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May
2
comment Word meaning a place contains a lot of a certain type of people
That said, I rather liked Frank's "magnet" answer, and your comment indicates that it's not what you're looking for. If my answer doesn't help you, I would appreciate an alternate example/explanation of what you're looking for.
May
1
comment How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?
@supercat perhaps you would be interested in another of my questions: How much punctuation is appropriate when ending a sentence with a full-sentence quotation?
Oct
3
comment How does the phrase “used to” work, grammatically?
From snailboat on ELL SE: "This is one of the seven verbs Pullum playfully calls therapy verbs (want, prospective go, habitual used, obligation have, obligation got, ought, passive supposed) in which he analyzes -to not as a separate word (as in the so-called phrasal verbs) but as a suffix (forming wanna, gonna, usta, hafta, gotta, oughta, sposta), leaving the stem as a morphological head (just as under- in undergo leaves go as the head, giving us under[gone] and under[went] rather than [undergo]ed)." (full source)
Jul
30
comment Is the SE “new privilege” notification message a sentence?
It's kind of sad that we're settling for "intelligible," especially when one of the goals of Stack Overflow was to make programmers better writers/communicators. But that's getting a bit off-topic for this site.
Jul
30
comment Is the SE “new privilege” notification message a sentence?
Bleh. "It's on the Internet" is no excuse for lowered standards.
Jul
30
comment
Fortunately for you (unless you wanted it to be hidden, I guess), your nomination from the last election is still available here.
Jul
25
comment Is the SE “new privilege” notification message a sentence?
I just received a privilege notification and copied it directly into the question. The dash that is in the question body now should be accurate.
Jan
5
comment When a dagger is used to indicate a note, must it come after an asterisk?
@Kris, although I had heard of the Chicago guide before, I didn't know that it was considered authoritative (and I certainly didn't have a subscription to it). The resources I did check didn't address this issue at all, although I could have looked harder.
Oct
28
comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
That argument is a non sequitur. You are of course completely right that police departments and armed forces didn't evolve in the same way, but that's immaterial. A term with analagous meaning and different etymology could have evolved over time, or someone could have even created one out of the blue after seeing the need for one.
Oct
27
comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
I'm not looking for the name of a particular rank, though. I'm looking for a single word or term that refers collectively to all the ranks listed in that Wikipedia entry except for detectives/corporals/deputies/patrolmen.
Oct
27
comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
This is true, but "brass" in this context is a slang term. I was hoping for something a bit more formal.
Oct
27
comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
I feel like I've asked this question before, but I don't see it on my profile. I apologize if I'm re-asking a deleted question; I'm hoping I just asked it somewhere else.
Oct
27
comment What do you call a definition in which some (but not necessarily all) criteria must apply?
The example presented is of a simple diagnosis (patient has RA vs. patient does not have RA), not a differential diagnosis (patient has RA vs. patient has some other condition).
Aug
23
comment What part of speech is “on” in “on fire”?
Very good first point, @hippie!
May
21
comment How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?
@hippie, yes, I was.
Apr
7
comment How is “e.g.” pluralized?
Same timestamp, same gist, same score... difficult choice! This one wins the tiebreaker due to the second paragraph.
Mar
9
comment How should wireless technology names be hyphenated and capitalized?
This is not, in fact, what I was looking for, but +1.
Mar
8
comment How should wireless technology names be hyphenated and capitalized?
@psmears, since you mention it, I was editing this question and didn't know whether to change the last sentence, or what to change it to.
Feb
13
comment Appropriateness of two spaces inbetween words
Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/2544/…
Feb
4
comment When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural?
Also, I have no idea if there's an official term for what I'm calling the "optional plural." Please comment or edit if there is.