speedwell2

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Number of votes received: 505

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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...

Recent Comments

on: Fuff

Pssst... KyleKat, the second word Dave refers to is "off." ...

on: Lux’ or Lux’s

Well, they are building a "Grand Lux Cafe" not too far from ...

on: @ mark

I call it "the at sign" or "the at." Slightly off topic.....

on: Lux’ or Lux’s

In this case, write "Lux's."...

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

"How manyth..." Love it, love it. It is utterly wrong and...

on: begin from page 10

My ear tells me: "Let's begin on [not "at" or "from"] pag...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

I meant to also post the appropriate paragraph from the link...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Nope. http://www.yaelf.com/aueFAQ/mifplrlsltngrkwrds.shtm...

on: rubber meets the road?

No, I've heard it most often as "when," too. It must derive ...

on: tuitions in graffiti

Help from someone who KNOWS what they're talking about is AL...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

Well, for one thing, you didn't phrase it in the form of a q...

on: Use of Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, etc.

Hello, Ms. Mourer! Sometimes, in grammar, things really...

on: Screw The Pooch

(slaps own hand for mistyping... Dyske, can we have a previe...

on: Screw The Pooch

That's fine, rob honey. You keep on believeing that, and we...

on: Screw The Pooch

More information (tyou really needed more information on thi...

on: Screw The Pooch

Oh, Christ, is that ever vulgar. :) Origin? You probably...

on: Is it A or An?

LOL. I think I know what happened. Amy read my post and ha...

on: Five by Five

all your base are belong to us!...

on: Adjective in place of Adverb

Yes, IngisKahn, that's exactly it, thank you. I can be the ...

on: washeteria

(Speedwell, the Texan, who thinks of anything north of the M...

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

Alternate take on this: I was talking to some of my co-wo...

on: Mixing

There's a word for this, I just can't think of what it is. ...

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

Jun-Dai is admirably correct. The usage I personally find c...

on: “Ten Items or Less (Fewer?)”

See my latest comment to this post: http://painintheengli...

on: Eels’ or Eels’s?

The Waffle House combo? Scattered, smothered, covered, topp...

on: tuitions in graffiti

I don't know... a purple silk scarf, a previous career in in...

on: Talking through your hat

Actually, I was talking about this just now with the gal in ...

on: “I says”

Oh, I agree. There is practically no situation in which you...

on: Sweet and Savory

Well, I did say it was technical!...

on: Talking through your hat

This expression is reliably dated to at least one hundred ye...

on: “I says”

<snob> There are no inferior LANGUAGES... just the ignorant ...

on: “I says”

ladylucy, the usage I hear most in my neighborhood conforms ...

on: Sweet and Savory

Since we're getting so technical and all... Folks, modern...

on: Construction

Oh, I should have clarified. "But" and "nevertheless" mean ...

on: Construction

Hmm. Let's look at this... "The chances of my ever being ...

on: you ‘had better not’ read it...

Ben, if your best answer to a grammar question is essentiall...

on: “Zen” as an Adjective

Ben, please allow me to inform you that your posts would be ...

on: Adjective in place of Adverb

You mean, "The bombs rested, precariously volatile, on the e...

on: Adjective in place of Adverb

Peter, I think your example sentence would be punctuated lik...

on: ab

Those are good ones. This would make a good game, wouldn't i...

on: Footnote references and punctuations

Pedontic presumably meant "pedontic." However, the word is ...

on: Plurals

I agree. Well and briefly put....

on: “Proper” Diction?

Hmm. Well, it isn't wrong to say something "runs slow," espe...

on: Where are the commas?

Hmmm. Well, since you appear to be indicating that the read...

on: Irregardless?

Irrespective? It's a good thought, but I would guess the ...

on: tuitions in graffiti

Weird. But all right, "tutee." Hmmph. Just SAYING tha...

on: “Proper” Diction?

I found it, I found it, oh, I'm so happy. I know the reason...

on: Is it A or An?

