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Oct
27
awarded  Student
Oct
27
comment “Fluctuates widely” or “fluctuates wildly”
That'd be my expectation as an American, too. I was very surprised to see the opposite in the ngram.
Oct
27
asked “Fluctuates widely” or “fluctuates wildly”
Oct
24
answered Is “It comes with a hitch” an idiom or a simple statement?
Oct
14
comment Word for someone who collects dice
@NickWiggill, details, details...
Oct
12
comment What do we call the GUI “box” which groups elements together?
@Pacerier, the point is that context matters. If you're writing a user manual for laymen, say "box" or "section" or "group box" because those terms are fairly descriptive. If you're talking to a UI designer or programmer familiar with the Windows API, use "group". If you're talking to programmers who are likely to be familiar with GUI development but might not know Windows API specifically, say "pane," "view," or "window."
Oct
12
answered What do we call the GUI “box” which groups elements together?
Oct
8
revised What is the demonym for Norfolk, Virginia?
Added Virginia after first mention of Norfolk just to clarify which Norfolk is being discussed.
Oct
8
suggested suggested edit on What is the demonym for Norfolk, Virginia?
Oct
8
comment What is the demonym for Norfolk, Virginia?
@Noldorin, this answer relates to Norfolk, Virginia. (It's fairly apparent, since the question asks about Norfolk, Va. Also, Hampton Roads and Tidewater are both in the Norfolk, Va. area.)
Oct
6
answered A word for a worldly wise person who pretends to be naïve?
Sep
27
comment Plurality of “genitals”
@Phoenix: How about "new development" or "new story"? News is, after all, just the plural of new.
Sep
16
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
13
comment “If” vs “Only if” vs “If and only if”
In the last of your three logical expressions, I'd suggest replacing "A is equivalent to B" with "A implies B and B implies A". If you said that you'd buy the shirt iff it costs less than $40, then she'd know you bought the shirt if she saw that its price was less than $40 OR she'd know it cost less than $40 if she saw you wearing the shirt. (Well, assuming you'd wear the shirt iff you bought it. ;-)
Sep
13
comment “Graphics gallery” or “graphic gallery”
I'll reverse my original opinion and say that usually, you'd just use a singular noun: image gallery, photo gallery, sculpture gallery. As @BarrieEngland points out, though, the plural graphics is usually used when a noun is required. Ambiguity happens when the word can be an adjective or "noun adjunct". If you went to a football gallery you'd probably expect images and sculptures related to the sport, not a room full of footballs. I'd call the latter a gallery of footballs.
Sep
13
revised “Graphics gallery” or “graphic gallery”
deleted 146 characters in body
Sep
13
comment “Graphics gallery” or “graphic gallery”
@Pacerier, that's a great point... I'll clarify the post. To answer the question, image isn't an adjective, so there's no room for confusion.
Sep
13
answered “Graphics gallery” or “graphic gallery”
Sep
13
comment When do we consider English speakers' familiarity as a proof?
Re-reading my previous comment, it occurs to me that the "ear" is probably the culprit in a lot of mistakes that natives speakers make (again, applies to any language). We hear a phrase or formulation several times and come to understand what it means from the context in which it's used, but fail to understand why it means what it does. The result is millions of people who use "I could care less" when what they really mean is "I couldn't care less."
Sep
13
comment When do we consider English speakers' familiarity as a proof?
The ear often does work -- a native speaker in any language will often know the right answer but not the reason for it.