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Programmer, entrepreneur, Author of JBoss in Action, Groovy/Grails enthusiast


Apr
25
comment What do you call someone who finds everything
What do you mean by "find everything"? He's good and finding information? He knows how to find his way around a geography/location? He can find lost keys? All of the above?
Apr
24
comment Is there a single word that means “hitting the target but missing the point”?
Great answer! There is an episode of the Freakonomics podcast that covers this topic.
Apr
23
comment Is there a single word that means “hitting the target but missing the point”?
Managing hospital beds isn't a one-time event like a war or battle, and there are no victors. We're talking about a suboptimal solution to an ongoing process, so I don't think Pyrrhic victory really works well here.
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
@ermanen - I see no such text when I go to: itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002386.html . I see a blog post entitled "JUST BETWEEN DR. LANGUAGE AND I".
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
I'll concede, but FYI, neither the word "Baader" nor "Meinhoff" appears in the article listed in your comment above when you do a text search.
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
OK, searching with "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon" with quotes gives more results that I didn't see before. I'm a little less skeptical now. :-)
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
@user13107 - That's my point, there are only 2 blog posts (with no sources listed) referring to that usage of the term. Show me more evidence and I'll be convinced.
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
@ermanen - Yes, I have no problem saying that "frequency illusion" or "recency illusion" is correct (as per the source you just gave), but "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon" seems like an extremely uncommon neologism backed by a few random blog posts with no original sources listed. I'd mark your answer correct if you removed that definition or provided a more authoritative reference on the term demonstrating its use/acceptance.
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
@user13107 so if I started calling it the "User13107 Phenomenon" and wrote a blog post about it, should it be marked as the correct answer?
Feb
21
comment What is the term for when you become more aware of something?
Sounds interesting, but neither of those sources are very convincing in showing that this is a prevalently used term. Googling the term doesn't show any more definitive or convincing support either. In fact, those are the only two results that I found that refer to this usage of "Baader-Meinhof". I also searched Arnold Zwicky's own website, which doesn't even refer to the term.
Oct
3
comment What is meant by the (slang) word “tool,” when used to refer to a person?
This is incorrect. The penis definition is for a different use of the word tool. Specifically, it's when one says "his tool" meaning "his penis". But, saying "he is such a tool," (as the OP asked about) does not mean "he is a penis". Saying somebody is a tool means that they're stupid or foolish. The urban dictionary answer by @RyeBread is the correct answer here.
Oct
9
comment What is the term for someone who has a last name that can also be a first name?
JLG - No, it's not the opposite, it's an example of a last name that could also be a first name. A child takes on a last name that was the parent's first name.
Oct
2
comment Grade vs. Grades when modifying a range
-1: How about an explanation.