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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: 114

Joe, it's the United States standard phone number you dial t...

on: The Reality

Try this thread: http://www.painintheenglish.com/post.asp?id...

on: Who’s this Joe?

Right the first time. It means "the average person." Y...

on: 114

It's American slang, but I think it started with the generat...

on: 114

Just by contrast, some cases in which you MIGHT hear "four e...

on: 114

Since it's a telephone number, you say it by "spelling out" ...

on: S

Goossun, that's fairly common. Hungarian does it so oft...

on: Term

I think the word "single" is most frequently used in scholar...

on: S

Also interesting: We always say "a U-turn." U is a vowel, b...

on: S

Kiseun, that's too simplistic... Here at work we have a t...

on: Stress pattern in the word ‘totalitarian’

Reconceptualization? Perhaps... although I prnounce it as a...

on: Stress pattern in the word ‘totalitarian’

http://www.univ-pau.fr/ANGLAIS/phon2/ProjetPhon2/PB/Stressan...

on: Stress pattern in the word ‘totalitarian’

I can't think what three syllables you are major stressing. ...

on: The Reality

Remember when writers used to capitalize the names of abstra...

on: Is it A or An?

MS, in Australia you don't pronounce the initial H in hotel ...

on: Letter A

OK, it's exactly the same problem as whether you refer to "m...

on: a shit

My two cents worth: There are at least two forms of the w...

on: The Old IS or ARE

besides, Ali forgot to place the comma after "dipshit."...

on: War in/on/with Iraq

it's "the war against iraq," for crissakes....

on: A Jew and Jews

OK, I happen to be a Jew and an atheist. That makes me a Je...

on: Either Is or Am

My vote's mainly with carrie and Pigpen. Here we have a cons...

on: Who reads thrillers?

MS: No need to be redundant ;)...

on: Sheep, Fish, and Cattle

Teresa is always right :)...

on: Friends

Yeah, you're right. Sounds better that way. "Let's you and ...

on: Advanced vs. Advance

In the case of the Game Boy, I have to put in my two cents w...

on: 00′s

'80s is correct. You don't write 80's because the 's is not...

on: There is no such a thing as...

hey Tensor! a fan says hello... You CAN say, "there isn'...

on: More than a pain in the English!

Yeah, I saw that website too, Z. AFTER I tried my best t...

on: -

I gave up proofreading when I stopped getting paid for it......

on: -

There are three types of "line thingies" you can use for var...

on: “...”

OK, so much for the goody-two-shoes rules.... Online, it's e...

on: “...”

It's called an "ellipsis" (plural: "ellipses"), and it's use...

on: Identical

OK, disregard all that as I did not really answer the questi...

on: Identical

OK, back. Relevant examples: Was: "...the vertical dis...

on: Identical

Feelings, wo, wo wo, Feelings.... Compare: "The plots ...

on: Pet Peeves

Most dictionaries define "peeve" as an "annoyance." "Pet" w...

on: Question about these things: { }

Hmmm. I think "wavy brackets" is the Southern U.S. vernacula...

on: Was it like that or Were you just joking?

Same in what sense? Are we ever exactly the same from one mo...

on: A lot of water

Don't forget that the construction "There is too much water ...

on: Past / Present

Blend, if we could so easily refer to "any grammar reference...

on: Was it like that or Were you just joking?

Borderline shmorderline... :) This is a perfectly straighfor...

on: Have/halve

Blend is correct in that pronunciation varies from country t...

on: Have/halve

it would if there WAS an "L" sound in "halving," which there...

on:

There was another British actor names Arthur Askey....

on: More than a pain in the English!

Then there's this I just found: http://rec-puzzles.org/new/s...

on: More than a pain in the English!

lessee.... the ones that spring right out at me are aphorism...

on: Colon and Semi Colon

Why does it do that??!?! The information given above as "co...

on: Colon and Semi Colon

I can't improve upon the clear advice given here: http://www...

on: Any reference?

A quick/general reference on pronunciation is here: http://w...

on: Thread or threads?

The singular form (ex. "thread") is generally preferred but ...

on: Have/halve

Longer in duration, I think the previous poster meant. I ha...

on: un/ir

...blows up laughing at the mere thought of anyone trying to...

on: Weird name

Remembered this question last night as I was reading the sci...

on: Weird name

I know of two definitions for the word. Maybe one will ring...

on: Pronounciation of TH+S

I've never heard anything but the ess sound rather than the ...

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

blech. "decisive." Darn it, I win spelling bees all over t...

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

jenga, try: "coup de grace" and "et al" or "et al." (wi...

on: Gerund and Present Participle

"Of," not "if."...

on: Gerund and Present Participle

Well, the gerund is a noun made out of the present participl...

on: Writer or Author

Guriko, here's how my ear and experience lead me to answer: ...

on: Plural usage

Sarah, I assume your document contrasts "releasee," the ...

on: List Punctuation

Adam, thanks; don't know HOW I missed that one. Digihippy...

on: Is it A or An?

He's simply hung up on the spelling. Fix your customer's cog...

on: “Proper” Diction?

And what would be wrong with "My watch is slow?"...

on: Bathroom

Upon further reflection, I realized that the real question b...

on: People(s)

Not that the Chinese were notable pyramid builders or anythi...

on: People(s)

I hope I'm understanding your question properly. After ex...

on: Double/Single Quotation Marks

Overlooked something.... The use of "security" above is a...

on: Is it A or An?

Jesus, are you kidding? I thought that pronuciation went out...

on: Double/Single Quotation Marks

Use single and/or double quotes when (in descending order of...

on: Sister Company

Capitalism originated in the Renaissance. The very first co...

on: Email

"email" is French for "enamel." Use "e-mail."...

on: Friends

"Let's be friends" is a quite proper shortening of "Let's yo...

on: “Proper” Diction?

The Chicago Manual of Style, while quirky in spots, is the r...

on: Bathroom

You're right to catch this. Contrast: Man/lady man's/la...

on: Already or all ready?

Contrast: Are we there already? Are the kids all ready...

on: Ann Brashares

The cat's doing what's called "milk treading." Kittens do i...

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