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Re: Dashes when saying year-olds  •  March 7, 2012, 5:47pm  •  4 votes

"wesleyabridle I say the hyphens are over used here. We are progressing away from Latin, not regressing back." What are you talking about? Hyphens were not used in Latin at all. Heck, the Romans d

Re: How to use floccinaucinihilipilification  •  March 7, 2012, 5:33pm  •  0 vote

I have a floccinaucinihilipilification of the use of "floccinaucinihilipilification" in conversation.

Re: of a  •  March 3, 2012, 4:10pm  •  2 votes

Actually, the “of a” construction seems better to me in these cases. I am not sure why, but somehow the “of” seems to indicate that temporal rather than spatial extension is being talked about: I woul

Re: “Fine” as a complete sentence  •  January 26, 2012, 5:30pm  •  1 vote

I have been told the shortest English sentence is actually "Go!" (It is an imperative, and the subject "you" is implied.) "I am" is shorter than "It is." I am fine with "Fine." What about "No

Re: that vs. if and whether  •  January 26, 2012, 5:22pm  •  3 votes

I do not think I have ever heard (much less read) people using THAT in the way that you say. “I wonder THAT this is correct” does not mean the same thing as “I wonder IF (or WHETHER) this is correc

Re: Perpendicular  •  December 2, 2011, 7:13am  •  1 vote

According to the OED, “perpendicular” has been used to mean “at right angles” since at least c1475 (and their earliest sighting of it used to mean “vertical” is only 25 years earlier). This usage is n

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  December 2, 2011, 6:26am  •  1 vote

Just because a certain suffix, when added to another word, modifies the meaning of that word in a predictable way, it does not follow that you can add that suffix to any old word whose meaning you mig

Re: want it that way  •  April 17, 2011, 3:51am  •  4 votes

"I want it that way" is perfectly good English (British or American). If it is a contraction at all, it is a contraction of "I want it to be that way," but that would be overemphatic in most contexts.

Re: and so...  •  April 17, 2011, 3:37am  •  8 votes

Olen: "There is no correct use of "and so" in Standard American English." Absolute nonsense. If "and so to bed" was good enough for Peyps, it is good enough for you (and other Americans. All the ex

Re: The opposite of “awaken”?  •  April 17, 2011, 3:28am  •  4 votes

Neither "lull" nor "deaden" mean "fall asleep". ("Lull" means something like "to make [someone else] sleepy," although "awaken can also be used transitively to mean "to make [someone else] wake up".)

Re: The taller of her and...  •  March 20, 2011, 8:23pm  •  5 votes

Whichever way you go with that, it is a horrible, ugly and confusing sentence. What is wrong with "Karen is taller than Lin"? So far as I can see, that conveys exactly the same information, is more su

Re: Past Perfect vs. Past Tense  •  March 16, 2011, 4:02pm  •  1 vote

I agree with jayles. The second version implies that the whole process of tying the rope and pulling out the car was completed in seconds, which is most unlikely to be true. Pulling a car out o

Re: “I recommend that you do not” vs. “I recommend you not”  •  March 16, 2011, 3:54pm  •  2 votes

They all look fine to me. If anything I would marginally favor the versions with "do/does," although "should" would be fine too.

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  July 26, 2010, 1:54pm  •  0 vote

It would be colloquial if it were very commonly said, but I cannot recall ever having heard someone saying "Her and I," and I would find it jarring if they did (much more so, in fact, than something l