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One-banana web monkey turned two-banana HPC programmer.


Jul
25
comment Can a person happen? Is “Zodanga happened” correct?
I think it's noteworthy that this form is most often used with names of places, (in)famous for one particular event: “… then Fukushima happened“, “… then Watergate happened”, “… then Woodstock happened”, etc.
Jul
11
comment Are there English equivalents to a Japanese old saying, “Be the mouth of cock rather than remaining as the tail of ox”?
I have never heard nor seen “it is better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond”, so I think this answer is more “synthesizing a parallel” from an English-language idiom than stating an equivalent idiom. Moreover, this synthetic parallel has the opposite sentiment to the actual English language idiom from which it is constructed: “Joe is a big fish in a small pond” is used pejoratively to imply that he has an inflated sense of self-importance, and that his actual talent, skills, or capabilities wouldn't survive fair comparison with a large peer group.
Apr
4
comment What do you call a man's skirt?
It is certainly not a loincloth. Look at any image depicting the Crucifixion. Jesus is wearing a loincloth. It is a much different garment more akin to modern underwear than a skirt or kilt.
Mar
11
comment What's the English equivalent of “Drilling one's head”?
Or “droned on (and on)” when tedious/repetitive/boring.
Mar
11
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Mar
11
answered Word for a person who loses or has lost faith?
Mar
7
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Mar
7
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