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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: Email

Anonymous: 1) I'm certainly not suggesting that the word ...

on: Email

Actually, there's a perfectly sound and consistent reason wh...

on: No Woman No Cry

Elena: It's spelled "pidgin." And a "hackney" is a taxicab....

on: Email

Mike O's observation is the same as mine. I work at a large...

on: Who’s this Joe?

Here's a fun list, while the link lasts, of verious equivale...

on: The

So, passing by, I suppose that in thirty years of piano stud...

on: Exclusive plural

Oh, do you really think so?...

on: My dad is work at home.

Dave, the one and only way that that could be a correct Engl...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

WE don't. American speakers--I mean U.S. speakers (OK, OK, C...

on: Punctuation Inside ( ) While Ending a Sentence

I like Dave's suggestion....

on: Example

Could this be a clue? Found this partial definition: "cha...

on: P & K

Cool. Thanks, Wrighton :)...

on: My dad is work at home.

OK, Pierre, to make it perfectly clear... We're consideri...

on: Swinging a Cat

Oh, yes. Apparently the "cat" in question is not a love...

on: I’ve got a punctuation Jones

Speaking practically, the best thing you can do is what the ...

on: “Me neither.” or “Me either”

I mean "pronunciation," natch... still have not had my coffe...

on: “Me neither.” or “Me either”

Glenn: "Everyone" is not debating punctuation. I was simpl...

on: Wiener Coffee

Your name is Daisuke? Ooohh. <<very confused Texan internal...

on: Wiener Coffee

Dyske, I think Japanese is unusual in that respect. Wheneve...

on: “Me neither.” or “Me either”

Damn! I am so provincial. Of COURSE many of the United State...

on: “Me neither.” or “Me either”

Michelle, A quick check on the Merriam-Webster Online dic...

on: Y2K

Anonymous, you had better be glad you hid your name. Take i...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

OK, take and spank me with a saguaro.... In the last post I ...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Ivy, there is a difference of opinion on whether and how wor...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Yeah. To get the plural, just add an S to your favorite of ...

on: Lacking Smell

Goossun, the word I see most often to refer to "no-smell" ga...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

I typed badly but I'm not in a mood to care about it right n...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Jun-Dai is strictly correct, but I should add that in most o...

on: Exclusive plural

Not to be pedantic, Jun Dai--although that IS exactly what I...

on: The

It may be useful to compare the common practice in certain R...

on: Octo

And what exactly did you suppose was meant by "the format of...

on: Exclusive plural

bigtop, try recasting the sentence so that it is in standard...

on: ...t you

Incidentally, when used in "got it" as in "I understand" ("O...

on: F word

"Motherfucker," general-purpose noun for something you're in...

on: Punctuation

Jared, this is a style thing. I was originally taught that ...

on: Acronyms That Are Plural

As far as I know, the previously posted rule is true of all ...

on: No Woman No Cry

What you need, sumi, is an explanation by a native Jamaican ...

on: Acronyms That Are Plural

For acronyms, the rule is to use s without the apostrophe fo...

on: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.

Hmm. Well, I am a drastic surgeon where I think it preserve...

on: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.

I said, "...with a proper noun subject (He) and verb predica...

on: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.

Lisa, thanks for the kudos. Appreciate it. I'd like to a...

on: P & K

Goossun, I could not answer the question about silent P any ...

on: Where are the commas?

I'm still brushing ashes out of my hair after the last time ...

on: He is lost, unlike me, who knows exactly where I’m going.

Try this on: "He is lost, but I know exactly where I'm go...

on: A Jew and Jews

I think in my family we'd make up something like "Jewish-y" ...

on: 00′s

Dammit :) You can always tell it's me typing when I switch t...

on: 00′s

Becuase we were too busy answering the question to engage in...

on: Chink

R Helms, I'm going to wild guess that you are in your late f...

on: Am I L-deaf?

