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comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
@Kris, I wouldn't consider "carpenter" general enough to need a dedicated opposite term.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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,
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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
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
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."
Apr
8
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
@Kris, Isn't there only blue, pink and white?
Apr
8
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
By manual worker being the opposite of knowledge worker, do you mean that there exists no work which is non-knowledge and non-manual?
Mar
26
comment “Fill out a form” or “fill in a form”
@aviraldg, video down.......
Mar
26
comment “Fill out a form” or “fill in a form”
@GEdgar, is "fill up" grammatical then?
Mar
24
comment A more gentle word for the word “settled” in the context of payment
Apparently we couldn't get everyone to agree on a particular nuance, but if a signifiant population does feel that it sounds rude, isn't that sufficient to say that it does "sound rude"?
Mar
23
comment Politely asking “Why is this taking so long??”
Also see english.stackexchange.com/q/69101/8278
Mar
23
comment A more gentle word for the word “settled” in the context of payment
There is obviously nothing wrong, but nonetheless it sounds rather rude as OP stated...
Mar
23
comment When to use “Ok noted”?
Why do you say "it stems from the handshake protocols"?