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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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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.
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