My dad pronounces it very slightly (his first language is no...

on: Para

Yeah. Found this... http://www.eu25.org/html/events/athi...

on: Para

Sweetie, you're reading postmodernists again, aren't you. (s...

on: Discrepancy

Could use a preview mode on this thing.... "...intervenin...

on: Discrepancy

Or, alternatively (continuing with what Rich has posted), "t...

on: “me too”

In the cases above cited, I would say, "I do, too." Of co...

on: Two Weeks Notice

Oh, and Joachim is perfectly correct. This is a spelling ru...

on: Two Weeks Notice

Fernando, my hourly rate for freelance work is fifty dollars...

on: Where are the commas?

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

on: Chink

Older people = more literate people with wider vocabularies....

on: Where are the commas?

My opinion on this amounts to an unreasonable and dogmatic b...

on: Pronouns

Goossun... Yes, that's possible. I tend to lean more toward...

on: ta-ta & ho-ho

I'll see if I can rent a copy this weekend. Now I've just G...

on: Smileys and other emoticons within parentheses

That's a great question. If I know for certain that the p...

on: ta-ta & ho-ho

*absolutely stumped*...

on: Multi-disciplinary

AC, I always thought "bastardized" was identical in meaning ...

on: Pronouns

Alec, that rule you mentioned was considered correct up unti...

on: Either Is or Am

"Firm's" is correct. Look on the home page, Susie, for ...

on: Multi-disciplinary

It means that the artist deserves to be disciplined at least...

on: Either Is or Am

I thought of recasting the statement with "neither:" "Nei...

on: ir

Oh, AC, that's passe... the "one word" necesary has now been...

on: ‘A while’ vs. ‘awhile’

According to my spot research, I notice that yes, both are p...

on: Colon and Semi Colon

Sam, you are oversimplifying....

on: Oral vs. Aural

Karen, I'm from Texas. But you just excellently described w...

on: Is “much” plural?

Yes, that's right. "Much" takes the singular verb. Compare...

on: Pronouns

While I'm off the subject... It's apparently NOT inapprop...

on: Pronouns

Dyske said: "I wish that the government would step in and of...

on: Pronouns

It probably goes without saying that if an individual's sex ...

on: Pronouns

I haven't ever had a problem avoiding the use of "he" and "s...

on: Isn’t it odd?

"There must be a measure." There is; the measure is wheth...

on: Isn’t it odd?

Oh, God, Derrida. That man is completely incomprehensible i...

on: Be-martyred

Boy, I am doing badly on this, aren't I. "Beheaded" is an...

on: ir

mpt, you must tell us what you think the correct English wor...

on: Will-Call

To the best of my knowledge and belief, the phrase comes fro...

on: Oral vs. Aural

I somewhat self-consciously pronounce "oral" with a sound th...

on: Be-martyred

I'm not making myself clear. What I mean is that in modern ...

on: Be-martyred

Yes, that's right... "benighted," "besieged," "bewitched," a...

on: Be-martyred

Goossun, "martyred" is sufficient in this case. The use o...

on: G-string

From http://www.takeourword.com/TOW131/page2.html we have th...

on: ir

It's not strictly "correct," but I LOVE IT. KEEP IT. OR I ...

on: Isn’t it odd?

goossun: You made the word according to known English rul...

on: English schools

yes, I am a monolingual idiot and it's surprising I ever lea...

on: Gerontophile?

It's not found in most dictionaries, but based on the known ...

on: 10 Head of Cattle

Actually it has everything to do with synecdoche--it's one o...

on: What does this mean?: “IF only she were mine”

Nope, goossun... you explained it better than most native En...

on: English schools

Wow, this IS interesting. I found this site: http://www....

on: 10 Head of Cattle

It's called a "synecdoche," which rhymes (sort of) with "Sch...

on: English schools

This is not easy! http://www.berlitz.us/default.htm?lcid...

on: English schools

An English school in NYC, and I'm in Texas, a thousand miles...

on: Following the Joe

"ward" should, of course, be "word" in the previous post. ...

on: Following the Joe

Oh, this is a good one. :) "Jack" is a diminutive of the ...

on: Identical

Joe, you're goddamn brilliant. "Your problem is one of synt...

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