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Re: All negations don’t sound right to me.  •  April 25, 2008, 10:29am  •  0 vote

Sorry UIP, but you're quite wrong. In formal logic, "all X are not Y" does not in fact mean "no X are Y" -- rather, it means "not all X are Y.

Re: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?  •  April 17, 2008, 12:02pm  •  0 vote

Jeez, Patricia ~ what is it your love-making that leads you to PITE afterward? Too muh verbalization? Or not enough? ;->

Re: Big, red bull vs red, big bull  •  April 17, 2008, 12:01pm  •  0 vote

I want to know why no one called Whitney on her so-called "rule"....

Re: OK vs Okay  •  April 17, 2008, 11:39am  •  1 vote

Still, Bill, plausibility does not always equal correctness.

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 25, 2008, 12:49pm  •  2 votes

Actually, John, Abby Normal's analogy with speed limit rules is right on target. You failure to see the clarity of the analogy goes directly to her opening suggestion: as you take the stance of a ling

Re: Capitalizing After the Colon  •  February 14, 2008, 10:57am  •  1 vote

with respect to Voltaire ~ because, after all, how can one NOT respect Voltaire? ~ I agree with Ryan on this, and Abigail. Thanks to you both in seeing it and expressing it simply and clearly.

Re: How should I...? vs. How would I...?  •  January 11, 2008, 2:46pm  •  0 vote

... and then there is this usage of "should"-- "What would you say should I decide to arrive earlier than planned?"

Re: When to use verbs with an s or without  •  January 11, 2008, 2:34pm  •  0 vote

That was awfully cavalier of you, Emily!

Re: Younger vs. youngest  •  January 4, 2008, 2:39pm  •  0 vote

Yes, still a purist. Sorry.

Re: Idea Vs. Ideal  •  December 27, 2007, 2:57pm  •  3 votes

I'm always amused ~ and amazed ~ by how many people posting declarations of "fact" on this website use appallingly bad grammar, spelling and punctuation in their posts!

Re: Charade you are!!  •  December 27, 2007, 2:47pm  •  2 votes

Okay, but I'd like to go back and defend Tork ~ "any of you guys has a handle on this thing" simply treats "any of" as standing for "any one of", making "has" the correct verb. It was off topic,

Re: Younger vs. youngest  •  December 27, 2007, 12:52pm  •  2 votes

Well, beans to Jonah and the Columbia Guide to Standard American English! I'm a purist and I stand behind both Cheri and Delia!

Re: Actress instead of Actor  •  October 24, 2007, 2:58pm  •  5 votes

"Manageress"? Never heard that one. But "waiter/waitress" is one that haunts me. Is "waiter" good for a woman? Although I'm a through-and-through feminist, I stumble on that one. Does anyone re

Re: First Husband or First Gentleman?  •  October 23, 2007, 2:41pm  •  0 vote

Oh, now--I seriously doubt he was the FIRST philanderer in the White House!

Re: First Husband or First Gentleman?  •  October 4, 2007, 2:24pm  •  0 vote

The husband of the governor of Michigan is kown as the First Gentleman. And yes, while he will still be known as President Clinton in certain circumstances, when named IN HIS ROLE AS Presidential spo

Re: First Generation vs. Second Generation  •  August 9, 2007, 2:18pm  •  2 votes

Porsche--I doubt you will see this because this entire thread is nearly a year old, but I had to laugh out loud at your staement that the question being debated here was "answered categorically and in

Re: Is it A or An?  •  August 9, 2007, 1:52pm  •  0 vote

jun-dai-- "anyways"??? Talk about incorrect and/or inappropriate!

Re: Is it A or An?  •  August 9, 2007, 1:50pm  •  0 vote

Just a small explanation to Silvana--the use of "em" as a word in Scrable is neither lame nor pathetic. Both "em" and "en" are words used extensively in design and layout with reference to the size of

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  July 26, 2007, 11:51am  •  2 votes

they beat it out of them in journalism school. same with broadcasting school. announcers are supposed to sound "generic", which one could also call boring or even robotic. but that might be a characte

Re: double negatives  •  July 26, 2007, 11:38am  •  0 vote

Yes, you're being pedantic. And repeating the word "wasn't" has nothing to do with it.

Re: the spinning around machine  •  July 26, 2007, 11:36am  •  0 vote

How about simply hyphenating the compound modifier: "the spinning-around machine"? It's fairly basic grammar and allows you to retain the flavor of the words you want to use while clearing up any co

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  June 22, 2007, 12:57pm  •  0 vote

Okay, now I'm totally baffled. I've been amused until now with how very distressed and even holier-than-thou people can be about mere regionalistic pronunciations! But this new "Merry Mary Married Hai

Re: I seek a word that means “more than daily.”  •  June 6, 2007, 11:45am  •  0 vote

How about dailish?

Re: Over exaggeration  •  May 3, 2007, 2:55pm  •  0 vote

of course you can underexaggerate--I imagine it happening the morning after a less-then-enthralling sexual experience while a young lady is regaling her best friend with the tale of her unimpressive c

Re: A couple...  •  May 2, 2007, 2:51pm  •  0 vote

Well then, I stand corrected! and remain... amazed.

Re: all _____ sudden  •  April 26, 2007, 2:01pm  •  0 vote

Here's another one that drive me nuts: "a couple... " in lieu of "a couple of...". "A couple drinks", or whatever. While I find the question of "all of a sudden" vs "all of the" merely interesting, wi