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Re: Email  •  August 2, 2004, 1:03pm  •  0 vote

Anonymous: 1) I'm certainly not suggesting that the word ought not to change in the future according to popular usage! lol... 2) I got the non-hyphenated "D day" from the Merriam-Webster Online

Re: Email  •  August 2, 2004, 8:54am  •  0 vote

Actually, there's a perfectly sound and consistent reason why "e-mail" should be hyphenated. Most compound words in English in which the first part of the compound is represented by its first lette

Re: No Woman No Cry  •  August 2, 2004, 8:38am  •  1 vote

Elena: It's spelled "pidgin." And a "hackney" is a taxicab. I think you are thinking of "Cockney," which is traditionally thought of as the dialect spoken by those born within the sound of Bow b

Re: Email  •  July 30, 2004, 8:11am  •  0 vote

Mike O's observation is the same as mine. I work at a large international company, and no matter where the speaker is from, if they are speaking English, they refer to a number of pieces of e-mail as

Re: Who’s this Joe?  •  July 29, 2004, 11:17am  •  0 vote

Here's a fun list, while the link lasts, of verious equivalents for "John Doe" in other languages: http://www.words-worth.de/robin/2004/07/would-real-john-doe-please-step.php

Re: The  •  July 28, 2004, 1:58pm  •  0 vote

So, passing by, I suppose that in thirty years of piano study, including three years of formal university and ten years of giving lessons, I haven't managed to figure out yet that "I play piano," as o

Re: Exclusive plural  •  July 26, 2004, 8:29am  •  0 vote

Oh, do you really think so?

Re: My dad is work at home.  •  July 26, 2004, 8:18am  •  1 vote

Dave, the one and only way that that could be a correct English statement is in something like the following situation: Say you are a secretary in HR (Human Resources, or Personnel) and you are cla

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 26, 2004, 8:11am  •  16 votes

WE don't. American speakers--I mean U.S. speakers (OK, OK, Canadians, get off my case already). I'm a secretary and I know these things. :P

Re: Punctuation Inside ( ) While Ending a Sentence  •  July 23, 2004, 5:20pm  •  0 vote

I like Dave's suggestion.

Re: Example  •  July 23, 2004, 11:34am  •  0 vote

Could this be a clue? Found this partial definition: "charade : n 1: a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way [syn: parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery, takeoff, burlesque

Re: P & K  •  July 23, 2004, 11:30am  •  1 vote

Cool. Thanks, Wrighton :)

Re: My dad is work at home.  •  July 23, 2004, 10:38am  •  0 vote

OK, Pierre, to make it perfectly clear... We're considering, I gather, the sentence, "My dad is work at home." This sentence is grammatically incorrect. Either sentence you suggested as an alte

Re: Swinging a Cat  •  July 21, 2004, 3:14pm  •  0 vote

Oh, yes. Apparently the "cat" in question is not a lovely animal that used to be a kitten, but is really the ancient punishment whip known as the "cat o' nine tails." This whip was one of the fav

Re: I’ve got a punctuation Jones  •  July 21, 2004, 8:43am  •  0 vote

Speaking practically, the best thing you can do is what the customer insists upon. But have one of your co-workers in the room with you when you capitulate, so that the customer cannot come back late

Re: “Me neither.” or “Me either”  •  July 21, 2004, 8:28am  •  1 vote

I mean "pronunciation," natch... still have not had my coffee this morning...

Re: “Me neither.” or “Me either”  •  July 21, 2004, 8:27am  •  3 votes

Glenn: "Everyone" is not debating punctuation. I was simply attempting to answer Michelle's question. Dave: Love your last para...very good breakdown of the right way to look at this... however,

Re: Wiener Coffee  •  July 20, 2004, 8:39am  •  0 vote

Your name is Daisuke? Ooohh. I seem to have assumed it was pronounced "diskie." Sorry. :) This is pertinent,

Re: Wiener Coffee  •  July 18, 2004, 7:14pm  •  0 vote

Dyske, I think Japanese is unusual in that respect. Whenever I've come across the names of countries in a "teach yourself" language book, or whenever I've seen a country name in print in a non-Englis

Re: “Me neither.” or “Me either”  •  July 16, 2004, 12:27pm  •  1 vote

Damn! I am so provincial. Of COURSE many of the United States are former English possessions (and it's there that you find the greatest acceptance of the I pronunciation in this country). Texas was n

Re: “Me neither.” or “Me either”  •  July 16, 2004, 12:24pm  •  1 vote

Michelle, A quick check on the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary gives the EE pronunciation first, followed by "also" and the I pronunciation. So either is correct (heh, heh). Seriously... I ha

Re: Y2K  •  July 15, 2004, 2:52pm  •  1 vote

Anonymous, you had better be glad you hid your name. Take it from one who knows, it's easier to do a little research and look knowledgeable than to attempt to impress with your "superior intellect,"

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 13, 2004, 8:00am  •  25 votes

OK, take and spank me with a saguaro.... In the last post I was (naturally) assuming American English. OF COURSE all other English speakers on the planet, practically, say CV.

