AnWulf

Joined: June 19, 2011

Number of comments posted: 610

Number of votes received: 205

Native English speaker. Conversant in German, Russian, Spanish, and Anglo-Saxon.

Ferþu Hal!

I have a pilot's license (SEL certificate); I'm a certified diver (NAUI); I've skydived and was qualified as a paratrooper in the Army (Airborne!); I was a soldier (MI, Armor, Engineer).

I worked for a corporation, was a law enforcement officer, and a business owner.

Bachelor's in Finance; minor in Economics Masters of Aeronautical Sciences

Browncoat

Now I'm writing my great American novel.

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Recent Comments

Re: OK vs Okay  •  December 13, 2011, 2:44pm  •  0 vote

The compelling point for me is the date of the earliest record WRITTEN of the word. I think 1815 is well before any large Greek immigration. And I think we can believe that it was being said well befo

Re: decapitalize vs. uncapitalize  •  December 12, 2011, 1:29pm  •  0 vote

In Java programming, it is "uncapitalize": uncapitalize("This Is A String"); A google search turned up 152,000 hits for uncapitalize and 74,400 for decapitalize.

Re: me vs. myself  •  December 12, 2011, 12:49pm  •  0 vote

1. @Porsche ... Yu're absolutely right. The brooking of myself here is wrong, wrong, wrong! ... And ... It's wrong! 2. @Alice ... Yu too are right! Remember folks, the great Bard was a playwright!

Re: OK vs Okay  •  December 12, 2011, 10:31am  •  0 vote

"We arrived OK" notation in the hand-written diary of a traveller going from Boston to New Orleans in 1815. The Choctaw Expression "Okeh" and the Americanism "Okay" Jim Fay, Ph.D. 7/14/07

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 12, 2011, 10:08am  •  0 vote

@Ængelgolc ... Thanks, I wanted to be wis about it. Sometimes the marks are murky as to whether it is thought to be the root or if it is a cognate. None the less, it would be an eath thing for the "le

Re: Plural form of anonymous  •  December 12, 2011, 10:03am  •  0 vote

Per the OED ... Latin from Greek anōnumos ‘nameless’ (from an- ‘without’ + onoma ‘name’) ... It is said |əˈnänəməs| ... anonumos would be a better spelling. Aside from that, I vote with no plural

Re: Perpendicular  •  December 10, 2011, 9:19am  •  1 vote

Here are three meanings given for a right angle: M-W: the angle bounded by two lines perpendicular to each other : an angle of 90° or 1⁄2 π radians Webster's 1913: (a) The angle formed by one

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 9, 2011, 7:49am  •  0 vote

Ængelfolc ... etym frain for yu. I'm befuddled from the notations. Is OE traht from OHG or Latin? Is the OHG from Latin or from the PIE? Looks like traht and tract were in ME ... with the credit f

Re: “enamored with” and “enamored by”  •  December 8, 2011, 9:08pm  •  6 votes

"He was enamoured with the semlynesse." [of an image in the water]. - Lydgate's Fall of Princes, 1475 ... I think over 500 years of folks benoting "enamored with" is enuff to say it's ok.

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 7, 2011, 11:24am  •  0 vote

@Jayes ... Yes, we do "go to the polls" when we choose ... lawmakers. Odds and ends: Here is a word that I'v been looking at this morning: whilend - temporary (ME whilende and whilewende). I ki

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 7, 2011, 9:17am  •  0 vote

@Holy Macker ... not wis as to what yu're looking for. I'm guessing "aspect". Here are a few more plus the ones that yu found that I expanded out. ansîen I. (on-; ê, î, ý) fn. - countenance, face;

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  December 6, 2011, 7:17am  •  0 vote

^^^Oops, that first sentence should read ... as if it isn't spelled without the accent.

