dave

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Is anyone else alarmed by the linguistic nonsense spouted by...

This construction is puzzling me...

I wrote the following in a book review: “How about a return ...

American versus British question

A sentence such as, “The Liverpool Philharmonic Orches...

Film titles

I’m wondering if there is a general rule for capitalizing pr...

Recent Comments

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

I'd go with A and D. A is a bit more formal. D is a bit more...

on: If ... were/was

Didn't know about the BNC. thanks for the resource! I sho...

on: If ... were/was

I didn't mean to suggest "was" was not British English. I he...

on: If ... were/was

To my knowledge, it's a North American/British English disti...

on: Five eggs is too many

You're all wrong. The correct answer is "Five eggs is perfec...

on: “my bad”

It's clearly a noun, as in the phrase "My bad."...

on: Same difference

Warsaw Will speaks sense. Idioms just generally don't have t...

on: Anyways

What Warsaw Will said. It's only used in North American Engl...

on: Hey

The "H" sound at the beginning of a word is a natural way to...

on: Titled vs. Entitled

Both meanings of "entitled" are established. In my experienc...

on: Referent of “one”

That's generally true, but a noun isn't always just one word...

on: I’ve no idea

None of the examples you've given is wrong. You're probably ...

on: Nother

Hairy Scot, can you provide some objective reason why "nothe...

on: How to use floccinaucinihilipilification

I remember that show. The host was Paul something....

on: How to use floccinaucinihilipilification

You did fine just now....

on: Nother

Hear, hear, Sandy....

on: Nother

Language is changing, not "devolving," just as it always has...

on: Negative connotation of “notoriety”

I'm not aware of a shift in meaning. I think those instances...

on: eg, e.g., or eg.

Either is fine: "eg" or "e.g." Periods in abbreviations that...

on: “for long”

Very curious. I see what you mean. I was about to say it's n...

on: Texted

I work for a media organization that has recently been discu...

on: “it” after the word “known”

Personally, I would go for "I wouldn't ever have known." ...

on:

My reader still can't find a feed!...

on: Orally Aural. Oh Really?

It depends who you're talking to. In my experience, British ...

on: nowadays business?

Yes, "nowadays business" would be both clumsy sounding and u...

on: Don’t mind if I do

In my experience, I DON'T MIND IF I DO is as frequent as the...

on: Impose someone to do something

Now you have supplied the whole sentence, it is much clearer...

on: Don’t mind if I do

The subject being omitted is I: I DON'T MIND IF I DO....

on: Impose someone to do something

Either THE SUPPLIERS FORCED US TO ACCEPT A PRICE INCREASE or...

on: Merchandises as a word

MERCHANDISE is the correct word....

on: Punctuation of Ltd.

I agree with Nicholas. <Joe Jones Ltd sent a box of apple...

on: Ass

Words only ever get their meaning from how they are used, so...

on: Feeling concern

"To feel concern" is fine. To use your same analogical line ...

on: Word for unconscious vital process?

Didn't see amo's response before I wrote mine, but that answ...

on: Word for unconscious vital process?

The nearest thing I can think of is "tacit knowledge", which...

on: I wonder why?

In form it is a statement, but in function it is a question....

on: Paraphrase

Paraphrase generally refers to expressing something in diffe...

on: Using [sic]

Put the SIC in! In another context, it might come off as pre...

on: Actress instead of Actor

ACTOR for ACTRESS has been creeping into standard usage for ...

on: Books of the Bible - underlined?

Names of books of the Bible are almost invariably rendered j...

on: Transcendence

As dyske said, transcendence is commonly used of rising abov...

on: Hi all vs. Hi everybody

"Dear all" is quite common in my experience as a greeting on...

on: Fora vs Forums

Since hardly anyone actually uses "fora" as the plural of "f...

on: Live or Living

The sentence I AM LIVING IN X on its own would to me suggest...

on: Plural form of anonymous

Jon is right: 'Anonymous' is an adjective, not a noun. If in...

on: all _____ sudden

"All of a sudden" is worldwide, where "all of the sudden" is...

on: Capitalization...?

I'm sure we've discussed this before. If a word is a preposi...

on: Am I Missing Something?

A comma separating FROM and INITIAL would make it read bette...

on: Punctuation of noun that might also be part of a title

It all depends whether you want PRESERVE to be taken as a pr...

on: Questions for native speakers

The definitions of look, see and watch given are potentially...

on: Questions for native speakers

1. I assume MINUTE is a typing error that should be MINUTES....

on: possession with an entity which uses parenthesis

Yeah, you're spot on about the ambiguity of my rendering. "O...

on: you all

"Hey, everyone," would be common. Whether the singular-plura...

on: possession with an entity which uses parenthesis

Ugh. It's a tricky one, but I can certainly rule out the ...

on: Plural of name ending in Y

Add -s or -es....

on: Life Savers 5 Flavor

:This old discussion is relevant, since it basically : addr...

on: Life Savers 5 Flavor

There's a big gap like there's supposed to be something ther...

on: Life Savers 5 Flavor

First link where...? I think I missed something. :)...

on: Life Savers 5 Flavor

I haven't seen the packet, but presumably "5 flavor" (should...

on: some troubles with passsives

Actually, a pedant would insist on A as the "correct" render...

on: Login into or log in to

Yeah, both sound clumsy. A better rendering would be, "I ...

on: The Nanny

A nanny is a childcare professional whose is qualified and p...

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

1 and 3 are fine. 2 is likely to raise a smile, since it is ...

on: you all

By the way, in my experience YOU ALL is universal -- in fact...

on: you all

The southernism is YA'LL (which spelling is the one usually ...

on: Sunday best

Yes, it is still frequently heard, although it is often used...

on: Indian English: “reach”

"The Indian usage is just poor English." No, not poor Eng...

on: Indian English: “reach”

My guess is it is a feature of Indian English. It's certainl...

on: Worst Case or Worse Case

It's not laziness at all, just a fact of speech. No one, inc...

on: Worst Case or Worse Case

The phrase is "worst-case scenario". The missing "t" is just...

on: 30 minutes parking?

In the examples you just gave, "weeks" and "hours" were func...

on: [sic]

Not necessarily an error, either -- could be something that ...

on: 30 minutes parking?

It is quite frequent. Offhand, the general rule appears to b...

on: [sic]

You may be writing about someone whose name has an unusual s...

on: [sic]

It should be noted that it doesn't ALWAYS have to be used in...

on: [sic]

I can't remember the literal Latin meaning offhand, but it i...

on: Fair Enough

The latter. "Good enough" is about quality; "Fair enough"...

on: The way the English talk. Bothering details

When I was living in Canada, I seem to remember the broadcas...

on: Films

Haven't seen Family Plot for ages, but if my memory serves m...