speedwell2

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Taking the Name, in vain or in earnest

Thought of one. I’m aware that there is an area of controve...

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on: This construction is puzzling me...

(cries) I didn't actually miss that but I didn't want to po...

on: This construction is puzzling me...

Anonymous was me, sorry.......

on: This construction is puzzling me...

Persephone and I are on the same page, but I'd make a slight...

on: Past or Past Perfect

Wouldn't you like it better if the sentence read, "He had sp...

on: Upon/on

Persephone... subtle, subtle. LOL...

on: Upon/on

Pet, the use of "differentiated" is correct in this sentence...

on: Bloody Mary

I have a recurring problem with Scotch and soda, but... uh, ...

on: American versus British question

Both ways work for me also, and, like CQ, I had to read twic...

on: Apostrophe Catastrophe

Marriage has nothing to do with it. Ownership in common is ...

on: We, I, or my wife had a baby?

Excellent. Hooray :) Best wishes to all of you....

on: Left or right single quote?

OK, I see that they're inconsistent... and I'm not going to ...

on: Bring Brought

They're both OK, but the second is less informal and I prefe...

on: Left or right single quote?

Really? When I did desktop publishing, I was supposed to use...

on: We, I, or my wife had a baby?

Dyske still hasn't mentioned if he really is "...a father of...

on: The Nanny

I live in the US, and I've rarely heard people refer to even...

on: Left or right single quote?

I was always taught it was an apostrophe, because apostrophe...

on: Life Savers 5 Flavor

Gee, Dan, for someone who uses the internet, you sure are pr...

on: Apostrophe Catastrophe

Got one. http://www.users.bigpond.com/J_fersOffice/sample...

on: Apostrophe Catastrophe

First, absolutely, as Nicholas says. Will find cite....

on: possession with an entity which uses parenthesis

Slemmet's solution is the proper and elegant one. It's not ...

on: you all

It's "Hey, you," or "Hi, you guys."...

on: “by” vs. “of”

Of course you can possess integrity or loyalty.. That's abso...

on: Commas and Quotation Marks

Who, me? Um... yeah, that's how my partner thinks I drive, ...

on: Commas and Quotation Marks

Sure, as soon as you Brits start to drive on the correct sid...

on: Realize or realise?

OK, nice to hear from an expert. Got any links to material ...

on: politics in the kitchen...

OK, I'm going to go do actual work now.......

on: politics in the kitchen...

Not to mention what goulash looks like to the people below y...

on: L

Heretic!! Burn the heretic! Burn the.... waaaaaaait.......

on: politics in the kitchen...

As an ethnic Hungarian who regularly makes goulash (my fathe...

on: L

Oh, my, we have a word that isn't in the dictionary. Whatev...

on: you all

Oh, yes, and it happens in Spanish too, with the "familiar" ...

on: tv + video + dvd = ?

Marta, that would likely be rendered in English as something...

on: tv + video + dvd = ?

I'd go with "entertainment center," understood in context as...

on: you all

Oh, yeah, "you" and "all of you" is the way I learned it gro...

on: some troubles with passsives

Hear ye, hear ye. It hasn't been "completely incorrect" t...

on: Login into or log in to

Am I just old, or didn't we used to say "log on" to a networ...

on: Plural s-ending Possessives

I suppose I should mention that I was taught to pronounce th...

on: Plural s-ending Possessives

Yes, "Klosses" is right for more than one family member. Bu...

on: some troubles with passsives

You may also choose to simply flip prepositional phrases aro...

on: some troubles with passsives

I agree that Dave made the better choice of the two options ...

on: We, I, or my wife had a baby?

*Did* you have a baby? If so, congratulations :)...

on: We, I, or my wife had a baby?

I'd like to point out the utterly obvious, which is that you...

on: you all

Ahem. The proper spelling of the word, to the extent ther...

on: 30 minutes parking?

Actually Naeboo's first example is incorrect, but his second...

on: eat vs. have breakfast

Because the "doing" of a meal is something you must do on a ...

on: “Tilting at Windmills”

Oh, really?...

on: partner

I am a woman, and my partner of seven years (a professional ...

on: It was the coup de’grace of et all!...or was it?