Anonymous, there are no exceptions. It's exceedingly simple...

on: tuitions in graffiti

Anyone who studies is a "student," whether the person they s...

on: “I says”

Seems like a valid value judgement to me, Dave :) Well, OK, ...

on: washeteria

Upon further reflection (that means, "after Speed reached de...

on: washeteria

Marta, a "washeteria" is a self-service laundry, also known ...

on: As If vs. As Though

Very slight, and not very meaningful. "But for" many time...

on: As If vs. As Though

I think they mean the same thing. This British English page...

on: ab

Jeudi, that's interesting. The way I read it was that Gooss...

on: ab

Jeudi, as a native English speaker who is now a corresponden...

on: ab

Jeudi, yeah, the whole "ab-" thing is Latinate. I was so in...

on: ab

Abbie, the whole Internet is nothing but the combined uttera...

on: “Can I get” vs. “May I have”

This is an etiquette question, not a grammar question, lol :...

on: “Zen” as an Adjective

A word can be a noun and an adjective at the same time, guys...

on: ab

Have coffee with me, Dave. Which one of the words you menti...

on: Para

Speedwell is NOT an UNHAPPY GEEK. Speedwell is a HAPPY NE...

on: A Somewhat Intricate Sentence

Dave, I and my head cold appreciate your cogent suggestions....

on: A Somewhat Intricate Sentence

For a segmented version, try: _____________________________...

on: My dad is work at home.

ishtarbaba, I'm afraid I have no clue what your point is her...

on: Spaces After Period

Speaking practically... If you are a secretary, using two...

on: A Somewhat Intricate Sentence

Pardon, remove the comma after the parenthetical expression"...

on: A Somewhat Intricate Sentence

Oh, yeah. Sounds like the way I wrote before I really caugh...

on: Eels’ or Eels’s?

I can never cover all of my thoughts in one post... There...

on: Eels’ or Eels’s?

Hmmm. Compare: "My favorite band is The Eels." "Five gu...

on: Looking for a word

OK, to sort these... "Layabout" and "lazy-ass" (noun and ...

on: Is “much” plural?

Oh, and I'm not saying that "much" IS a singular word, nor a...

on: Is “much” plural?

Um, "shoes" is still plural. If you're looking at a batch...

on: Plural s-ending Possessives

That was intended to be an illustration. Jenny, nobody ever...

on: Colon and Semi Colon

Bozka: ,.?';;...

on: Flying (with) Colours?

Ah. Sorry. Eating popcorn on my lunch hour. :) Here's the ...

on: Flying (with) Colours?

Found this today. It's interesting, and it contains a first...

on: Proper Names

I'm not sure from the context whether Walt Disney, the man, ...

on: Couldn’t Care Less

There's a joke that's made the rounds a few times about this...

on: Gerund and Present Participle

Ronnie, you pretend to be a free citizen of a civilized coun...

on: Plurals with Clarification

Remember that the rule that the apostrophe gums up here is t...

on: Plural s-ending Possessives

The family Jones has a house. It is the Jones's (Joneziz) h...

on: “Me neither.” or “Me either”

Aw, he's just letting off steam, as must all bags of hot air...

on: Acronyms That Are Plural

"...and that seems to follow..." (gropes for early mornin...

on: Acronyms That Are Plural

Since I very fortunately do not work for the University of C...

on: Apostrophe & Parentheses Usage

I mean, that really made me blink twice, hard, and gave me a...

on: Apostrophe & Parentheses Usage

Mark, the situation is sufficiently weird that I don't think...

on: 00′s

Oh, fer cryin' out loud... Native English speakers are no...

on: Color of People

Nathan asks whether the NAACP (the "National Association for...

on: Gerund and Present Participle

Oh, well. I think that most kids grasp in a general sense t...

on: ...t you

goossun, not in front of the children. ;D...

on: An unit

In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, there are a couple ...

on: An unit

This ex-proofreader/editor wouldn't have hesitated one secon...

on: ...t you

Ha! Less of the sexist prejudice, please. Speedwell is a la...

on: Flying (with) Colours?

Dave, you're right. The "colors" are flags, and a ship from...

on: Color of People

"Colored" is a word invented by the white authorities to mak...

on: Usage of “envy”

"Full stop" and "blah," I'm hoping sincerely that increased ...

on: Usage of “envy”

First, understand that "envy" is a perfectly good verb, not ...

on: Quotation Marks in Parenthetical Statement

Naturally the presence or absence of the parentheses does no...

on: Quotation Marks in Parenthetical Statement

I can verify that for the airport codes in particular, quota...

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