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  December 5, 2011, 8:33pm  •  0 vote

A few folks have mentioned "cafe" as if it isn't spelled with the accent. From my OED: cafe |kaˈfā, kə-| ( also café ). It also lists resume as a variant of résumé. M-W has all three: ré·su·mé or r

Re: hanged vs. hung  •  December 5, 2011, 8:21pm  •  0 vote

FWIW, the OED on my laptop says: usage: In modern English, hang has two past tense and past participle forms: hanged and hung. Hung is the normal form in most general uses ( they hung out the wash;

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 5, 2011, 7:11pm  •  0 vote

I have the whole list of OE grammar terms on my old laptop. I seldseenly brook them. Most of them are fairly twisted and only calques of the Latin words. English does have "nameword" for noun but i

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 5, 2011, 9:36am  •  0 vote

@Holy Mackerel ... That was my first thought too. However, this is a nowadays brooking or an old word. OE had other words for reputation like tōtalu. When I first saw gefrain, I thought it had somet

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 4, 2011, 10:39am  •  0 vote

Yes, the Scots ... being further away from the Norman-French Overlords ... kept a lot of words. Many words are marked in the wordbooks as either obsolete or Scots! Theod alreddy seems to be in wid

Re: Perpendicular  •  December 4, 2011, 5:26am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... LOL ... I may stay away from Latinates, but that doesn't mean that I don't kno them or how to benote them. :) Perpendicular is a mouthful. A perpend is the vertical layer of mortar

Re: Rules for -ise and -ize  •  December 4, 2011, 4:52am  •  0 vote

Fower describes analyze/analyse as "... two equally indefensible forms that has won. The correct but now impossible form would be analysize (or analysise), with analysist for existing analyst." Od

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 4, 2011, 4:34am  •  0 vote

Well we do find seldseen brooking of the en-/em- forefasts in OE ... enlīhtan (enlighten), emtwa (in two). We also have the in-/im- set. There are folks who don't want to brook en/em owing to the word

Re: Perpendicular  •  December 2, 2011, 5:41pm  •  0 vote

FWIW Hairy Scot, I'm with yu on this one. I'v had a lot of math courses ... up thru two years of differential equations (many, many years ago) and I can't recall describing a line as perpendicular tha

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  December 2, 2011, 2:46pm  •  0 vote

One can avoid regard/regards all together by brooking "anent". :)

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 2, 2011, 8:53am  •  0 vote

@Ængfolc - Here's one for yur skills. The forefast en- is seen in OE in the word en-līhtan = to enlighten (en-líhtan, in-líhtan, on-leóhtan, on-lýhtan). That's from the B-T Anglo-Saxon Dict) but it is

Re: “Anglish”  •  December 1, 2011, 3:33pm  •  0 vote

@stanmund ... Yu work too hard at this. Try the onefold things first: OED: ploughland |ˈplaʊland|(US plowland ) noun [ mass noun ] land that is ploughed for growing crops; ***arable land***. B

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  November 29, 2011, 8:32am  •  1 vote

@Chris B ... I think someone upthread said it but I'll say it again since it seems to be what is befuddling folks. In the US, one HEARS "I'v got" for "I have", and "I'v got to" or "I got to" (gotta

Re: When “one of” many things is itself plural  •  November 29, 2011, 6:26am  •  1 vote

@Becky ... Yu'r joking right? Immutable? That's just a bit "pretentious" don't yu think? That word as snob written all over it. Just who the heck would put "immutable" or the mouthful-of-syllables (an

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 28, 2011, 3:02am  •  0 vote

@black jayles ... there were many words for "government" and "rule" in OE/ME that hav fallen out. Wield was one of them. On philosophical grounds, I would naysay it for "government" owing to I don't b

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 27, 2011, 12:38pm  •  0 vote

I saw this post on a blog: This kind of detail of English is really interesting. Mainly for non native speakers. Nice thing in that is how easy is assume it’s meaning. Queenlessness… I would never

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  November 27, 2011, 11:19am  •  0 vote

English is highly bendsome (flexible) with forefasts, afterfasts (prefixes and suffixes), and noun kenning (compounding). There is overlap among the Anglo, Latin, Greek, and even German ones that can

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 27, 2011, 8:18am  •  0 vote

I'm not catholic so I don't hav a dog in this fight so to speak. I'm only looking at for understanding and if it is eath to read and say. Along those lines, "maker of heaven and earth, of all that

Re: Interchangeability of possessive “s” and “of”  •  November 23, 2011, 4:25pm  •  0 vote

The -'s ending in English is leftover of the Anglo-Saxon genitiv case and in Modern English is only used to show possession in byspels like John's car. "Of" is a preposition that has many uses ...

