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by Eebster the Great
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to write in plain language
Replies: 32
Views: 2861

Re: How to write in plain language

Your claim is very surprising, and I can't find anything online to back it up. Obviously Hemingway wrote a lot of stories, so maybe it depends on which ones you read, but his terse style is famous and seemed pretty apparent when I read him in school. Are you really going to defend that 70% is a typi...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to write in plain language
Replies: 32
Views: 2861

Re: How to write in plain language

Hemingway's sentences were simple and short in comparison to typical writing of the time, but are actually average to above-average compared to a lot of more recent writing. Wikipedia cites a claim that 70% of his sentences were simple, which is pretty extreme. I have a hard time believing that is ...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 23
Views: 3302

Re: Longest Name

I don't know if there is any trend toward abbreviations in general, but we certainly recognize a much broader array of initialisms than our ancestors did a century ago. Even that I'd want to see some evidence for. I don't have any evidence, but it seems apparent that initialisms are widely used on ...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 23
Views: 3302

Re: Longest Name

I don't know if there is any trend toward abbreviations in general, but we certainly recognize a much broader array of initialisms than our ancestors did a century ago.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to write in plain language
Replies: 32
Views: 2861

Re: How to write in plain language

You could also read Ernest Hemingway. Most of his sentences were simple sentences. These sentences are all simple, too.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 23
Views: 3302

Re: Longest Name

Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo's name was famously never to be abbreviated.

But seriously, I don't think this question has a meaningful answer.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would you go blind if you became invisible?
Replies: 65
Views: 16248

Re: Would you go blind if you became invisible?

There seems to be a lack of creative thought on the subject of invisibility. There are many ways to achieve invisibility without being "transparent," and without being blinded. Some of these problems have already been solved: stealth technology exists for radar, but radar onboard stealth ...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrodynamic Levitation
Replies: 35
Views: 3680

Re: Hydrodynamic Levitation

Consider a table with four legs. Each of the legs supports the weight of the table with an upward force near the corner. None of them come anywhere close to the center of mass. Therefore all of them produce a torque ("moment of force" is a synonym for "torque"). However, the sum ...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrodynamic Levitation
Replies: 35
Views: 3680

Re: Hydrodynamic Levitation

There is no reason a force must or ought to be applied directly to the center of mass of anything. All that matters are the sums of forces and moments.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188371

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I can confirm that in French, the decimal point is read as virgule ("comma") rather than point . So 1,234 ("1.234") would be un virgule deux trois quatre ("one comma two three four") or un virgule deux cent trente-quatre ("one comma two hundred thirty-four").
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nounal and pronomial
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: Nounal and pronomial

According to Wikipedia, "nominal" has a different, more general meaning in linguistics.
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nounal and pronomial
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Nounal and pronomial

Of all the adjectival forms of the parts of speech ("verbal," "adverbial," "prepositional," etc.), "nounal" is surely the strangest. It is rarely used and doesn't sound like a real word. Yet the adjectival form of "pronoun" is not "pronounal&quo...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to write in plain language
Replies: 32
Views: 2861

Re: How to write in plain language

I see.
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to write in plain language
Replies: 32
Views: 2861

Re: How to write in plain language

heuristically_alone wrote:He based it on the most common ten hundred words, twerked slightly to make it work.

I think you mean "twerked."
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrodynamic Levitation
Replies: 35
Views: 3680

Re: Hydrodynamic Levitation

Water sticks to most surfaces, and you can't say the ball's mass is negligible because its weight is precisely the thing balancing out the upward force of the water. Negligible in the sense that the ball doesn't have much mass compared to the forces acting on it. The weight of the ball balances the...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrodynamic Levitation
Replies: 35
Views: 3680

Re: Hydrodynamic Levitation

Have you ever taken a physics class? What prevents the ball from accelerating is the balance of forces. The upward force due to the water is balanced by the downward force of gravity, so the ball's mass is clearly non-negligible. The outward force due to the fact that the water jet is off-center is ...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrodynamic Levitation
Replies: 35
Views: 3680

Re: Hydrodynamic Levitation

Right, the total amount of water hitting the side of the ball in the stream pushing it away may indeed be greater than the amount of water spraying off the other side pushing it back into the stream, but the horizontal component of the velocity of the water on the outside is clearly much greater tha...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 22
Views: 3897

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

Better yet, just head down to the core and stir it up a bit. Take all that helium out and spread it around the star. Easy.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 368409

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

You don't have to get so defensive. The argument is obviously that North and South America are divided by an isthmus while Europe and Asia are not. That's really all. There was no subtle attempt to insult you going on there. Continents are always divided up arbitrarily. Africa was connected by land ...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why do kids in school dread math?
Replies: 40
Views: 6252

Re: Why do kids in school dread math?

