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Re: Sift  •  February 25, 2012, 2:25pm  •  0 vote

If people make mistakes on the Internet, Google will find them.

Re: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?  •  February 3, 2012, 5:51pm  •  0 vote


Re: Semicolon and omission of repetitive words  •  November 11, 2011, 8:12pm  •  0 vote

I think you have things backwards. The semicolon should only be used to join what could otherwise stand alone as complete sentences. Thus you could write: “To err is human; to forgive is divine,”

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  November 11, 2011, 7:41pm  •  0 vote

I think there may be rare (very rare) occasions where a semicolon before a coordinating conjunction might be an appropriate stylistic choice, but the examples given most certainly do not constitute su

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  July 9, 2011, 4:01pm  •  0 vote

Well then, how do you pronounce "chants"? Personally, I pronounce it (and "aunt") with a long A, but I rather think there are those (Geordies, perhaps) who will pronounce "chants" with a short A, to r

Re: Use of “he” for your father  •  July 9, 2011, 3:56pm  •  5 votes

I am inclined to agree with you, but this is an issue of etiquette, not grammar (or anything linguistic really).

Re: “graduated high school” or “graduated from high school”?  •  June 17, 2011, 5:46pm  •  2 votes

I think "I graduated high school" is now so widely used as to have become correct idiomatic American English. It may depart from the usual grammatical rules, but English is full of idioms that do that

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  June 12, 2011, 5:06pm  •  0 vote

Pablo Diablo: 'the correct pronunciation of "aunt" is /ænt/ , which sounds like "slant" or "rant."' Huh?! "Slant" and "rant" have completely different vowel sounds: indeed, the very two vowel sound

Re: “It is what it is”  •  February 22, 2010, 9:02am  •  7 votes

"It is what it is" is not slang at all. It consists of perfectly good English words used in their regular senses.

Re: “and yet”  •  February 22, 2010, 8:39am  •  6 votes

"And yet" is idiomatic. "Yet" on its own (or with a semicolon), as a conjunction, is not incorrect, but it seems a little stilted to me.

Re: Current use of word “edgy” (December 2009)  •  February 6, 2010, 8:04am  •  0 vote

I think it does have the connotations of danger and nonconformity that you mention, but surely it is also related the expression "on the cutting edge," which implies both originality and being very up

Re: Capitalizing After the Colon  •  February 6, 2010, 7:57am  •  2 votes

According to this site, capitalization following a colon is conside

Re: Like a red herring, but unintentional.  •  February 6, 2010, 7:29am  •  0 vote

I am not convinced that red herring necessarily implies intention. It is hard to know exactly waht to suggest without knowing the exact nuance that you wish to convey, but you might find someth

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  October 3, 2009, 3:51am  •  0 vote

Anna says: October 1, 2009 at 8:25 am Gosh – am I the only Brit here? No, you aren't.

Re: on “condition”  •  July 21, 2009, 6:35am  •  0 vote

I think we would need a bit more context to give a definitive answer. "Under the conditions of" and "on the conditions that" could each be right in different contexts. But of course, Paul is right.

Re: Spelling with mixed cases  •  June 21, 2009, 7:09am  •  0 vote

You people are a sorry bunch! We're talking about a class of 6 year olds who have just learned to write. Get over yourselves, and get a life. Ah yes, heaven forfend that a teacher should act

Re: Infinitive without “to”  •  June 21, 2009, 6:47am  •  0 vote

"He needs not wait" does not seem right to me. I would say, "He does not need to wait."

Re: First annual vs. second annual  •  June 21, 2009, 6:43am  •  1 vote

Remember, even if you have every intention of hosting an event annually, you should never refer to the first such event as the "First Annual." Especially if you're sending a press release to a news

Re: Plural of “insurance”?  •  June 21, 2009, 6:03am  •  0 vote

"Lineal" is indeed a word, but it does not mean the same thing as "linear." It means "pertaining to a lineage." "Lineal feet" is indeed incorrect (or, at best, unidiomatic). Mind you, even "linear

Re: “study of” vs. “study on”  •  May 23, 2009, 8:41pm  •  0 vote

"many early studies were done on a shoestring" - Are you under the impression that this is a relevant example? It is not referring to studies of shoestrings. "Done on a shoestring" is an idiom meaning

Re: Friendly - adjective and adverb?  •  May 23, 2009, 8:00pm  •  5 votes

Does the ABBYY Lingvo Dictionary date its examples? The most recent example in the OED of "friendly" used as an adverb is from 1869. It also has "The natives used us friendly and with kindness," bu

Re: “study of” vs. “study on”  •  May 9, 2009, 8:29pm  •  1 vote

If it had previewing, I would not have accidentally doubled that final appeal for italicization and previewing!

Re: “study of” vs. “study on”  •  May 9, 2009, 8:27pm  •  1 vote

"Book" is a different word, so different considerations apply. "I wrote a study of [or on] poetry" is not the same as "I wrote a book of poetry." In fact, whichever preposition you use, its meaning is

Re: “study of” vs. “study on”  •  May 8, 2009, 7:24pm  •  5 votes

Are you talking about "study" used as a verb or as a noun? I ask because many of my students (I am a college teacher) use constructions like "X studied on topic Y" in their writing. I regard this as a

Re: Materialism  •  May 4, 2009, 4:07am  •  0 vote

Lots of words have different meanings or connotations in different contexts of usage. This is a normal feature of English and (I very much suspect) all natural languages. That said, the meanings of

Re: Should the link include the quotes?  •  May 4, 2009, 3:32am  •  1 vote

This is not a question about language, or right and wrong, but about what looks better on a web page. That will depend on various factors. By default, HTML underlines all the characters in linked text

Re: Littler  •  May 4, 2009, 3:01am  •  11 votes

What grammatical rule do "littler" and "littlest" break? They follow the normal rule for forming comparatives and superlatives from adjectives. Is there a special rule that the normal rule cannot be a

Re: Speaking with negations  •  April 11, 2009, 9:40pm  •  3 votes

As I said, the name for this figure of speech, which has been recognized by rhetoricians since ancient times, is "litotes" (pronounced "lye-toe-tees"). It is NOT a plural, it just happens to end in "s

Re: Curriculum Vita or Curriculum Vitae  •  December 31, 2008, 3:01pm  •  6 votes

Well I did take Latin in school (though I admit it is rusty now), and I think your dictionary is wrong. (Unless a bit of incorrect Latin has somehow become an accepted English usage; but that seems ve

Re: Evident/Evidenced  •  December 27, 2008, 2:34am  •  5 votes

As I read it, "evident from" implies that the conclusion follows obviously and undeniably from the evidence that is mentioned, whereas "evidenced by" implies only that the facts mentioned provide some