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Apr
26
comment Correct term for “primary” and “secondary” hand
@MonkeyZeus Someone who is perfectly ambidextrous does not fit within the question's scope anyway, they don't have a primary/secondary hand distinction.
Apr
22
comment “flat” vs. “apartment”
@Neo So a maisonette would be a townhouse in American English?
Apr
19
comment “It calls itself”
@user662852 By my understanding, the main reason for that is due to how contract law works; if corporations were not treated as legal entities for the purpose of forming contracts, you'd either need a specific person designated as the contract-holder or need everyone involved in the corporation to be explicitly part of the contract. It's also beneficial for tax purposes as the corporation gets treated as its own entity rather than having to work out the portion of business taxes owed by those involved in the corporation. They aren't actually treated as real people. (Of course, IANL so whatev.)
Apr
4
comment What is it called when you end up preparing for something and then it doesn't happen because you prepared?
The something mentioned for Star Wars might be better known as The Force. Though it's more like it influences them to take certain steps to achieve the desired goal even if those steps seem irrational and/or illogical.
Feb
22
comment An idiom for taking advantage of something which gave you the right to take advantage in the first place
@DavidK Even without considering that the title is misleading. It seems to give the impression that the taking-advantage-of was approved of by whoever or whatever gave the person the ability to take that advantage.
Feb
18
comment Meaning of “Carrots aren't that great” in the sentence
As an aside, I find the window management in 10 to be a significant improvement over that in 7 and 8, at least in regard to tiling. Also the improvements to cmd.exe. So those are some carrots the average user won't find attractive but power users will.
Dec
8
comment Does anyone use both “whinge” and “whine?”
@PaulD.Waite Who said he was my King?
Dec
8
comment Does anyone use both “whinge” and “whine?”
@PaulD.Waite But then he'd have to come back and change it when there's a King on the throne, would he not?
Nov
20
comment Image is to pixelated as a song is to ___?
@RemarkLima that's slightly different/more limited. 8-bit sprites are to images as chiptunes are to audio.
Nov
11
comment A word for an intentional error or absurdity inserted to check whether audience read an entire passage
I like how some of your examples show that those invented words can gain a life beyond their intended purpose.
Nov
3
comment Is there English proverb equivalent to Japanese and Korean one, “The ground becomes solid after a heavy rain”?
@LindaJeanne While I agree, once the ground dries it's usually more hard-packed than it was before (like when you have a freshly-potted plant in fluffy dirt, then you water it and the dirt gets all compacted).
Oct
10
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Oct
8
answered Pejorative for a room of low quality (esp. prison cell)
Oct
2
comment What is an adjective for something that is both offensive and funny?
@Mark Dead-baby comedy would be a form of black comedy.
Sep
3
comment What is a real word that means “disenthused”?
@goblin I like it too; the connotation my mind has is that it means going from enthused to unenthused due to the usage of 'dis-' in some situations as in indication of losing state. While not true for all instances of 'dis-', in this case it works well as a transitional form for enthused and unenthused.
Aug
4
comment Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms
As a counterexample for DRM, you could use an article for it in a sentence such as "The DRM on this CD prevents you from copying it," due to DRM being used to refer both to the concept of digital rights management as well as to implementations of it.
Apr
2
comment Is it “falsy” or “falsey”?
@MarkDBlackwell In addition to Hot Licks' response, I'd say that "dump" in the CS sense, both as noun and verb, is merely another application of its preexisting meanings even without the vulgar one, particularly the ones related to unloading/releasing contents. (For example, "dump truck".)
Sep
24
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Jun
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Jun
17
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