.
Dec
10
comment Proper grammar for injecting another person with a drug?
Grammatically solid, but I was hoping for something more slangy.
Dec
10
asked Proper grammar for injecting another person with a drug?
Oct
27
comment Do submarines float?
@jwpat7 Your response is misleading. The term "float" implicitly assumes a steady-state condition. Once the Titanic was done sinking, it was proud (in contact w/ the floor), and clearly not floating.
Oct
25
comment What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?
@AE I was just going to say "philosophy" :-) . Or maybe, "spaaaaace!"
Sep
9
comment Why do sentences that start with “guess” end with a question mark?
Not necess-celery. More than one horror/action novel has this sort of line as a command.
Sep
2
comment Single word for “more than once”
I think it's still technically legal to use "multiply," pronouncing the 'y' same as in "repeatedly." Or you could go with the ugly "nonuniquely." aaack, should have reloaded to see this was already provided in an answer.
Aug
27
comment In the word “Scent”, is the S or the C silent?
Yeah, like @Robusto said. In fact, both the "s" and the "c" are silent, but together they force the "e" to be pronounced with a leading sibilance. :-) :-)
Aug
27
comment Idiom for “just because you give something a different name, it doesn't change what it is”
I heard it was Mark Twain -- but then, I heard that on the Internet :-)
Aug
20
comment Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?
"copasthetic" "cromulent" or, sadly, "it"
Aug
20
comment Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?
@Oldcat the OP asked for a "describing" word, which suggests non-verbs
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.