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comment When to write the word “parenthetically”
@HaL, Your explanation in the answer is bad. Readers would think that there's a difference in spelling between the two concepts, but no, the two concepts are spelled identically.
18h
comment When to write the word “parenthetically”
Exactly.
19h
comment When to write the word “parenthetically”
@TomAnderson, To be fair, that's the original meaning of parenthesis. The ( and ) are called brackets. They're so often used to signify parenthesis to the extent that now people even call them that.
1d
comment “drop the penny”
[ citation needed ]
2d
comment When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?
@WalterTross, Hmm, reason don't much exist in language, usually it's a matter of majority wins.
2d
comment When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?
@WalterTross, Is there even an official spelling for that? I'd thought it's a matter of opinion and writing style.
2d
comment Difference between “full professional proficiency” and “native or bilingual proficiency”
See ILR scale en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
May
23
comment A single word meaning to abide in a place for a long time
@nicholas, I'm rotting here.
May
23
comment People can ‘abide by’ the law, but can the law ‘abide people’?
Shouldn't there be a by after "abide" in "some citizens the law can abide"?
May
20
comment What's the origin of the idiom “to cut your teeth on something”?
@FumbleFingers, It has always been "cut his teeth". Indeed, "cut his cloth" doesn't even seem to appear much on Google. Where do you come from?
May
17
comment When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?
@WalterTross, Meaning?
May
4
comment What does “wrt” mean?
@Martha, Isn't it with "regards" to?
May
1
comment Meaning and origin of “if you catch my drift”
@JoeBlow, How did you get the idea that it's mainly used for gossip only? [citation needed].
Apr
25
comment Does “reinventing the wheel” have negative or positive connotation?
@user21497, Weird, couldn't find that quote. Where did you get it from?
Apr
25
comment Does “reinventing the wheel” have negative or positive connotation?
@this.lau_, "reinventing" can be used to mean a good thing. Like "reinventing email".
Apr
25
comment Does “reinventing the wheel” have negative or positive connotation?
@SF., Isn't "A week spent in the laboratory can save you from good two hours of visit to the library." upside-down?
Apr
23
comment “click on the image” vs. “click the image”
The reasoning sounds good, Buuuuuuuuuut Merriam Webster lists it as a transitive verb. Same goes for other "major" dictionaries. What gives? Is rogermue (below) on the right track?
Apr
18
comment Does “is potentially faster” imply “is not slower”?
It's not a weasel-word when the circumstances have been clearly stated. It's only a weasel-word when the circumstances are vague or not mentioned at all.
Apr
18
comment Does “is potentially faster” imply “is not slower”?
Since the "someone" in the question is referring to me, I'd thought I'd chipped in: Yes, the first point would be accurate, re: "In some circumstances we know about (for example, in the circumstance that the code is optimized for both X and Y), X is faster. In other circumstances we know about, it is the same speed, or slower."
Apr
11
comment What differentiates an abstract noun with a concrete noun?
@FumbleFingers, I don't quite get you since I've already said that in the previous comment: There seems to be usages in computational linguistics, so the distinction is important in some ways.