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Jun
16
comment “X times as many as” or “X times more than”
I think you should just use overwhelming force to take the sweets from Jack and John. Then, unambiguously, Jack has 0 times more sweets than John. As a bonus, you now have plenty of sweets of your own.
Jun
7
comment What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn anything new?
I often consider myself to be a bit of a philistine as I have what many consider "common" tastes (e.g., I prefer Dr. Pepper over a fine wine and action movies over art house movies), but I also enjoy learning new things. I think there might be a significant overlap, but I wouldn't think that philistines would necessarily be against learning new things. Also, it's interesting to me to note the contradiction between your first and second definitions. In the first one, the philistine is smug (which I don't consider part of the definition), whereas in the second one they're inferior.
Jun
1
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Jun
1
comment Grease quote explanation “Pinkslips ownership papers?”
@PimPumPunk "Pink slips" also refer to the documents, as the word "slip" just means a piece of paper.
May
31
comment What is the name for this “…” punctuation?
FWIW, on the (standard) Mac keyboard, you can generate an … with [alt]+";".
May
26
comment How to properly write sentence with double words
@Boob, how about "For a long time, this is what I've been looking for"? (See english.stackexchange.com/questions/27152/…) Of course, now that's ending a sentence with a preposition, but I assume no one here has any qualms with that...
May
26
comment What is the opposite of the “sub” prefix?
@Philoto, I did not mean to imply that subclasses and superclasses were subcategories and supercategories, merely that they followed the same pattern as subscript/superscript that @Third Idiot gave.
May
26
comment What is the opposite of the “sub” prefix?
And for those of us in Computer Science, subclasses and superclasses. journals.ecs.soton.ac.uk/java/tutorial/java/javaOO/…
May
20
comment How to ask for a name of some thing?
After reading Ben Jackon's comment on my answer, I concur with FumbleFingers.
May
20
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May
19
answered How to ask for a name of some thing?
May
19
comment Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray: “I wonder will you understand me?”
@Matthew Read: I wouldn't think it should be in quotes. He's not quoting anyone. (Not that this is the only reason to put something in quotes, but I can't think of any reason why that phrase should be in quotes.)
May
19
answered Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray: “I wonder will you understand me?”
May
18
comment Is it alright to use lowercase “i” or should you always use “I” (uppercase)?
@malach: I thought that Sie was still capitalized (when referring to you, not they).
May
16
comment What is the difference between “equal” and “equitable”?
+1 for pointing out a scenario under which equitably would be a better word than equally.
May
16
comment What is the correct word for “dependee”?
I think reverse dependency is fine, other than it not being a word (because it's two words).
May
16
comment Professor what is it?
Was it supplicating?
May
16
comment What is the correct word for “dependee”?
Using synonyms.net also provided requisite which is similar to your requirement.
May
16
revised What is the correct word for “dependee”?
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May
16
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