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Re: Why do we have “formal” English?  •  September 24, 2015, 2:17pm  •  1 vote

Emailing, texting, tweeting--these are already affecting our writing. Remember when you wrote an email like a letter? Now, there is a subtle coercion when someone emails me and hits the carriage retu

Re: waiting on  •  September 24, 2015, 2:07pm  •  0 vote

In the US saying waiting on sort of pegs you as a southerner, almost as strongly as y'all. Ahm waitin on ya means hurry the heck up.

Re: “This Wednesday” vs. “Next Wednesday”  •  September 24, 2015, 1:59pm  •  0 vote

"How about never? Does never work for you?" Quote, possibly inexact, from a cartoon in, I think, The New Yorker. I agree about the structure you laid out Howard, on a mathematical calendrical level

Re: “escaped prison” or “escaped from prison”?  •  September 24, 2015, 1:53pm  •  1 vote

I agree with others here. If you want to be clear that there was a prison break, say from prison. It brings to the mind of the reader that there was a building or structure involved. Without the prepo

Re: How does one debate a person?  •  September 24, 2015, 1:48pm  •  0 vote

When you debate with someone, you are most likely in public and people are wondering what all the fuss is about. When you debate someone, you are on a stage in a formal setting.

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  September 7, 2011, 1:53pm  •  3 votes

I am not inclined to investigate whether LEGO should be in caps or not, but I don't see a problem with referring to them in the plural by adding an "s." I agree with the intellectual property argumen

Re: Oblige to mean “force”  •  September 7, 2011, 1:29pm  •  0 vote

Sounds marginally ok to me, altho it also sounds a little confusing, as a spoken sentence, so I probably would not use that wording. First tho, I am not convinced it means "force" in that sentence.

Re: “It is what it is”  •  January 8, 2010, 1:58pm  •  8 votes

It also occurs to me that "it is what it is" is probably related to the phrase "what is done is done." Again, nothing to do with Black Standard English. Just an old, presumably white European, Engli

Re: Adding a question mark to ensure a response  •  January 8, 2010, 2:27am  •  1 vote

Don't worry about the grammar. It's a matter of style and intonation. If you would have asked the question with a rising intonation, why not add the ? If you like that style of speech, you should wr

Re: “It is what it is”  •  January 8, 2010, 2:13am  •  19 votes

Roger - I am no expert on black standard english, but I need to say something about it to make a larger point. I suspect that the phrase "What it is?" is a tongue in cheek expression with multiple us

Re: Causative or Causal?  •  November 8, 2009, 9:55pm  •  1 vote

I'd say that causative would mean that the agent is the direct cause of the disease, whereas if you use the word causal, I'd expect it to be perhaps one of several candidates, or perhaps one in a seri