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 12, 2004, 8:08am  •  29 votes

Ivy, there is a difference of opinion on whether and how words borrowed into English from other languages become part of English or remain part of their original languages. Obviously, since we do

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 7, 2004, 7:54am  •  126 votes

Yeah. To get the plural, just add an S to your favorite of the three forms. Incidentally, the plural of "CV" is "CVs," but the plural of "curriculum vitae" is "curricula vitae." Hooray for Latin.

Re: Lacking Smell  •  July 6, 2004, 8:31am  •  0 vote

Goossun, the word I see most often to refer to "no-smell" garlic capsules is "deodorized." Verb form, of course, is "deodorize." How do they do it? The problem is probably garlic's high sulfur (s

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  June 25, 2004, 9:44am  •  173 votes

I typed badly but I'm not in a mood to care about it right now because I'm getting a new kitten as soon as I get off work. :)

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  June 25, 2004, 9:42am  •  40 votes

Jun-Dai is strictly correct, but I should add that in most of the US the unaccented form is preferred; the accented form is thought of as a sort of affected overcorrectness. One might think the a

Re: Exclusive plural  •  June 24, 2004, 8:19am  •  0 vote

Not to be pedantic, Jun Dai--although that IS exactly what I AM being, come to think of it--but my example did, in fact, show that "he" was the subject. Perhaps I should have made it clearer for you.

Re: The  •  June 24, 2004, 8:17am  •  0 vote

It may be useful to compare the common practice in certain Romance languages, where the article is used for pretty nearly all nouns. I've found French particularly illustrative, in which you may have

Re: Octo  •  June 24, 2004, 8:12am  •  0 vote

And what exactly did you suppose was meant by "the format of the calendar was changed?" Honestly, people, READ the thread before you make half-assed comments. I, in fact, make it a rule to read th

Re: Exclusive plural  •  June 21, 2004, 8:13am  •  0 vote

bigtop, try recasting the sentence so that it is in standard subject-predicate order. You wouldn't say, "He are not in which seasons." You would instead say, "He is not in which seasons." "Which

Re: ...t you  •  June 20, 2004, 2:39pm  •  0 vote

Incidentally, when used in "got it" as in "I understand" ("Oh, you don't have to tell me again, I got it"), you say both words without changing either one, though a sloppy speaker might slide into "go

Re: F word  •  June 20, 2004, 2:35pm  •  0 vote

"Motherfucker," general-purpose noun for something you're intensely annoyed with. Sounds very strange when used to refer to something or someone female. Also used interjectionally when intensely

Re: Punctuation  •  June 18, 2004, 8:21am  •  0 vote

Jared, this is a style thing. I was originally taught that you've got it correct in your example: "Did you see the show where that lady yelled 'Cheese!'?" When the part between the quotes is a

Re: Acronyms That Are Plural  •  June 17, 2004, 3:38pm  •  0 vote

As far as I know, the previously posted rule is true of all acronyms and also of other nonstandard word-like things such as numbers (imagine substituting part numbers 300, 400, and 500 in the given ex

Re: No Woman No Cry  •  June 17, 2004, 3:26pm  •  3 votes

What you need, sumi, is an explanation by a native Jamaican speaker. While the language is English, it is sort of not English. It's been changed so much that most of the grammar rules of standard En

Re: Acronyms That Are Plural  •  June 17, 2004, 12:35pm  •  0 vote

For acronyms, the rule is to use s without the apostrophe for a plural and the apostrophe-s for a singular possessive. Form plural possessive by adding an s-apostrophe. In the following example, ass

Re: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.  •  June 17, 2004, 8:07am  •  0 vote

Hmm. Well, I am a drastic surgeon where I think it preserves sense while increasing clarity. If you wanted to do the minimum violence possible to the sentence, you might just as well say: "He is

Re: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.  •  June 16, 2004, 9:17am  •  0 vote

I said, "...with a proper noun subject (He) and verb predicate (doesn't)." What I meant was that the noun subject was a proper (suitable) one, not that "He" was a proper noun. Sloppy of me, sorry.

