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Re: “hone in” vs. “home in”  •  October 6, 2011, 9:41pm  •  2 votes

Because the sports media aren't exactly known for high intellect.

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  September 28, 2011, 10:21am  •  18 votes

The subjunctive was drilled into my head, when I was a kid, by that old commercial that went "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener".

Re: Over-use of periods  •  July 14, 2011, 12:49pm  •  1 vote

It would be nice if the OP could provide examples of period overuse. As for emdashes, the standard way of representing one, if all you use is plain ASCII text or a typewriter, is two hyphens--with

Re: Rules for -ise and -ize  •  March 30, 2011, 9:55am  •  0 vote

Generally, "-ise" is British (though I heard even in the UK, "realize" is correct), while "-ize" is American (except for "advertise", which is proper spelling in the US).

Re: It’s Official: email not e-mail  •  March 30, 2011, 9:52am  •  0 vote

In formal writing, and especially resumes, I always hyphenate e-mail. It looks better to me.

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  March 30, 2011, 9:49am  •  8 votes

The English language (as with pretty much any language) is filled with examples of multiple ways of expressing the same idea. I don't consider that redundancy. The "have" and "got" in "have got" ar

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  October 1, 2010, 8:02am  •  1 vote

Regarding "marijuana": you do pronounce the j... if you're speaking Spanish. But this is English! I pronounce it "marowana".

Re: Plural of “insurance”?  •  December 17, 2009, 12:57am  •  0 vote

The term "insurances" is used within the insurance industry to mean "lines of insurance" or "types of insurance". The pluralized term is specialized industry jargon, which should not be used in genera

Re: Twenty-ten vs Two thousand-ten  •  December 17, 2009, 12:24am  •  5 votes

2010 will be the year when we can once again start using the abbreviated paradigm we've used for hundreds of years (eighteen whatever, nineteen whatever). 2001-2009 are unwieldy when saying "twenty wh