Re: Word for Showing Off Your MacBook at Cafe — Mac off  •  November 23, 2011, 4:17pm  •  0 vote

^^^That should be "increased" ... mac or not, I'm the king of typos!

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 23, 2011, 2:01am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... dream is good for what happens in yur sleep. A vision is sunder. A vision may come to yu in yur dreams or it may come to yu while yu'r awake so there needs to be another word for it and

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  November 22, 2011, 7:45pm  •  0 vote

The other spelling for gauge is gage ... and that's the one that I brook. For aunt: from O.Fr. ante, from L. amita "paternal aunt". After the Norman French Takover it became aunte in ME when spelli

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 22, 2011, 7:36pm  •  0 vote

Here's a word that I just found ... undeadliness (immortality). We all kno about the undead and now we kno about undeadliness! And for a vision / dream ... sweven (foresight works too I think) A

Re: Word for Showing Off Your MacBook at Cafe — Mac off  •  November 22, 2011, 7:04pm  •  0 vote

I'm a mac user and a libertarian ... I think the haters are envious. The fact is that mac sales have increases and that likely accounts for you see more macs in the coffee shops. I have a friend w

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  November 21, 2011, 9:58pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... Notice that I say that English is a Germanic tung ... not German. I wouldn't want to go back to all the nouns and adjectivs having gender and declining. But all that was falling out an

Re: Hi all vs. Hi everybody  •  November 21, 2011, 9:27pm  •  0 vote

The other variant in the South is, "Hey y'all!" ... The answer is, "Hey!" "Hey y'all. What's goin' on?" ... "Hey. Nuthin'."

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 21, 2011, 9:16pm  •  0 vote

@Jayles ... At first I thought that yu had misspelled co-locate but then I acknew (realized) that it was a different word, albeit that means the same thing. Ængelfolc is right that place is a Greek-ro

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  November 21, 2011, 6:53am  •  0 vote

Better different than boring! lol I don't get wrapped umbe (around) the axle about this. But some folks think that the English tung is falling to pieces if someone says different than rather than d

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 21, 2011, 5:48am  •  0 vote

Yes, knowing which words are Latinates can sometimes be hard. French sometimes does a good job of hiding the roots, huru if it came into French when they were still more Frank than French. Task is one

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  November 20, 2011, 6:18pm  •  0 vote

From the OED: usage: Different from, different than, and different to: what are the distinctions between these three constructions, and is one more correct than the others? In practice, different f

Re: Had he breakfast this morning?  •  November 20, 2011, 6:04pm  •  1 vote

I would add that the question, "Had he breakfast this morning?" is in an anachronistic format. I don't think that it is wrong ... just very old-fashioned and not used in today's style. I would never t

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 20, 2011, 5:49pm  •  0 vote

Another on that has been bothering me but I think I'm near to an answer is "because". Cause is a Latinate. OE had forðæm, forðâm, forðan, forðon I. conj. for (the reason) that, owing to (the fact)

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 20, 2011, 5:30pm  •  0 vote

Well, I'v found out today that "foreset" is still in play in English. Foreset in OE to place before, shut in, propose, prefer, precede. ['foreset']. We had bepoken (discussed) of this some time back.

Re: subconscious vs unconscious  •  November 19, 2011, 7:39am  •  0 vote

Heck, I still hav trouble between conscious and conscience! Here ya go ... knocked out, knocked witless (dazed, but not out), and the unwitting mind (not knowing, not realizing).