Preposition placement rules are totally arbitrary restrictions invented by pompous people based on how they thought language ought to look. Thinking that "pre" means "before" does not fall into the same category.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49865

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Spelling guidelines for dis(c|k) are complicated.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116844

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I like the sound of "vierling" (mostly because it sounds like "fearling").
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 6044

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

The insure/ensure/assure distinction is absolutely observed more rigorously in modern English than the weak farther/further distinction.
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 6044

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

It seems similar to me to "mouses" being sometimes accepted for the computer input device but never for the animal. Things like that bother me quite a bit for some reason - inventing a distinction that has no etymological basis. Others that come to mind are "insure" and "en...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why do kids in school dread math?
Replies: 40
Views: 6252

Re: Why do kids in school dread math?

To me, it does not seem logical to call preschool "school."
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 6044

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

It's a pretty silly usage anyway, since English doesn't really use different forms of the same word for different meanings (in the same grammatical form). At least it doesn't very often. "Winningest" has a different meaning from "most winning" in North American sports jargon I gu...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Re: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?

How's that? Projectile motion by definition is the motion of an object subject to forces, and force is directly proportional to the second derivative of position. If a path is not twice differentiable, then it cannot be produced by any such force, even a discontinuous force. So such a path is impos...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Re: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?

How's that? Projectile motion by definition is the motion of an object subject to forces, and force is directly proportional to the second derivative of position. If a path is not twice differentiable, then it cannot be produced by any such force, even a discontinuous force. So such a path is imposs...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why do kids in school dread math?
Replies: 40
Views: 6252

Re: Why do kids in school dread math?

Around here, preschool (for those who go) typically is for three- and four-year-olds, with the three-year-olds usually staying for just half a day. Primary school starts with kindergarten at five, and first grade (the first year of mandatory education) at six.
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Re: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?

According to this, there are no twice differentiable planar fractal curves, so I guess we can say with some confidence that projectile motion must have an integer dimension, as no force field could ever produce motion along a fractal dimensional path.
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why do kids in school dread math?
Replies: 40
Views: 6252

Re: Why do kids in school dread math?

Isn't four pretty young to start school?
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 368409

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

And interestingly, Latinos sometimes refer to Americans from the U.S. as "norteamericanos," which clearly fails to solve the problem, as Canada and Mexico are also part of North America, as are seven countries in Central America, 13 sovereign island nations in the Gulf (assuming all Gulf ...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 588
Views: 96239

Re: Hearthstone

Aya is no longer that useful to druid (jade is dieing) and jade rogue is a joke. Patches meanwhile is making all kinds of appearances thanks to combo-ing so nicely even with just bloodsail corsair. Shaman holds onto it's jade mostly because there just isn't much else. I don't think it'll last until...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 368409

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't honestly think it's any more or less weird either way regardless. I mean, to my knowledge, there's basically always been a North America and a South America, which were the Americas, so no singular just-America, and then the name became closely associated with the biggest economy in said Am...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 588
Views: 96239

Re: Hearthstone

I'm thinking about making an Evolve Shaman deck, since I have most of the pieces, it looks pretty fun, and it seems to be having some success. The thing is, I don't have Aya or Patches, and I only really have enough dust for one or the other. I've seen lists with both or with just one or the other, ...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188371

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

A hypercorrection derived from "where," I assume?
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 368409

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"These United States" and especially "these united states" (lowercase) annoy the hell out of me. It seems like some sort of unnecessary flourish which adds exactly nothing to the meaning. I've heard people claim that "these united states" emphasizes the individual state...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 6590

Re: Superconducting CPU?

So and etc. is like having 'and and' in a sentence . Yes, that is an example of and and and adjacent... And and and and wrongly so, in that case. Wouldn't the sentence "I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign" have been clearer if ...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 6590

Re: Superconducting CPU?

(You know that the "et" in "et cetera" already means "and", right? Seems weird to see "and etc.") Well shit, and etc. It just doesn't seem grammatically correct in my head :oops: Usually people use it that way when they think "et cetera" is one word.
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 6590

Re: Superconducting CPU?

Gotta go even more old school with ⁊c. Or modern with +c. Or symbolic-logical with ∧c. or ·c.

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