Yes there is a 'w' in quick. Right after the initial 'k'.
In this particular case, it IS nines'. R (for radix) makes is less
inappropriately specific, since the same idea applies to all radixes
(bases). I suppose you don't know that r's-1 complement is involved in
how computers subtract numbers. I didn't know it yet, but I learned r's
compliment in second grade.
The 'w' in "one" is more interesting (esp when you are designing rules
to convert spellings to sounds).
Spend any amount of time (i.e., hundreds of hours) trying to understand
why certain combinations of letters are pronounced one way or another
and you end up pulling your hair out -- English is just chock full
I most certainly do! Having had to design ALU's, you quickly learn that
you perform subtraction by putting a "programmable inverter" (XOR gate)
in front of each bit and force the carry-in to '1' on your ADDER. Voila!
A-B with the same hardware that performs A+B!
Look at "casting out nines" and "casting out 11's".
Trachtenberg addition relies on the latter.
Puzzle your way through those.
The state decided it would be nice to have the roadsigns on the SK rez
in SK. Don't ask me what they call the characters or how to say the words.
There's a mountain west of town that was named Squaw Peak, or Squaw Tit
originally. The Indians decided 'squaw' was derogatory, so it was
renamed 'Ch-paa-qn'. Good luck with that. It's still Squaw to me.
I never understood the "dirty word" mentality. You can call something a
"dungheap" or a "pile of manure" (of even 'Ralph' if you wanted to).
It's still the same thing as the "stinking heap of SHIT" it was before.
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