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12:09 AM
Probably we should have it display in varying colors depending on status.
Make it flash a big green A for no antibodies, a big blue A for only the short-term immunoglobulin M signalling the infection is just getting started, a big yellow A for both immunoglobulin M and the long-term immunoglobulin G for an infection that's well underway, and then finally a big red A for just immunoglobulin G.
Pity it doesn't detect the virus itself, but it will make for a lot of human stoplights.
Might need to be glow-in-the-dark.
 
 
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1:40 AM
What is a formal proposition?
 
What have you tried? @DanielRigg
 
please explain what this means
 
@DanielRigg Give some context. What is your situation for which you want to know what this is?
 
Please tell me what you have tried @DanielRigg
 
just anything or all
 
1:49 AM
All.
Tell me everything you have found @DanielRigg
 
I don't know
 
Where have you looked?
Where did you see this phrase? @DanielRigg
 
I have tried I can't find it so I need your explanation of the definition please
 
Show me the definition
 
I don't know the definition
 
1:55 AM
Do you have a dictionary?
:-)
 
la la la, la la la laaaa
la la la, la la la laaaa!
catchy!
 
he left
and we're the only ones left
in Language Overflow, yesterday, by M.A.R.
@DanielRigg https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formal%20proposition
Noun: proposition (countable and uncountable, plural propositions)
  1. (uncountable) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
  2. (countable) An idea or a plan offered.
  3. (countable, business settings) The terms of a transaction offered.
  4. (countable, US, politics) In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.
  5. (grammar) A complete sentence.
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2:47 AM
@skullpatrol he seems to be ... impatient?
 
 
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4:59 AM
In kakistocracy, the ist part is what denotes the superlative meaning, right?
'Cause bad was kakos in Greek, IIRC.
 
 
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11:19 AM
@Mitch asking the same question over and over for many days on end is the opposite of impatience.
It is quite angelic patience indeed.
Us, on the other hand, each of us has answered that question merely once or twice.
Now that is not even trying.
 
12:00 PM
3
Q: Is Gordon Ramsay right to use the term "plank" for an "idiot"?

Evan CarrollIn this video clip, amateur reality TV-chef Gordon Ramsay says, I think you're a plank. [...] Plank means an idiot. Is this a real definition of plank? Dictionary.com doesn't acknowledge it. Is Gordon Ramsay just calling people a slice of a dead tree?

He is back!
And he hasn't even changed his picture.
 
 
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2:57 PM
@RegDwigнt repetitively impatient? demanding? dickish?
 
3:13 PM
@RegDwigнt He's right in that respect. How would we tell him from the other planks?
@EdwinAshworth: How is it incorrect to follow one's own pace? Follow your own guidelines, rules, examples, prescriptions, thoughts, ideas, volition—but not pace? That seems prescriptive to a literal fault. And are we to assume that Ngrams comprise a holy scripture, in which are to be found all grammatical one- to four-word instances of English? — Robusto 1 min ago
¡Qué absurdo!
 
3:39 PM
@RegDwigнt What's the word for asking a question over and over but never accepting or even acknowledging any answer? There's a kind of zen quality to it.
 
@Færd I read it as an analogical formation from 'aristocracy'. That is, there is no meaning in '-ist- (it was part of 'arist-') that just got carried over accidentally. As though the suffix for 'rule by...' is '-istocracy'.
Wait...
So the root is actually kakistos not kakos.
 
Why are you talking so much shit?
 
4:07 PM
@Robusto Such cascades of cacas.
 
A veritable cacaphony.
 
Oh my Lord, who cut the cheese.
 
5:17 PM
@Færd Yes.
Greek has two superlative suffixes: -st(os) and -tat(os).
(Where -os is the masculine single nominative ending.)
 
 
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6:34 PM
@Mitch The immediate root, yes.
@Cerberus Thanks!
Is that the same superlative suffix in English?
 
@Færd I suspect they have the same origin.
The Germanic languages that I know have -er and -st, but Latin has -(i)or and -issimus/illimus/errimus.
The latter could be a combination of -st- with another affix -mus (I've no idea).
 
I see.
ODO goes no further than "Old English -ost-, -ust-, -ast-".
 
6:51 PM
> The suffixes -er (the "comparative") and -est (the "superlative") are of Germanic origin and are cognate with the Latin suffixes -ior and -issimus and Ancient Greek -īōn and -istos.
Wiki.
 
7:05 PM
@Mitch I would say "confused."
 
 
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8:53 PM
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Q: Can Corona beer kill Corona Virus?

Ian SongCan Corona beer kill Corona Virus because beer has alcohol but I don't know if you can use it to kill Corona Virus

 
 
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10:39 PM
Apparently men are half again as likely to die of the new virus as women are.
This means:

1. For every woman who dies, one and a half men die.
2. For every man who dies, two thirds of a woman dies.
3. Male-to-female sex-change operations are about to become far more popular than ever before.
 
10:56 PM
Did you read about the couple who died 6 minutes apart?
-after 51 years of marriage
 
11:12 PM
@skullpatrol That must mean she died first. Otherwise a third of her would still be alive.
 
perhaps
 
11:58 PM
Here's a little something to cheer people up.
 

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