Warsaw Will

Joined: December 3, 2010

Number of comments posted: 1033

Number of votes received: 355

I'm a TEFL teacher working in Poland. I have a blog - Random Idea English - where I do some grammar stuff for advanced students and have the occasional rant against pedantry.

Questions Submitted

Natural as an adverb

In his entry on ‘try and do’, Fowler calls it “an idiom that...

apostrophe with expressions of distance or time

I imagine everyone uses an apostrophe with expressions of di...

tonne vs ton

I’m all for the metric system, and I’m sure a lot of British...

Tell About

On ESL websites I sometimes see instructions to students of ...

“reach out”

I’m not usually a peever, but I do make an exception for bus...

Fit as a butcher’s dog

Has anybody come across the idiom “Fit as a butcher’s dog”, ...

You’ve got another think/thing coming

If you’re over a certain age, you will probably be familiar ...

When “one of” many things is itself plural

There are all sorts of things I believed in then which I don...

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on: “As per ....”?

Both Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage and the New...

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on: hanged vs. hung

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on: On Tomorrow

@Zee - Just to complicate things, what we call "soda" in the...

on: Team names — singular or plural

@AnWulf - Good on you for backing singular they. However the...

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@Henri - OK I misunderstood your argument. I thought you mea...

on: cannot vs. can not

@Henri - do you have any evidence to back you up there. Ever...

on: “Anglish”

The perils of writing late at night. The second part of the ...

on: “Anglish”

As this thread now seems to have left the realms of what I w...

on: Idea Vs. Ideal

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on: “deal to”

@HS - Yes, of course (even with to!). Life would be very bor...

on: “deal to”

More on "to". 1) I discovered via another thread here that ...

on: “deal to”

It's not that strange really; think of - "Perhaps it’s time ...

on: “deal to”

I googled "it's time to deal to" and came up with 16 hits. A...

on: Defining a proper noun

Hi porsche, I've had very similar ones on my blog, so as soo...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

@HS - to see how it is being used just do a site search of ...

on: “no end” and “to no end”

@bradmontreal - It looks as though I spoke a bit too quickl...

on: Defining a proper noun

I know I occasionally link to my own blog, but that last com...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

HI Hairy - I'm sorry, the tone of my last comment was a bit ...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

@Hairy Scot - "I still await proof of correctness". Is the o...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

D.A.W. says (said) - "I didn't say anything about the "histo...

on: “no end” and “to no end”

I would stand that on its head and ask. Is "This amuses me t...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

@Hairy Scot - 'I do of course include "different to" in that...

on: As of

@jayles - I think you mean "fings" I was taught on my t...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

@D.A.W. - I was going to let this drop, but I think I'll fol...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

@D.A.W. A propos apologising: You originally wrote (just ...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

@D.A.W. - I knew it would be fun! And with such a gentleman,...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

@D.AW. - I don't see why are you are still going on about a ...

on: “Anglish”

@Holy Mackerel - "Mostly they have no clue what they're talk...

on: As of

@jayles - OK, I do check with Swan now and then, and the OAL...

on: As of

@jayles - Why do we need more concrete benchmarking? I'm sur...

on: “Anglish”

@jayles - you do know about grannies and sucking eggs, don't...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

Unfortunately I can't claim to have had a mother who was a t...

on: “Anglish”

@Holy Mackerel - Here's one Brit saying that any Brit that t...

on: As of

@jayles - I don't think your definition of Standard English ...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

@D.A.W. - Well, it no doubt makes a first that we are in agr...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

Apparently even newspapers (well, the Sun) get confused with...

on: “Anglish”

@HolyMackerel - I appreciate what you say, but I wouldn't re...

on: “Anglish”

@Gallitrot - of course anyone can say what they like about t...

on: Is there any defense of capitalizing after a semicolon?

