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Business systems analyst.


Jul
22
revised Use of ‘or’ when it means ‘and’ in negatives
reformatted for clarity, a few minor grammar edits
Jul
22
comment Difference between “when” and “if” in a sentence
Related If and when, when and if
Jul
21
revised Opposite of a deposit refund
minor orthographic edits
Jul
21
revised What's the meaning of “bootstrap”?
minor orthographic edits, a little formatting to help the flow
Jul
21
revised What's the meaning of “bootstrap”?
minor orthographic edits
Jul
21
answered Opposite of a deposit refund
Jul
21
comment Opposite of a deposit refund
I think I missed something. Better way than what?
Jul
21
comment The history of “softcore”
I don't think your NGram will cut it; you can't really compare baseball to hardcore and softcore use.
Jul
21
comment The history of “softcore”
@TheRaven I'm not talking about the porn nuance though. That came into play later, according to Etymology Online anyway. And the Straight Dope discussion isn't exactly enlightening.
Jul
21
comment The history of “softcore”
That might well be the key! Feeling like writing an answer, contradicting my theory?
Jul
21
comment The history of “softcore”
@KeithS That is really interesting. I had no idea. I might be totally off-base with my foundation materials theory then. Any idea when these were first made?
Jul
21
comment What do you call an object that goes in a “slot”?
Sounds like a shape sorter. What if you used a generic thingamajig word, like widget?
Jul
21
comment What do you call an object that goes in a “slot”?
Oh, right! My husband (an electrician) has used that word before. It's similar to a stab.
Jul
21
comment The history of “softcore”
I think the technical meaning of hardcore was intended; the first instance in Etymology Online with the modern "foundation" meaning is not long after the first instance in Google Books of the technical meaning. If you have a good way of figuring this out, I'd love to read your excellent answer! ;-)
Jul
21
asked The history of “softcore”
Jul
21
comment Where exactly did the phrase “hell on legs” come from?
+1 for "so wretchedly awful as to have become the literal embodiment of woe" which is a nice turn of phrase with the added benefit of being true.
Jul
21
revised “With an (instrument)” and “by (instrument)”
fixed typo in title, minor other edits
Jul
21
comment “Badger someone”
I live in the US northeast, and we use it here.
Jul
20
comment What do you call an object that goes in a “slot”?
If you want the most specific part, it's the blade of the key that's inserted into the slot.
Jul
20
revised Where did the word “umpteenth” come from?
expanded on the slang