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Jun
13
comment Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?
As I noted, you have not provided any evidence in regard to pronunciation. (Regardless of which, I actually do believe that it is pronounced differently in the UK, because of, e.g., batteryfacts.co.uk/BatteryTypes/AABatteries.html .) And speaking again of evidence, see youtube.com/watch?v=FeRWUrCWbyI which refers to "an AA battery" in the title, but the author says "double-A".
Jun
13
comment Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?
In any case, other pronunciations are irrelevant. As Catija wrote, "You pronounce it "double-A" so,...".
Jun
13
comment Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?
I know you're being polite, but it isn't just not definitive proof ... it doesn't support his contention that there are two pronunciations at all. And his Which leads me to observe that the OP is not justified in assuming that "we say "I need a double A battery" is absurd when the OP is clearly referring to a community of speakers that includes himself.
Jun
13
comment Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?
On the pronunciation: forum.wordreference.com/threads/aa-aaa-batteries.715249
Jun
13
comment Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?
"Fair enough, but" -- contradiction. Carija directly and clearly answered the question asked ... nothing else is needed.
Jun
13
comment What is the origin of the phrase “hunky dory”?
Odd are that someone said "hunky dunky" and someone else decided that "hunky dory" sounded better. I myself frequently do this sort of neologizing word play. Edit: and I see below that hunky dory was used in a poem .. a forge of neologisms in search of a rhyme.
May
22
comment Difference between 'kludge' and 'kluge'?
"I've also seen and heard both. In my experience, kludge is more common these days;" -- it's hard to make sense of this, since "kludge" is properly and usually pronounced as [klu:dʒ]. "I know you have to be careful when relying on Wikipedia" -- a lot less so than relying on StackExchange or just about anywhere else. Most of the criticisms of Wikipedia are confused or come from people who dislike the facts recorded there.
May
22
comment Difference between 'kludge' and 'kluge'?
The right place to find answers to such questions is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kludge
Apr
2
comment What is wrong with the word “performant”?
"I would tend to avoid using it until the word becomes, well...a word." -- it won't become a word if it is avoided.
Apr
2
comment What is wrong with the word “performant”?
"performant" is not a synonym for "efficient". .. one can optimize a very inefficient algorithm; the code is optimal/performant but not efficient.
Jan
16
comment Is there a formal word for people that are local to a place?
We have a lot of local plants that aren't indigenous. Same goes for people.
Jan
16
comment Is there a formal word for people that are local to a place?
Wrong word. I'm not a native of the city I live in.
Oct
7
comment Was the word “nigger” an expletive in Mark Twain's day?
The ignorance and intellectual dishonesty of the downvoters is remarkable.
Sep
13
comment “Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?
What about it? It obviously is not the correct answer.
Sep
13
comment “Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?
"I say slut is no sort of equivalent. It's entirely different in its connotations." -- A womanizer is "a promiscuous heterosexual man". It has the same denotation, with gender changed, as "slut", and thus is a "sort of equivalent".
Sep
13
comment Usage of the word “meet” in the context of a phone call/video conference
No, your response is sadder (mine actually was about something, whereas yours is just reflexive comeback). And my comment was not "snarky" -- another word that you don't understand the meaning of. As for the time gap ... unlike you, I don't camp out here. And besides, SE is forever. Anyway, I'm done with you ... until some future year when I stumble upon this again and am unfortunately reminded of your existence.
Sep
13
comment Usage of the word “meet” in the context of a phone call/video conference
"I don't really understand what you're saying" -- Sad. "I can't see how I have failed to do that" -- sadder still.
Sep
13
comment A little brain fart
"It can be mature AND offensive" -- Apparently a brain fart led you to offer this strawman while failing to recognize that it is not consistent with "nicer [AND] less immature".
Sep
13
comment A little brain fart
The notion that phrases like "brain fart" are "immature" is confused. It is actually the hyper-emotional responses to such words that are immature. But if you're looking for more "professional" language, just say "Sorry, I wasn't thinking clearly".