@JohnN - Yes, you're absolutely right, as I found out later ...

on: “Anglish”

Damn, I hit the wrong button! That unfinished sentence shoul...

on: “Anglish”

OK jayles, and I usually try to avoid these words, but in sc...

on: “Anglish”

@Gallitrot - I'd also quibble with the word "supercilious" b...

on: “Anglish”

@gallitrot - (belatedly) by all means substitute Anglo-Saxon...

on: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”

@Carl - as this excellent post by linguist Stan Carey at Sen...

on: “gift of” vs. “gift from”

In answer to the question, I agree with mshades, and this di...

on: “gift of” vs. “gift from”

@mshades - On the contrary, you were quite right to use "bet...

on: “Anglish”

@jayles (who for some reason comes up in Google reader as ja...

on: As of

@Jo - that ending was a bit harsh, so I'll add a couple of t...

on: As of

@Jo - Ah, "correct English", that's a topic and a half, and ...

on: As of

@jo - Google brings up plenty of examples "quitting as of", ...

on: from among

Hi andreea. it wasn't meant to be a dig at you, but at all t...

on: from among

Interesting question. I can't think why it took so long for ...

on: “Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English

@v pinches - Few commentators nowadays see any problem with ...

on: Actress instead of Actor

@Tom Rose - I have to confess it always amuses me when the ...

on: “Anglish”

@Gallitrot - you're quite free to use what language you want...

on: Idea Vs. Ideal

@Jan Morrow - does that mean you have no ideals (noun)? :)) ...

on: “Anglish”

@HolyMackerel - I understand your position, and certainly do...

on: “Anglish”

@Gallitrot - according to David Crystal, the period of great...

on: “Me neither.” or “Me either”

@Hairy Scot - "Nor I", would be pretty formal, I think. "Nor...

on: “Anglish”

@HolyMackerel - The beauty, no, I grant you. But the size an...

on: “Anglish”

@Holymackerel - As far as I can see, apart from poem (1540s ...

on: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive

@John Gibson - and your second example has the advantage tha...

on: “Anglish”

@John Gibson - I think you've got a very good point. Instead...

on: Impact as a noun

@Anthony123 - Sorry, that link doesn't work any more. The pu...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

@David Teangue - it's not an advertisement, it's simply the ...

on: Impact as a noun

@Anthony123 - Yes, some people have problems with "impact" a...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

Something strange happened in that first sentence - it shoul...

on: “all but” - I hate that expression!

Hola Jose. Are you sure you didn't mishear? I don't really s...

on: Is there any defense of capitalizing after a semicolon?

@Skeeter. Perhaps you're right. Here's a capital after a com...

on: Is there any defense of capitalizing after a semicolon?

Sorry Skeeter, I didn't read your comments very well. I see ...

on: Hi all vs. Hi everybody

@ Brus - "Here in Thailand, we bow ..." - Well, you certainl...

on: Is there any defense of capitalizing after a semicolon?

Hi Skeeter. I doubt that it has anything to do with the Amer...

on: Is there any defense of capitalizing after a semicolon?

That's a pretty big convention you want to overturn there. T...

on: Where used you to live?

@BigD - I have vague memories that I was taught at school so...

on: Where used you to live?

@Big D -"before you came here" is a specific time in the pas...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

@Curious indeed - that should read - not many people contrac...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

@Curious indeed - you might, but it would seem that not so m...

on: Team names — singular or plural

@BrockawayBaby - 18 months later. I'm afraid it's not as sim...

on: Team names — singular or plural

And it equally pains me to hear that the family, a bunch of ...

on: optimiSe or optimiZe ?

I had a look at that Metadyne piece linked to above and have...

on: hanged vs. hung

@Hairy Scot - You've got a thing about this, haven't you? Ni...

on: hanged vs. hung

@dracula - could you perhaps enlighten us disgraceful, naive...

on: “and yet”

I'm with porsche, JMMB, nigel and douglas.bryant. And so, it...

on: misnomer

@EW Thornton - Sorry, but I beg to disagree. Mr Blues specif...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

Hi, Brus. Back from your travels already? I could always try...

on: misnomer

I still think No 2 at Oxford and 2b at the American Heritage...

on: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive

Hi porsche, I'm still not so sure. I totally agree that all ...

on: misnomer

This is the definition of 'misnomer' at Oxford Online Dicti...

on: optimiSe or optimiZe ?

@WW - I hate to say it, but I misread some of those graphs -...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

@LG - being facetious, on that basis there is no plural of M...

on: Comparisons and Superlatives of Colours

You're quite right, Kingsley, reder and redest are not accep...

on: Impact as a noun

A propos of 'verbing', you may have heard of the game 'buzzw...

on: “get in contact”

@HS - if you're ever back this way, this graph from Ngram sh...

on: Past tense of “text”

@Alison - how on earth can 'ex' be a vowel sound? - If anyth...

on: Impact as a noun

I've just read the question again, and realised I'd misread ...

on: Possessive with acromyms ending in S

Actually, the original function of the apostrophe was to sho...

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