Re: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.  •  June 16, 2004, 9:13am  •  0 vote

Lisa, thanks for the kudos. Appreciate it. I'd like to add that the reason is not perfectly obvious why the "who" is ambiguous. You would never construct a sentence, "He is lost who knows exactly

Re: P & K  •  June 16, 2004, 8:45am  •  1 vote

Goossun, I could not answer the question about silent P any better than the writer at this page: http://www.kith.org/logos/words/lower3/kkknight.html Briefly, the silent P in "psychology" is the

Re: Where are the commas?  •  June 15, 2004, 8:12am  •  0 vote

I'm still brushing ashes out of my hair after the last time I said this, but it turns out neither way is incorrect at the moment. Just be consistent within your document (don't mix them) and stay wit

Re: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.  •  June 15, 2004, 8:04am  •  0 vote

Try this on: "He is lost, but I know exactly where I'm going." Not enough emphasis on the difference? What about this: "He is lost. I, however, know exactly where I'm going."

Re: A Jew and Jews  •  June 10, 2004, 3:02pm  •  0 vote

I think in my family we'd make up something like "Jewish-y" for the concept Jonathan playfully describes. At least I know that's what I would say, and my grandmother would immediately understand. :)

Re: 00′s  •  June 10, 2004, 3:00pm  •  0 vote

Dammit :) You can always tell it's me typing when I switch the vowels in "because."

Re: 00′s  •  June 10, 2004, 2:59pm  •  0 vote

Becuase we were too busy answering the question to engage in vicious and unnecessary nitpicking.

Re: Chink  •  June 10, 2004, 8:23am  •  0 vote

R Helms, I'm going to wild guess that you are in your late fifties to early sixties? My first-tier sources (a bunch of engineers for an international company, my dad, and the Internet) tell me th

Re: Am I L-deaf?  •  June 10, 2004, 8:15am  •  0 vote

My dad pronounces it very slightly (his first language is not English), probably because he pronounced it wrong in the first place and never quite corrected himself. My mom (native English speaker) u

Re: Para  •  June 3, 2004, 4:29pm  •  0 vote

Yeah. Found this... http://www.eu25.org/html/events/athina.htm Relevant quotation from the page: "Grotowski also developed the „Paratheater“ or as he called it „project-events“ and „active cult

Re: Para  •  June 2, 2004, 8:30am  •  0 vote

Sweetie, you're reading postmodernists again, aren't you. (speedwell grins) Dictionary.com entry here is the best one I found: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=para- Since there are so m

Re: Discrepancy  •  June 2, 2004, 8:21am  •  1 vote

Could use a preview mode on this thing.... "...intervening prepositional phrase..." was a really stupid thing to say, sorry about that. You should still see that "discrepancy of" in that last exam

Re: Discrepancy  •  June 2, 2004, 8:19am  •  1 vote

Or, alternatively (continuing with what Rich has posted), "there was a discrepancy between the reports." Google hits: "Discrepancy between" - 273,000 "Discrepancy in" - 158,000 "Discrepancy of"

Re: “me too”  •  June 1, 2004, 8:46am  •  1 vote

In the cases above cited, I would say, "I do, too." Of course, politeness would dictate that you not, arbitrarily and uninvited, include yourself in an activity, but this is not an English grammar

Re: Two Weeks Notice  •  June 1, 2004, 8:41am  •  3 votes

Oh, and Joachim is perfectly correct. This is a spelling rule, not a matter of learned opinion.

Re: Two Weeks Notice  •  June 1, 2004, 8:40am  •  1 vote

Fernando, my hourly rate for freelance work is fifty dollars an hour (more or less depending on difficulty). You may contact me at the linked e-mail address if you're interested.

Re: Where are the commas?  •  June 1, 2004, 8:37am  •  0 vote

The point about the conjunction is a good one. I should have included it. Thanks.

Re: Chink  •  May 28, 2004, 8:24am  •  0 vote

Older people = more literate people with wider vocabularies. Younger people = idealistic puppies who think they can make the world better by impoverishing the language so as not to offend the del

Re: Where are the commas?  •  May 25, 2004, 8:10am  •  0 vote

My opinion on this amounts to an unreasonable and dogmatic belief. In documentation meetings, people have unfortunately learned not to ask my advice about this particular issue anymore. I ALWAYS pl

Re: Pronouns  •  May 21, 2004, 9:08am  •  0 vote

Goossun... Yes, that's possible. I tend to lean more toward linguistic descriptivism ("That's the way it is! Because that's the way it is!") than prescriptivism ("That's the way it's going to be! Be

