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Autodidact of various trades, geek of several.

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comment What are the distinctions between “authoritarian”, “totalitarian”, and “dictatorial”?
How does "monarchy" fit here? Isn't "monarchy" identical to "autocracy"?
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24
comment Do you want choice A or B? Yes!— Is it wrong to answer with a yes when given two options?
It entirely depends on the context. And I was talking about written English, where punctuations exist in explicit forms. E.g. "Do you want (A or B)"? No.
Sep
24
comment 'Eo ipso' vs 'Ipso facto'
Is the usage of "praeter necessitatem" in the last sentence even grammatically valid?
Sep
24
comment Does “either A or B ” preclude “both A and B”?
@chaos, Your last paragraph is incorrect: The reason "yes" is a valid response is due to a shift in precedence; it is not due to having a part cancelled by context. "Yes" is an equally valid response to xor questions too, e.g. "Do you want A xor B?" "Yes, I want (A xor B).", which means I want either A or B but not both. Compare that to "Yes, I want (A or B)." which means I want either A or B or both.
Sep
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comment Do you want choice A or B? Yes!— Is it wrong to answer with a yes when given two options?
Well, "No" can in many cases also mean rejecting only a single choice but not the other.
Sep
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comment How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?
@Robusto, Where will the tenses "I would eat", "I had been eaten", and "I have been eaten" fit in the diagram above?
Sep
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comment English word for the comma between three digits
@Hugo, We can always use the "decide by location" approach. If there's more than one dot or comma, then obviously the last one is the decimal point and the rest the thousands separator isn't it?
Sep
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comment Are there English variations to ask people to smile other than “Say cheese!” when taking a picture of others?
@Yoichi, Isn't "daisuki" also used instead of "cheese" in Japan?
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revised Self-Learner vs Self-Taught vs Autodidact
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revised How is the spelling of a hyphenated word read?
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accepted How is the spelling of a hyphenated word read?
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revised How is the spelling of a hyphenated word read?
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comment How is the spelling of a hyphenated word read?
@RegDwigнt, Because /dæʃ/ and /ˈhaɪ.fən/ is pure-greek to me. I don't assume the average user would know how to pronounce /tɛkst/ or even /huːs/. This question is not of "do I pronounce car as 'automobile' or 'korr'", but more of "according to description, is the letter A pronounced as /eɪnt/ or /ɑː/ by the average british/american—when they are telling people how to spell a word containing that letter?".