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Re: “deal to”  •  March 28, 2013, 1:33pm  •  0 vote

Sixteen hits on Google hardly bespeaks a well established usage. I got 34 hits for "ztghxp", which is just a random string of letters I made up. Google indexes people's grammatical mistakes and typ

Re: “no end” and “to no end”  •  March 28, 2013, 1:24pm  •  3 votes

It does not follow from the fact that some blogger ( a self-appointed crusader against prescriptivism, no less! Be still my beating heart!) and a small minority of his correspondents are ignorant abou

Re: Pronouncing “mandatory”  •  July 8, 2012, 2:32pm  •  1 vote

“Mandaytory” is not in the least pretentious, it is merely wrong. Presumably the error arises when people guess at the pronunciation by extrapolating from that of "mandate" (a homosexual assignation).

Re: watch much stuff?  •  June 14, 2012, 3:49pm  •  0 vote

“Benjymyn ....... Could that work as good? /non-native English speaker” So it seems.

Re: watch much stuff?  •  April 18, 2012, 8:02pm  •  1 vote

I do not see any problem with the grammar, but using "stuff" in this sense (I am guessing it means television programs, or something like that) is both vague and slangy. Perhaps it is that which is ma

Re: ye, yer, yers  •  December 24, 2011, 1:22pm  •  1 vote

"Ye" is not the plural of "you", it is the plural of "thou". Of course, "ye" (except in Ireland, so I am told) and "thou" are both obsolete in most English dialects, and have both been replaced by "yo

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  July 8, 2010, 10:01pm  •  1 vote

I guess awkwardness is a subjective matter, but why on Earth would you prefer to say “This is my friend Jane. She and I traveled to Kansas together,” rather than “This is my friend Jane. We traveled t

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  July 4, 2010, 7:09am  •  1 vote

Darn, I forgot to close the italics tag after "almost." :(

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  July 4, 2010, 7:08am  •  1 vote

Porsche: I did not say, and did not knowingly imply, that "she and I" is incorrect, and I agree that there are some contexts where it is preferable to "we." I said, after all, that it is 'almost al

Re: Oh it’s... “Free”?  •  July 4, 2010, 6:09am  •  2 votes

There is a popular blog entirely devoted to this issue.

Re: Why “behead” and not “dehead” or “unhead”?  •  June 24, 2010, 2:30am  •  2 votes

Are there any other examples, besides "behead," of the be- prefix with a privative meaning? I can't think of one. If not, I do not think the question has really been answered (or, rather, the a

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  June 24, 2010, 12:15am  •  8 votes

If there are any certainties in English grammar, the fact that "her" cannot be used in the subject position of a sentence is among them. Your administrator was entirely correct. You were wrong. If

Re: I didn’t sleep last night AND the night before  •  February 21, 2009, 12:46pm  •  1 vote

Jon is correct. Andrew is making an error (or, at least, an implausible assumption) about the scope of the operators "and" and "or" (i.e., about the bits of the sentence they are supposed to be conjoi