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on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Neither "idiolect" nor "counterfactual" are neologisms. They...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

My idiolect doesn't make any difference in meaning between ...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

Brus, you cannot assistance something because "assistance" i...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

As AnWulf has said and everyone seems to have ignored, "that...

on: Oblige to mean “force”

"You must look at the root of the word." That's the etymo...

on: Oblige to mean “force”

AnWulf, replacing one word with a completely different word ...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

Americans? Shakespeare couldn't get who/whom straight. Al...

on: Really happy or real happy

MDWEU on "real" as an adverb: http://books.google.com/books?...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

From Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage: This ...

on: “for long”

There is a set of words that is usually only used in questio...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

Hannah, I see your point. However, that is not the rule. Th...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

I agree, the use of a word is not determined by the person w...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

A gerund (or "ing" form if you prefer) doesn't take the synt...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

David Teague: You're right that just because something was u...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

My car proves that I am a fast driver. *Me car proves that...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

@scyllacat I think you're missing my point. The usual argume...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, ...

on: Stood down

It's in the OED, with citations from The Daily Telegraph and...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

First of all: I made a mistake in my earlier post. "Have got...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

Jim, of course "have" and "got" belong next to each other. "...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

"redundant" does not mean "incorrect". Merriam-Webster's...

on: to-day, to-night

The OED has the spelling "to-day" up to 1912. But it was als...

on: Use of “Referenced”

The first citation in the OED is 1957....

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

"gift" has been a verb since at least the 1600s. Which means...

on: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?

Er, of course the L in "walk" and "talk" is silent. Who pron...

on: Correct preposition following different?

http://motivatedgrammar.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/different-t...

on: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”

I meant "voiceless", not "voiced". The raising occurs before...

on: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”

porsche, I think canconned's point is the same as mine: Cana...

on: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?

james, you're assuming that spelling determines pronunciatio...

on: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?

Y is not silent in "yclept" or "coccyx"....

on: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”

It's called Canadian raising, where the diphthong /aw/ is ra...

on: all _____ sudden

I'm sorry to inform Patricia that the English languages has ...

on: “Anglish”

"But then, what’s so bad with proposing a little change?, af...

on: He and I, me and him

I don't think there is a proper order. I've heard some peopl...

on: “Anglish”

Actually "wrong" was borrowed from Old Norse. I don't thi...

on: “she” vs “her”

http://www.stanford.edu/~zwicky/Grano.finalthesis.pdf...

on: spay, not spade

"spade" is an obsolete form of "spay" according to the OED. ...

on: “Zen” as an Adjective

It's listed as an adjective in the OED....

on: Fora vs Forums

Dave Johnson: It's the "the true scholars of English, the wr...

on: A piece of irony

One of the entries in the OED for "ignorant" is "5. dial. an...

on: why does english have capital letters?

I'm not convinced that the reason English has capital letter...

on: mines

According to the OED, it's "regional (chiefly Scottish)"....

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

I'd be wary of trusting Elements of Style. The books written...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

“Lay” has been used intransitively to mean “lie” since 1300....

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"Lay" has been used intransitively to mean "lie" since 1300....

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

I looked up "gay" in the OED. Here is a selection of meaning...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Yes the Biblical quote is a translation, but that's not real...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Well here are some citations to demonstrate how old the "ang...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"Yes, but the rage that accompanies madness." The entry i...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Then I'm not sure what your point is. As for "mad"... there ...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"irritate vs aggravate, uninterested vs disinterested, and f...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"Beat" has two forms for the past participle: "beat" and "be...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Yes, "this is she" is standard, and "this is her" is also st...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Marilyn Rowan: "Why must a triangle be a figure three sides...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

The OED has, under "go": 44. To pass into a certain condi...

on: “Verbiage” used instead of wordiness or excessively long writing

There is no misuse of "verbiage" here. The word has been use...

on: me vs. myself

I agree with Merriam-Webster’s “Dictionary of English Usage:...

on: Twenty-ten vs Two thousand-ten

Are we going to run out of syllables if we don't start savin...

on: all _____ sudden

Sorry Pat, you're 400 years too late to save English. The OE...

on: Fora vs Forums

Douglas wrote "In ‘The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguis...

on: Fora vs Forums

"I agree with you 100%, as shown in my previous posts." E...

on: Fora vs Forums

Douglas wrote: “The etymological fallacy holds, erroneously...

on: Loose = Lose?

It's much older than the past year. 1598 SHAKES. Merry W....

on: Fora vs Forums

"I am forgetting why we are arguing about “stamina”. It seem...

on: Fora vs Forums

Douglas wrote: "I’m not sure why these are even mentioned. ...

on: Fora vs Forums

"I would say that treating those words as singular would be ...

on: Fora vs Forums

"Cactus" is of Greek origin, but it was borrowed into Englis...

on: Why have media changed our words?

Oh yes, it's Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage t...

on: Why have media changed our words?

1662 FULLER Worthies (1840) I. 276 He efforted his spirits w...

on: Why have media changed our words?

Wait, I got that backwards. Ron isn't complaining about "ple...

on: Why have media changed our words?

"pled" is a standard past tense form of "plead"; it's been a...

on: obstinacy vs. obstinancy

I guess I wasn't clear enough. Easily confused or misused wo...

on: obstinacy vs. obstinancy

Douglas, the examples you give are spelling errors, not exam...

on: obstinacy vs. obstinancy

You haven't really demonstrated that using "obstinancy" will...

on: obstinacy vs. obstinancy

You might be right that some people don't like the word, but...

on: obstinacy vs. obstinancy

douglas, I've provided evidence that "obstinancy" is a word....

on: obstinacy vs. obstinancy

Of course "obstinancy" is a word. Dickens used it, and it ha...

on: Texted

Texted everything is changing from kindle to none use while ...

on: Plural of “insurance”?

French is not a Germanic language that crossbred with Latin....

on: Plural of “insurance”?

Peter: by that logic, English doesn't belong to English spea...

on: Plural of “insurance”?

The OED has cites for "insurances" from the 1800s. There are...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

I agree that "I" is nominative and "me" is accusative. What ...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Again, you haven't provided any evidence that "it is me" is ...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Of course there are situations where the proper answer to "w...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"Language is a representation of thought. Poorly formed lan...

on: My mother wishes my child be like me.

Porsche, yes. But "be" after "wish" or "if" (where we'd use ...

on: My mother wishes my child be like me.

"like" used as a conjunction (that is, used to introduce a c...

on: My mother wishes my child be like me.

It sounds extremely archaic to me....

on: Infinitive without “to”

...except for "ought". Other auxiliaries are "can", "will", ...

on: Infinitive without “to”

This is the use of "need" as an auxiliary, like "ought" or "...

on: One of the most...

So you're saying that "one of the tallest" is ambiguous betw...

on: One of the most...

You still have not provided any evidence to support your ass...

on: One of the most...

How do we determine what the rules are? As with any other fi...

on: One of the most...

"comprehensibility is not remotely associated with assessing...

on: One of the most...

This issue isn't in MWDEU and I can't find any online gramma...

on: Why Don’t We Abolish Irregular Verbs and Nouns?

Some English verbs have become irregular when they didn't us...

on: as best he can

Dave, it's meaning is clear. According to MWDEU some usage c...

on: as best he can

This issue is discussed in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of E...

on: On Tomorrow

Let me revise: "on" is used with other expressions of time: ...

on: On Tomorrow

We are in God's hand, brother, not in theirs. March to the ...

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