douglas.bryant

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on: Accepted spellings, punctuation, and capitalization of email

I have long written "email" un-hyphenated, but the website F...

on: “On accident” and “study on . . .”

What a lot of fuss over perfectly proper prepositional usage...

on: Usage of past, present, and future tense in ownership

In your sentence "is" would be proper. "Was" implies "no lon...

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

Chris B is right on acquire—etymology bears him out. But "mn...

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

Sorry: "Where does it end?"...

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

But BQ, "acquisition" is itself a Latin borrowing, via Frenc...

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

I like rendezvous for Z, but without the space. (For you Ang...

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

Goofy is correct–scratch "Y." If proper names apply, the...

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

A quick (if incomplete) list: A aisle B numb, thumb, deb...

on: as best he can

I think Goofy got it right back in April, 2009. His citation...

on: Use of obscure words like “ebulliate”

On the subject of sesquipedality—the use of big words—Bryan ...

on: anything vs. everything

Porsche, You make a good point. By "singularity" I meant as...

on: anything vs. everything

It's interesting: we use "anything" and "everything" often, ...

on: “Anglish”

I agree with Jm on one point, at least: if you want to learn...

on: “Anglish”

Jm: You wrote: ". . . I pointed to most OE words being...

on: “Anglish”

"Let’s cut the crap" Wonderful. I have been insulted in O...

on: “Anglish”

Shaun C: West Saxon was dominant from the eighth to the e...

on: “Anglish”

The 80% figure you cite (from Wikipedia?) is at the high end...

on: “Anglish”

In response to Goofy's assertion that "an attempt to change ...

on: “Anglish”

Jm: I hope you're not counting me among the "haters." I s...

on: “Anglish”

"The Anglish Moot," a website devoted to Anglish, defines it...

on: Might could

I think Avrom had a handle on this issue. "Might could" is a...

on: Really happy or real happy

The objection to the adverb "real" is that it is informal, a...

on: Plural of Yes

The correct plural is yeses. Nouns ending in -s (focus or ex...

on: Pronunciation: aunt

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Fifth Edition (1947 printin...

on: “I’m just saying”

Same to you, Jan....

on: “I’m just saying”

As one who is "not here to argue," Jan, you argue quite a lo...

on: “I’m just saying”

The Urban Dictionary website says: "All the definitions o...

on: “she” vs “her”

Purely a stylistic choice, Nigel, and a subjective one. ...

on: “she” vs “her”

Nigel writes: “In most contexts, “she and I” is awkward (...

on: A piece of irony

They might believe that. Or they might think you a noodge. ...

on: A piece of irony

Merriam-Webster Online defines 'ignorant' as: "lacking knowl...

on: The following is... vs. Following is...

Conciseness should not trump clarity. The construct "followi...

on: There was/were a pen and three pencils...

Jim M is correct. "[A] pen and three pencils" is the compoun...

on: why does english have capital letters?

Nobody has addressed Sunil Kumar's second question: "Simi...

on: Everybody vs. Everyone

The distinction in meaning between "everybody" and "everyone...

on: On Tomorrow

Amy, What I said was "And as such, it is not a 'southern ...

on: On Tomorrow

Amy, Actually, I didn't quote Chaucer. The reference was ...

on: On Tomorrow

Ryan, The pronunciation of "ask" as "aks" is not an ordin...

on: On Tomorrow

I have addressed the ask/axe issue elsewhere, but it seems t...

on: On Tomorrow

What bothers me—really bothers me—is intolerance. On this si...

on: Actress instead of Actor

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

on: Plural form of sense of humour

Also similar to "court martial" which becomes "courts martia...

on: why does english have capital letters?

Goofy makes a good point. I should have said that the best j...

on: Pronunciation: aunt

The link in my last post doesn't work because of the parenth...

on: Pronunciation: aunt

The pronunciation of "ask" as "aks" is sometimes seen as a s...

on: why does english have capital letters?

The question is interesting, but I would reverse it: Why doe...

on: Please be advised....

In the phrase "please be advised" the adverb "please" is "us...

on: hanged vs. hung

I think John was essentially correct in his initial response...

on: As wet as ?

