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In Gary Bernhardt's talk about Ruby and JavaScript surprises, what does "wat" mean?
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Unforgettableid is correct, it is synonymous with "what" as in exclaiming surprise or bewilderment at a given situation. I disagree somewhat with the quoted material, however, which states that 'wat' ...

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Idiom for describing an unintended benefit
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I can't believe no one has offered the idiom: Icing on the cake. Fig. an extra enhancement. Oh, wow! A tank full of gas in my new car. That's icing on the cake! Your coming home for a few days was ...

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Is "administrate" a valid English verb? What's the difference between it and "administer"?
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I've found that in the tech world they favor administrate. If you have admin. Privileges on a server, file directory, forums etc. you tend to administrate rather than administer.

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A word/phrase for "providing all other conditions hold"
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Contingent. 4 : dependent on or conditioned by something else Payment is contingent on fulfillment of certain conditions. a plan contingent on the weather -Merriam-Webster

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What is the word for a system that has been aged and thorougly tested under all scenarios?
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I might use the term 'commercial-grade' or 'industrial-grade' to convey that your design meets whatever is required of it in your field.

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What is a verb that means 'to make a small amount of money last for several days'?
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I am surprised no one has yet to list the verb "budget" to make and follow a plan for spending your money -Merriam Webster

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Is there an antonym for "pejorative"?
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When I think of an antonym for pejorative, ameliorative comes to mind. to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve Also, just an anecdote but FWIW in my English classes ...

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Another way to say "it never hurts"
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I think the expression you might be looking for is: Better safe than sorry. It doesn't have any negative connotation and it only implies why not go ahead and do it type of dynamic.

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Looking for another word to fit into this sentence!
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I would go with the verb, observe: to celebrate or solemnize (as a ceremony or festival) in a customary or accepted way also if you want go even more passive, perhaps solemnize, present in the ...

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A phrase or neologism which describes obsolete technology-related neologisms
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So, Merriam Webster's word of the day serendipitously brought me the answer I was looking for today so I thought I would update this question. The word I was looking for is "retronym": From Merriam ...

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