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Re: Texted  •  March 5, 2009, 1:03pm  •  12 votes

What is the difference in pronunciation between "text-ed" and "texted"?

Re: Sleep / Asleep  •  March 3, 2009, 2:15pm  •  2 votes

Etymologically, the "a-" in "asleep" comes from "on". The OED hints that this is also the source of the prefix in "a-fishing" and "a-hunting".

Re: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and BBC News  •  February 8, 2009, 8:50pm  •  0 vote

Porsche, I'm not sure if Sri Lanka is Sanskrit for "beautiful land". It means "beautiful Lanka". "Lanka" is not listed as meaning "land" or "island" in Apte, McDonnell, Cappeller's or Cologne. It mean

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  January 13, 2009, 8:40pm  •  1 vote

Porsche, I know that the "nucular" pronunciation is disapproved of by many people. But I wanted to know how it could be "more than a bit frightening". How is a variant pronunciation frightening?

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  January 11, 2009, 8:33pm  •  1 vote

According to Merriam-Webster, the nucular pronunciation is in "widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, United States cabinet members, and at leas

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  October 23, 2008, 10:14am  •  3 votes

The OED has a citation for "forums" from 1647, and no citations at all for "fora". I'm guessing that "fora" is a much later innovation based on someone's love of Latin.

Re: I’ve got a punctuation Jones  •  March 31, 2008, 1:08pm  •  0 vote

The Oxford Companion to the English Language page 75: the apostrophe of plurality continues in at least five areas: [...] (4) In family names, especially if they end in -s, as in keeping up with

Re: Younger vs. youngest  •  January 3, 2008, 8:12am  •  0 vote

Amazed might be interested to know that the superlative of two has been used since at least the 17th century, and has been used by writers such as Fielding, Austen, Fowler (!), Hemmingway, and Boswell

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  June 6, 2007, 10:07am  •  6 votes

I don't see how your job is relevant to how a certain word is spelled. Dictionaries report on the common spellings of words. What other authority do we have, besides the usage of the English-speaking

Re: Me Versus I  •  June 5, 2007, 5:51pm  •  0 vote

Meg, Perhaps you should look at the "This is she" vs. "This is her" post.

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  May 7, 2007, 1:32pm  •  17 votes

For what it's worth, the current edition -- the Fourth -- of the American Heritage College Dictionary describes the current accepted spellings of the word. If you're saying this dictionary is wrong, I

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  February 21, 2007, 7:52am  •  0 vote

And the words "chum", "hum", "sum" and "um" should henceforth be pluralized "cha", "ha", "sa" and "a". And since "apparatus" is a Latin fourth declension noun, it should be pluralized accordingly: "ap

Re: Only then can we know  •  December 30, 2006, 1:29pm  •  0 vote

Yes they are grammatical. And no, they're not passive.

Re: Impact as a noun  •  December 28, 2006, 12:06am  •  0 vote

The world did not impact upon me until I got to the Post Office and picked up my mail - Christopher Morley, The Man Who Made Friends with Himself, 1949

Re: Exact same  •  December 27, 2006, 4:34pm  •  0 vote

I think Porsche is probably right. And fusthustler is wrong: tautology has nothing to do with grammaticality.

Re: injecting swear words  •  December 27, 2006, 10:48am  •  0 vote

I think "a whole nother story" is tmesis. My favourite example is Luke's "but that's a whole nother year!" in Star Wars.

Re: If or not  •  December 23, 2006, 1:36pm  •  0 vote

From Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionar of English Usage: "...will you go and see it and tell me whether they murder it or not" - GB Shaw, letter, 28 Nov 1895 "...never knew whether or not to i

Re: I versus Me  •  December 19, 2006, 1:42pm  •  0 vote

No, I don't think that we would "all do what we want" without explicit rules. Society exerts norms on grammar. Most languages have no writing systems or prescriptivists, and yet the speakers understan

Re: Exact same  •  December 18, 2006, 11:25am  •  2 votes

It's possible that it is an adverb in this context. Not all adverbs end in "ly" - for instance "fast", "slow", "flat" are adverbs.

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  November 13, 2006, 5:23pm  •  0 vote

OK, my examples from Marlowe and Fletcher are usages that Kyle would say are correct, so they are irrelevant here. Kyle, your definition of "grammatically correct" is ignoring the facts. And what i

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  November 13, 2006, 3:57pm  •  3 votes

Kyle, The prescription that nominative pronouns must be used after the copula began in the 18th century. As far as I can tell, it was based on an analogy with Latin or a misguided concern about "logi

Re: Amount of people  •  October 20, 2006, 12:07pm  •  0 vote

I didn't say that "water" and "sand" are countable nouns. They are uncountable nouns, also called mass nouns.

Re: Amount of people  •  September 21, 2006, 3:52pm  •  0 vote

It's not a problem of being unable to distinguish between countable and uncountable. I find it hard to believe that people don't know the difference between countable and uncountable nouns. Otherwise

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  September 9, 2006, 12:27am  •  11 votes

Then why do I never say "That's I"? When am I supposed to use the subject case pronouns after "be" and when am I supposed to use the object case? The "rule" is impossible to follow.

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  August 25, 2006, 1:46pm  •  16 votes

If we follow the prescription that we must use nominative (or subject) case after "be", we get ridiculous things like this: "Here's a photo of my old hockey team." "Which one of these players

Re: Me vs. I  •  August 22, 2006, 1:52pm  •  0 vote

"What I did say is that being understandable does not make something grammatical, which I think you agree with." I do agree with that!

Re: Me vs. I  •  August 21, 2006, 3:08pm  •  0 vote

"Since when is understandability a criterion for proper grammer?" It's a very important criterion for grammar. Otherwise what is the point of grammar?

Re: Me vs. I  •  August 21, 2006, 3:05pm  •  0 vote

1a "Me arrived safely." 1b "Alice, Tom and me arrived safely." 2a "Please contact I" 2b "Please contact Karen or I." 1b and 2b are more acceptable than 1a and 2a. By "acceptable" I mean they d

Re: Me vs. I  •  August 18, 2006, 5:21pm  •  0 vote

OK, how about this: Our contingent to the convention, Alice, Tom and me, arrived safely. Please contact Karen or I. These are acceptable. People say them and understand them. There is no confus

Re: Me vs. I  •  August 4, 2006, 11:49am  •  0 vote

either one.

Re: Me vs. I  •  July 31, 2006, 9:59am  •  0 vote

They have provided no evidence of contacting I. This is definitely ungrammatical. However They have provided no evidence of contacting either Joseph or I. is better. and They have provided

Re: as best he can  •  July 25, 2006, 10:33am  •  0 vote

"It seems to me that they really intend to suggest that the reorter will do the best they can" but... you've just used exactly the same phrase that you're complaining about. I don't see what the pr

Re: pronunciation of th  •  July 25, 2006, 10:28am  •  0 vote

Adam O: "And it's also found in Arabic, Persian, Hindustani (in the form of an unaspirated /t/)" There is no dental fricative in Hindustani. There are aspirated and unaspirated dental stops, but no

Re: The Toronto Maple Leafs  •  July 25, 2006, 9:31am  •  4 votes

er, ok, anyway... "Maple Leafs" is an exocentric compound like "low life", "highbrow", "sabre tooth" or "white collar", where the meaning is not transparently clear from the words in the compound. A

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  July 24, 2006, 7:14pm  •  6 votes

Scott, why are you using Latin as an example? Lots of people say "this is her". Some people (altho not in my part of the world) say "this is she". They are both acceptable I think these question

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