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You: Do you know Jon Skeet?

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You: Do you know Joel Spolsky?

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You: Does he treat you well?

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Apr
16
answered Single word for “humorous in an intellectual way”
Apr
11
awarded  Yearling
Mar
15
comment Is it acceptable to call a hot dog a sausage?
@JR. Fundamentally, there's a conflict between two definitions of the same word. Given Y is X, X sometimes means all X's and other times means some X that's not Y. When the distinction between X and Y is strong enough, people will start objecting if you use X in place of Y. A tomato is technically a kind of fruit, but people will object in some contexts if you call a tomato a fruit instead of a vegetable.
Mar
15
answered Is it acceptable to call a hot dog a sausage?
Mar
13
comment Name for words created from mispronunciations?
@FumbleFingers That's the only way that I can think of to spell the way it sounds -- essentially the first syllable of casual. I have to admit that I haven't seen it either -- but this process of spoken words being written down and growing into part of the language is what I was thinking about.
Mar
13
comment Name for words created from mispronunciations?
@nohat Thanks, I didn't know that. am not, are not, is not... all forms of to be, or, not to be. ;-)
Mar
13
asked Name for words created from mispronunciations?
Mar
9
answered Expression “let's cross that bridge a little further down the road”
Feb
24
answered What is the correct form of address for a police officer?
Jan
31
awarded  Quorum
Jan
13
comment Colorful term for someone with a long-overdue library book
That's a lot of alliteration.
Jan
12
answered Colorful term for someone with a long-overdue library book
Nov
19
comment Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?
@PeterShor Good call, thanks. Updated answer.
Nov
19
revised Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?
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Nov
19
answered Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?
Nov
4
revised Is “reblog” a word?
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Nov
4
answered Is “reblog” a word?
Oct
30
comment Is there a synonym for “defenestrate”?
@JeffSahol, the physical reality is that defenestration will always be easier and more reliable than the opposite maneuver, but I think we could coin infenestrate, as in: I didn't intend to infenestrate the baseball, but Dad still docked my allowance to pay for the repair.
Oct
28
comment “Fluctuates widely” or “fluctuates wildly”
To beg the question a bit, I don't think widely implies regularity, so if widely can mean large and irregular, how is that different from wildly? Widely could mean "large but in control" and wildly could mean "out of control," but I have a strong suspicion that very few people think in terms of statistical control when they use these terms.
Oct
28
comment “Fluctuates widely” or “fluctuates wildly”
+1 for a great answer, and especially for the edit. I agree with @Jefromi -- wildly is not a word I'd choose for small σ.