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Apr
16
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
@Kris, I wouldn't consider "carpenter" general enough to need a dedicated opposite term.
Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
Salt makes food taste good (and encourages preservation). What's the intrinsic use of salting words? Most people find it untasty, exactly what's the reason for using them? Is it to impress?
Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@staticsan, The first sentence is correct. If you're a good writer, you know when to use $2 words, even though you don't need $2 words. Those two points aren't mutually exclusive.
Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@GEdgar, It's not. How is "lightning bug" almost the right word for "lightning"? It's the completely wrong word.
Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
how is "glimpses of the ununsual" useful? 3) And, isn't "suggestions for vocabulary improvement" by itself useless? Unless there is some intrinsic advantage to using big words, how is learning big words useful? If there is no advantage to using big words, why learn big words so that we can use them for the sake of using them?
Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@TheRaven, You cited that the use of big words has 3 advantages. Do you mind elaborating more on them? 1) Regarding the advantage of "occasional surprises".. What kind of surprise do you mean (any examples)? Is this "surprise" merely the surprise of the presence of the big word? 2) Also,
Apr
16
comment Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?
@PeterTaylor, what do you mean?
Apr
14
comment Is there a non-colloquial equivalent term for “cool”?
@Sridhar-Sarnobat, "cool" could refer to a situation or a thing as well.
Apr
13
comment When do I use “can” or “could”?
@ShreevatsaR, In the context of english.stackexchange.com/a/163363/8278 , will both "could" and "can" be possible? What's the difference between them?
Apr
13
answered Is there a non-colloquial equivalent term for “cool”?
Apr
13
comment When do I use “can” or “could”?
@ShreevatsaR, Do you mean that "Depending on that, we can go." is ungrammatical?
Apr
13
comment Is there a non-colloquial equivalent term for “cool”?
Did you mean inimitable instead of unimitable?
Apr
9
accepted What does “fortuitous with respect to viruses” mean?
Apr
9
comment What does “fortuitous with respect to viruses” mean?
I've linked this thread in an email to Schneier (the author). This is his reply: "I was thinking of the situation, but you're probably right."
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accepted What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
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Apr
8
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
@Kris, Isn't there only blue, pink and white?