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Shura Balaganov
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Originally posted by Alex Ayzin:
How about "dude". Whenever I hear someone saying "hey, dude" with that special California's "Surf's Up-prononciation" I get uncontrolable urge to take this person to nearest Basic-english course and chain him there until he learns proper form of salutation/greetings.
P.S: I'm not some laid back 55 year old, I'm 29 from Brooklyn, just hate that word.

Dude you need to chill.

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Nanhesru Ningyake
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I wouldn't classify these as "most hated", but I certainly avoid them in my conversation: appreciate, and apologize.
In a recent lecture, I heard this professor use the phrase "asymptotically speaking" in casual conversation. What do you think she meant?

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Michael Ernest
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I think she meant no one was truly paying attention and so she was alleviated from any responsibility for making sense.
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"Asymptotically speaking" means that we are closer to the truth with each next act of speaking, yet will never reach it.
Nanhesru Ningyake
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It probably means the more you stretch your imagination, the closer you are to understanding what's being talked about - but you'll never fully get it
It's pretty common lingo: In Google.
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It could also mean that at some point in time you will suddenly achieve infinite enlightenment, but immediately afterwards you will fall back to the normal level of your mundane existence, with no lasting effect from your experience.
Seriously though, "asymptotically speaking" could be fairly straightforward in the right context - such as one where some mathematical function is under discussion. Prefereably one that actually has, well, an asymptote. What was the lecture about?
Nanhesru Ningyake
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This was cryptography... don't recall where the asymptotes featured here though
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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