Re: ta-ta & ho-ho  •  May 20, 2004, 7:54am  •  0 vote

I'll see if I can rent a copy this weekend. Now I've just GOT to figure this out! :)

Re: Smileys and other emoticons within parentheses  •  May 19, 2004, 3:57pm  •  0 vote

That's a great question. If I know for certain that the program will substitute a smiley face, I usually use the smiley code plus the close paren, ":))". I don't do this for Microsoft Word, though

Re: ta-ta & ho-ho  •  May 19, 2004, 9:38am  •  0 vote

*absolutely stumped*

Re: Multi-disciplinary  •  May 19, 2004, 8:06am  •  0 vote

AC, I always thought "bastardized" was identical in meaning to the phrase "corrupted and made illegitimate." An art form can certainly be a "legitimate art form," so if an artist makes a work in whi

Re: Pronouns  •  May 19, 2004, 7:58am  •  0 vote

Alec, that rule you mentioned was considered correct up until as late as twenty or so years ago, but the balance has now shifted. Such things do not happen all at once; there is no legislative body d

Re: Either Is or Am  •  May 19, 2004, 7:52am  •  0 vote

"Firm's" is correct. Look on the home page, Susie, for a link you can use to submit your next question.

Re: Multi-disciplinary  •  May 18, 2004, 12:14am  •  0 vote

It means that the artist deserves to be disciplined at least once for each art form bastardized in the finished work. (Joke!)

Re: Either Is or Am  •  May 18, 2004, 12:01am  •  0 vote

I thought of recasting the statement with "neither:" "Neither he nor I is a fool." Hmmm. "Neither of us is a fool." This is obviously correct. Amazing how this stuff nags at you, particularly

Re: ir  •  May 17, 2004, 11:44pm  •  0 vote

Oh, AC, that's passe... the "one word" necesary has now been coined. By Goossun. :)

Re: ‘A while’ vs. ‘awhile’  •  May 17, 2004, 8:17am  •  0 vote

According to my spot research, I notice that yes, both are perfectly correct as such. However, they are not strictly interchangeable. "Awhile" is a single adverb. "For a while," that is identical

Re: Colon and Semi Colon  •  May 17, 2004, 8:12am  •  0 vote

Sam, you are oversimplifying.

Re: Oral vs. Aural  •  May 17, 2004, 8:04am  •  0 vote

Karen, I'm from Texas. But you just excellently described what I was getting at in my previous post. Thanks for that. :)

Re: Is “much” plural?  •  May 17, 2004, 8:03am  •  3 votes

Yes, that's right. "Much" takes the singular verb. Compare this with "many," that takes the plural verb. "Much has been written about the controversy between religion and science." (Much writing)

Re: Pronouns  •  May 14, 2004, 8:22am  •  0 vote

While I'm off the subject... It's apparently NOT inappropriate to refer to a person's "gender" if you are referring to what is called their "gender identity," as opposed to their biologically deter

Re: Pronouns  •  May 14, 2004, 8:13am  •  0 vote

Dyske said: "I wish that the government would step in and officially endorse (not enforce) a rule." Gives new meaning to the term "grammar police." LOL With all due respect... if the government

Re: Pronouns  •  May 13, 2004, 8:24am  •  0 vote

It probably goes without saying that if an individual's sex is known, then there is no further question about what pronoun is most appropriate. Slightly off subject: A teacher I had in college use

Re: Pronouns  •  May 13, 2004, 8:15am  •  0 vote

I haven't ever had a problem avoiding the use of "he" and "she." Sentences, whenever appropriate, can always be recast. The sentences are usually improved as a result. Examples: 1) "Everyone in

Re: Isn’t it odd?  •  May 12, 2004, 8:06am  •  0 vote

"There must be a measure." There is; the measure is whether your new word actually communicates what it is meant to communicate. The creative name of your photo, "Irreddenable Blue," is immedi

Re: Isn’t it odd?  •  May 12, 2004, 8:02am  •  0 vote

Oh, God, Derrida. That man is completely incomprehensible in French, let alone in English translation. Besides that, he is utterly unreliable when it comes to mathematical terminology, which he misu

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 12, 2004, 7:59am  •  0 vote

Boy, I am doing badly on this, aren't I. "Beheaded" is another word that is a survival from the time when "be-" was commonly used as a prefix. We don't make words in this way anymore, but we still

Re: ir  •  May 11, 2004, 2:57pm  •  0 vote

mpt, you must tell us what you think the correct English word would be to describe something that cannot be reddened!