When speaking English, rather than French, the accent is opt...

on: Worst

It may help to experimentally substitute "better" and "best"...

on: Something X Anything

What Nigel is suggesting by the use of "some thing" is close...

on: Right Question For this Answer (about count/rank/order)

Ha! I got it... "What number is Manmohan Singh in the suc...

on: Worst

Yes, the second "sentence" may be a fragment, but that isn't...

on: None are/None is

As a Houstonian myself, xuan, I really sympathize with you a...

on: eat vs. have breakfast

"To eat breakfast" is just more precise than "to have breakf...

on: statement

Think of a simpler example: "I have never gone to see her...

on: statement

The following sentences are both correct: "The patient ha...

on: web site or Web site

I prefer "Internet," but many newspapers and magazines are g...

on: Immediately

Just to clarify "immediately to".... You can have a sente...

on: Immediately

You can actually use "immediately" in any direction in space...

on: DOUBT vs. QUESTION

I agree 100%. No doubts here :)...

on: Sunday best

Still used in the non-ironic sense here in Texas, if the spe...

on: Worst Case or Worse Case

No, because we're too lazy to tweak the cliched phrase for g...

on: Why ‘an’ in front of an ‘h’-word?

Oh, pish-posh. :) "Modern" French (that is, not Old Fren...

on: L

Well, it depends. "Beforehand" can be an adjective or an ad...

on: Immediately

I remember reading, in American novels more than a hundred y...

on: L

Oh, Christ, I'm so asleep. I had better not come back until...

on: L

"Beforehandedly" would be the correct way to form the adverb...

on: L

"Frilly" was a terrible example, I do admit. (Monday morn...

on: Indian English: “reach”

I can think of at least one case in which American English s...

on: L

lysdexia, goossun learned English, I gather, through his con...

on: Why ‘an’ in front of an ‘h’-word?

Joachim, you're right... Chiara, I did misunderstand you, pa...

on: Worst Case or Worse Case

It's properly pronounced "worst." Laziness, however, is h...

on: Irregardless?

Madame from Nîmes, I think you're right, but do you have any...

on: silent autumn

It's not my list, id, but I'm sure that certain dialects do ...

on: Dew Claw

Sorry about the hasty nature of the previous post... Speedwe...

on: Dew Claw

According to the (online) 1911 edition of the Encyclopaedia ...

on: Possessive with acromyms ending in S

Nicole, it works like this: You make the plural and the p...

on: [sic]

Yes....

on: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”

Another interesting example is shown in this excerpt from th...

on: B4 Dickens

Oh, I don't particularly care about being brainier-than-thou...

on: Plural of word “rum”

My experience with the M-W is that they tend to try to descr...

on: silent autumn

Bill(n), the answer to your question can be found in this th...

on: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”

That's true, goossun. I didn't elaborate (it seemed a bit o...

on: B4 Dickens

Brad, if you were really as smart as you hope we think you a...

on: B4 Dickens

LOL. I think Steph just meant, "There were no standard spel...

on: The Approaching-Ubiquitous “The”

Copy Dog: I honestly had not even noticed the phenomenon ...

on: Why ‘an’ in front of an ‘h’-word?

No, Chiara, "useful" and "unit," like "university" and "Euro...

on: Why ‘an’ in front of an ‘h’-word?

Hello, Frank. One of two things is happening here: 1) The...

on: Tsunami

Ladylucy, the comment in question was intended as general he...

on: Jigsaw evidence

Which doesn't at all change the fact that Olga's quoted sent...

on: [sic]

Noah, you're correct... "sic" means "thus" or "so" in Latin....

on: Coke, kleenex, xerox

Sol, the word for what is going on when a brand name becomes...

on: Tsunami

All of the 10+ dictionaries I consulted clearly specify that...

on: Tsunami

Although I may be wrong about the recent coinage; see this L...

on: Tsunami

Wendy, "tsunami" is the technical term for it. Why on earth...

on: colonel

lol degustibus. For the rest of us... if you did not unders...

on: [sic]

Yes, it is only used in a direct quotation. You can also us...

on: Credit card

That's "produced." Dyske, can we have a preview mode? Plea...

on: Credit card

hey Goossun... Happy New Year :) I'll give the common terms...

on: all

I'll merely point out that I agree with Craig's comment. Th...

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