criskity

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Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  February 23, 2011, 3:32pm  •  1 vote

"Er, of course the L in “walk” and “talk” is silent. Who pronounces these words with the sound /l/? No one." My grad-school housemate pronounced the L in both "walk" and "talk". He grew up in Iowa,

Re: cannot vs. can not  •  February 13, 2011, 2:23am  •  8 votes

"cannot" is preferred; using "can not" runs you the risk of looking uneducated (despite being technically OK). Obvious exceptions are sentences like "This device can not only slice; it can also dice!"

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  February 13, 2011, 2:18am  •  11 votes

"Gifting" reminds me of "conversating". A totally unnecessary coinage.

Re: Difference between “lying” and “misleading”  •  January 5, 2011, 7:41pm  •  1 vote

Lying is knowingly telling something that's not true with the intent to deceive. Thus, being mistaken or telling fictional stories for entertainment are not forms of lying.

Re: Difference between “lying” and “misleading”  •  December 25, 2010, 9:40am  •  4 votes

It's also possible to mislead by telling the truth.

Re: Accepted spellings, punctuation, and capitalization of email  •  October 14, 2010, 1:56pm  •  2 votes

In formal writing, I still use "e-mail". "E-mail" at the beginning of a sentence.

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 27, 2010, 2:28pm  •  1 vote

OK, another: silent "i" in "lieu"

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 26, 2010, 11:23pm  •  2 votes

As for Malaysia, it rhymes with Asia, which has no Y. Thus, it could be spelled "Malasia" and be pronounced the same. Ergo, the Y is silent. And in my list, only "Le Febvre" is not English!

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 26, 2010, 11:20pm  •  3 votes

Silent F, silent L: halfpenny

Re: How do I write out .25% ?  •  September 26, 2010, 10:22am  •  1 vote

"[zero] point two five percent". It's wrong to say "[zero] point twenty five percent", since it has nothing to with the number 25.

Re: Oh it’s... “Free”?  •  September 25, 2010, 2:32pm  •  0 vote

The use of quotes for emphasis is nonstandard, and frowned upon. But it's quite common on handwritten ads. As such, they're known as "grocers' quotes."

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 25, 2010, 2:24pm  •  7 votes

A: cocoa B: debt C: scene D: Wednesday (first d) E: game (or any word with a silent e) F: cliff (either one of the f's) G: phlegm H: hour I: Hawaii J: marijuana K: knife L: talk M: mnemoni