Re: Will-Call  •  May 11, 2004, 2:56pm  •  1 vote

To the best of my knowledge and belief, the phrase comes from the fact that you have prearranged for the tickets to be held for you (usually so you can get guaranteed good seating) and you "will call"

Re: Oral vs. Aural  •  May 11, 2004, 9:18am  •  0 vote

I somewhat self-consciously pronounce "oral" with a sound that tends toward a long O, and "aural" with a sound that tends toward AW. But I am aware of making a special effort in this respect. I un

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 11, 2004, 9:15am  •  0 vote

I'm not making myself clear. What I mean is that in modern times words are no longer formed by adding "be-" to them.

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 11, 2004, 9:14am  •  0 vote

Yes, that's right... "benighted," "besieged," "bewitched," and "belabored" are all examples of words that you can't remove the "be-" prefix from. But the "be-" prefix is no longer used, except face

Re: Be-martyred  •  May 10, 2004, 10:15am  •  0 vote

Goossun, "martyred" is sufficient in this case. The use of "be-" as a prefix is obsolete--though many words that use it (bedaubed, besprinkled, etc.) still survive. In most cases the word also exi

Re: G-string  •  May 9, 2004, 11:32pm  •  0 vote

From http://www.takeourword.com/TOW131/page2.html we have this: "The word was initially (1878) 'geestring,' and it referred to what amounted to a loincloth held up by a string and worn by certain I

Re: ir  •  May 9, 2004, 11:20pm  •  0 vote

It's not strictly "correct," but I LOVE IT. KEEP IT. OR I WILL BE UPSET. :) It is perfectly clear and easy to understand. It does not strike me as illiterate or ignorant at all. It is reminisc

Re: Isn’t it odd?  •  May 7, 2004, 8:39am  •  0 vote

goossun: You made the word according to known English rules, but no such word actually exists. instead you'd use "oddness" or even just "oddity" as an adjective, or use a synonym that fits in cont

Re: English schools  •  April 28, 2004, 2:52pm  •  0 vote

yes, I am a monolingual idiot and it's surprising I ever learned to sing the mass in Latin. LOL. Well, my fiance is an artist too, and he goes to the Art Institute (of which there is a branch in New

Re: Gerontophile?  •  April 28, 2004, 12:53pm  •  3 votes

It's not found in most dictionaries, but based on the known meaning of the root, plus the most likely meaning of the suffix, it would be analyzed as "lover of old people." This would imply that the wr

Re: 10 Head of Cattle  •  April 28, 2004, 8:43am  •  1 vote

Actually it has everything to do with synecdoche--it's one of the textbook demonstration examples (Google it and see what I mean). Good point about "foot" though. Anyway, I was thinking about this

Re: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”  •  April 28, 2004, 8:36am  •  3 votes

Nope, goossun... you explained it better than most native English speakers ever understand it. We typically just memorize that old construction (I think it was called the subjunctive, don't quote me

Re: English schools  •  April 28, 2004, 8:22am  •  0 vote

Wow, this IS interesting. I found this site: http://www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/teflindex.htm It seems very informative... a whole book's worth of info there. A good start, anyway! Berlitz

Re: 10 Head of Cattle  •  April 27, 2004, 8:41am  •  0 vote

It's called a "synecdoche," which rhymes (sort of) with "Schenectady" (the town in upstate New York); if you can say one, you probably can't say the other. Anyway. A synecdoche is defined, in th

Re: English schools  •  April 26, 2004, 2:26pm  •  0 vote

This is not easy! http://www.berlitz.us/default.htm?lcid=7 I would feel OK recommending this as a place to start your search. Berlitz has a decent reputation. They also have a Danish homepage he

Re: English schools  •  April 26, 2004, 2:13pm  •  0 vote

An English school in NYC, and I'm in Texas, a thousand miles away. At least I'm in the same country! :) That's a clue, about the method used to teach Korean students. I'll see what I can dig up.

Re: Following the Joe  •  April 23, 2004, 8:45am  •  0 vote

"ward" should, of course, be "word" in the previous post. Do go see the site I referenced. It's a lot of fun!

Re: Following the Joe  •  April 23, 2004, 8:43am  •  0 vote

Oh, this is a good one. :) "Jack" is a diminutive of the name "John." (Compare French "Jacques.") For centuries, it's been used in common English to refer to a typical lower-class man, or somethin

Re: Identical  •  April 23, 2004, 8:15am  •  0 vote

Joe, you're goddamn brilliant. "Your problem is one of syntax." What the heck did you think we were doing, mistaking it for a banana?

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