I won't help you in a cliché hunt, or a simile search. Why d...

on: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash

Mantha, You are right! I was misinformed of what the prop...

on: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash

I'm with Deb and Justinito on this one. The em-dash–and real...

on: Texted

Correction: Franklin wrote to Webster in 1789....

on: Texted

The verbification of nouns is not inherently incorrect, or e...

on: Word in question: Conversate

A little history of "orientate." "Orient" was borrowed ...

on: “and yet”

Nigel is correct: "and yet" is a perfectly acceptable idiom....

on: Sarcasm mark?

Really? Sarcasm is not conveyed through words? I think Mark ...

on: Use of multiple periods

Laura, The em-dash would be better than an ellipsis for t...

on: Plural last name ending in “z”

Google has a translation tool. You will find it in the "more...

on: Word in question: Conversate

Adrian is even more a descriptivist than me. Which I applaud...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

John has pegged the issue pretty well, and Merriam-Webster's...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Really Marilyn? That old canard? I'm loath to cock a snook a...

on: Word in question: Conversate

It is unsurprising that "conversate" is found in online dict...

on: Sarcasm mark?

Sarcasm? Yeah, there's an app for that....

on: “I’m just saying”

"Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" was Jimmy Dura...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

This has been mad fun. John and Marilyn have engaged in the ...

on: Got

"Get" has a bad reputation. Yet it's got solid provenance: b...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

I did a little poking about on the internet. It turns out th...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

The phrase is a Britishism, if I may extend the appellation ...

on: “identical to” and “identical with”

The short answer is that both "identical to" and "identical ...

on: me vs. myself

Porsche: I don't disagree with you entirely. By the strict r...

on: me vs. myself

Theophilus Davenport says, "I would argue that the use of ei...

on: semi-colon and colon in one sentence

You may indeed use a semicolon and a colon in one sentence. ...

on: me vs. myself

Porsche is correct: in the example sentence, "like" is used ...

on: me vs. myself

In the example sentence given by Helen Hi, the phrase "like ...

on: Moments & Seconds

Jan makes an interesting point: a moment is an indefinite pe...

on: me vs. myself

The speaker hasn't actually referred to himself with the wor...

on: OK vs Okay

Quite a nice, and long, discussion. Bryan A. Garner, in "...

on: “It is what it is”

I don't claim to know the origin of the phrase "it is what i...

on: Adding a question mark to ensure a response

Placing a question mark after that sentence may lead your re...

on: “It is what it is”

The phrase "it is what it is" does not, as you put it, "desc...

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

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary lists two definitions fo...

on: Use of “Massive”

It's true that some words are over-used, and massive is – ma...

on: decapitalize vs. uncapitalize

Un-capitalize a word (with hyphen). De-capitalize a bank ...

on: Space After Period

Doug, Your post doesn’t really deserve a response. Howeve...

on: Twenty-ten vs Two thousand-ten

I like your anti-prescriptivism, Porsche. Most refreshing. ...

on: A perfectly acceptable construction

I don't think "a (adjective) construction" is an idiom just ...

on: Plural last name ending in “z”

To answer Ann's question, the plural of Marschuetz is Marsch...

on: Exact same

More heat than light has been generated in this discussion o...

on: Try and

John was correct in his first posting. He cited Fowler. Merr...

on: Capitalizing After the Colon

Lena, Thanks, that's nice of you to say. I was re-reading...

on: Causative or Causal?

'Causal' means of or relating to cause or arising from a cau...

on: Social vs Societal

Merriam-Webster lists 'emplace' as a back-formation of 'empl...

on: double negatives

I realize this is an old question, but what neither the ques...

on: Past tense of “text”

Sorry, I didn't mean "on purpose," I meant "appropriate."...

on: Past tense of “text”

Mark, I wasn't patronizing you when I suggested that I had ...

on: Past tense of “text”

Clearly I have been unclear. Let me reiterate my four points...

on: Past tense of “text”

Porsche, Your analysis is excellent, and I will leave it at ...

on: Past tense of “text”

Mark, Since you insist, I will comment on your insistence th...

on: Past tense of “text”

Mark: Let me try to clarify my comment. I am not proposing "...

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