Re: Always be nice to the IT folks.
In a chemistry laboratory, the equivalents, I found were the Stores and the glassblowing service.
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Running W10 Pro here; the only times I have had my default browser switched back from FF to Edge were at the big update last year and one occasion when I got things into a horrible mess and did a clean reinstall.
I might try Vivaldi again having had a go with it in the early days of its introduction.
1. Usually the leaders of each party are settled before a general election so it could be argued that voters are actually voting for a prime minister despite the fact that their cross is beside the name of someeone else. Much of the election publicity produced by parties before an election is based on this idea.
2. The past tense of lead (pronounced leed) is led. Lead (pronounced led) is a heavy metal, symbol Pb, atomic number 82).
I speak as someone who has never awarded either an upvote or a downvote in any online discussion forum because I believe the system is silly and childish and should, of course, be scrapped.
In the case of the Register, I also think that many people click on these because of their prejudices (justified or not) about the subject of the post and not as a balanced assessment of its truth/accuracy etc. But that would mean having to read them all to find out what they actually say.
OK, but what about the contributor (above) who refers to "dissembling" a computer?
This reminds me of a chemical equivalent (no pun there for chemists); one particular lecturer I recall was always very insistent that ionic compounds disassociate in aqueous solution rather than the slightly shortened version that was in common use.
There are some words that just don't go well with the -i plural ending. After a little bit of research using a crossword solver, I think that it has a lot to do with the last couple of letters before -us. Some word endings are found commonly in Latin and even made up names (like plant names) that have such endings suit an -i plural. Even so, the -uses plural sounds just as good to me in many cases.
The majority of -us words (nouns) seem to be more suited to the -i plural. Here are some that I think are not:
virus, chorus, hiatus, omnibus (and bus, of course), rhombus, phallus, isthmus, tetanus, grampus, octopus (YES), papyrus, quietus, hibiscus, meniscus and platypus.
BTW, for other readers, find the option hidden away here, Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings "Turn on fast startup (recommended)"
Not in my version of Windows 10. Control Panel/Power Options then Choose what the power button does/Change settings that are currentlu unavailable.
Has anyone else noticed a trend in recent years for socks with a symbol/logo on one side? Presumably these are intended to be worn with the logo on the outside which means that you have perforce defined right and left socks. This goes against the idea that, even if they are put away folded together in the sock drawer, you don't have to worry which one goes on which foot while fumbling around getting dressed in the semi-darkness of a winter morning trying not to waken the still slumbering occupant of the bed.
So, no thanks. I perefer my socks ambidextrous (ambipodous?).
@John Smith 19
As a chemist, It is always a surprise and a source of humour to me when I come across "lead" instead of led. Especially in a periodical that deals (partly) with scientific subjects. I am reminded of my favourite corny joke about the guy who was the lead guitarist in a heavy metal band.
After reading your rather odd comment, I have had another look through the article and could not find any statement or implication by the author that he wanted Clinton to win. What I found was a pretty straight, factual account of the run up to the election and an interesting additional piece of information about one particular group of voters who may have had some significant effect on the outcome of the election. If you read it the way you express in your comment, it seems to me to say more about your attitude than that of the author of the article.
Yes, "The Chambers Dictionary" does just that for me. First off, a definite article is a must - no name is really complete without one; then the actual name combining as it does memories of my old Latin teacher with the hint of allusion to the legal world and a touch of Russian Roulette; and finally, the clincher, "Dictionary" - punchy and right to the point. Couldn't be bettered.
Why do people get so confused about plurals? As a change from the now commonplace Illiterate Apostrophe, I see in this article a reference to "Nexii owners". N.B. virus - viruses, callus - calluses, campus - campuses etc.
Apart from the fact that Nexii is possibly the plural of some unknown word "Nexius", you don't talk about Volvos owners or Dysons owners. In fact, reading them back to myself, those last two phrases could perhaps be used to refer to the people who own the companies but there you would need an apostrophe as in "Volvo's owners..."
Using a different construction, however, you would say "the owners of Volvos or Dysons (or even Nexuses)".
Not sure if this was the first such example of a spoof on Supercalifragilistic....etc. but on 8th February 2000, Inverness Caledonian Thistle (then a second tier club) beat Celtic in Glasgow in the Scottish Cup. Next day, The Scottish Sun splashed the following headline: SUPER CALEY GO BALLISTIC CELTIC ARE ATROCIOUS.
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