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 18, 2011, 12:44am  •  0 vote

This one deserves a bit of thought. Read/rede ... they share a PIE root with reason (from Fr. resoun) which I put forth is why the word reason was brooked and spelled as reason ... a merging of the tw

Re: Idea Vs. Ideal  •  November 18, 2011, 12:28am  •  1 vote

What is this ... gang up on Southerners? OK, I've lived in many places in the US (I moved around a bit in the Army for a few years) and I can tell you that some of the biggest hicks live north of the

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 17, 2011, 4:05pm  •  0 vote

Well I'v found a few more words: 1. snape = criticize, rebuke 2. tofall (also to-fall) = close (n) ... "the tofall of the day" 3. tocome = arrival, future ... guess that is as close as I'll get t

Re: Texted  •  November 15, 2011, 8:56pm  •  5 votes

@Tom in Tx, ""Text message"? What other types of texts are sent? Text pictures? A bit redundant." In this case, text is an adjective. Otherwise, if I say that I sent you a message you don't know wh

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 14, 2011, 6:33pm  •  0 vote

Seems that there is a Dutch version of Anglish ... And it has been umbe much longer than Anglish! Welkom op het thuisblad van BTL, de Bond tegen Leenwoorden! http://bondtegenleenwoorden.nl/

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 13, 2011, 8:36am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... rank, range, ranch ... but not rankle! Which is akin to dragon ... Odd! lol

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 9, 2011, 8:35pm  •  0 vote

While Chaucer may have been using in a passive sense; the verb is both yoking and yokeless: Hight \Hight\, v. t. & i. [imp. Hight, Hot, p. p. Hight, Hote (?), Hoten (?). See Hote.] [ME. heiten, hig

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 9, 2011, 9:39am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... then hight might be a good swap for cite. Even sounds alike! lol Medics have been cited/highted as a key example of a modern breed of technical expert. The summons highted four of

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 9, 2011, 4:53am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc - "medu" is meed nowadays and still in the wordbook. meed |mēd| noun a deserved share or reward: He must extract from her some meed of approbation.

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 9, 2011, 4:47am  •  0 vote

@evath ... Well, you're written a lot and so this may ramble a bit. My binding to the net is terrible today ... I've already lost it once. Your opinion is your opinion and that's ok. Without lookin

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 9, 2011, 3:33am  •  0 vote

@Jayles ... You likely can see that akinship between hight and heissen. Nowadays we'd likely say, "There was a knight called Theseus" or named Theseus. It has a twisted history in ME ... It was

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 8, 2011, 4:22pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... Yea, someone has used my screen name as well ... If it isn't in red, then it likely isn't from me.

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 8, 2011, 7:48am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... English brooks the forefast ur- as in urtext. We even have ursprache! It has ruffly the same meaning as ōr- in OE. ur- |ʊ(ə)r| comb. form primitive; original; earliest: urtext.

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 7, 2011, 8:42pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... LOL ... Not a big deal to me as long as someone doesn't say, "This is myself!" ... I think I cringe at the unrightly brooking of reflexive pronouns only because folks do it when they'r

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 7, 2011, 6:49pm  •  0 vote

I just found a website for "freespeling" http://freespeling.com/ What bothers me about the website is that they held a "world vote" on a list of words ... and the spelling reforms show it. I brook som

Re: “enamored with” and “enamored by”  •  November 7, 2011, 6:20pm  •  0 vote

Looks like the OED accepts of, with, and by: enamor |iˈnamər| (chiefly Brit. enamour ) verb (be enamored of/with/by) --- I usually hear with or by ... of sounds a little odd to me but it seems

Re: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”  •  November 7, 2011, 6:01pm  •  1 vote

"Would of, should of, could of" ... Outside of the slangy idiomatic saying, you're right ... even then it could still be written "would've, should've, could've" or I'd take "would'av(e), should'av(e),

Re: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?  •  November 7, 2011, 5:42pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... Only when it makes sense! LOL ... Otherwise blame it on the French! (Always blame the French ... ).

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  November 7, 2011, 3:51pm  •  1 vote

@Derek ... That's pure nonsense since the question was out of context. Thus it was left to us here on the forum to try to place in some sort of context that makes sense. As you pointed it out, it was

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 7, 2011, 4:23am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... I didn't mean those words were a threat to English but only to show that English alreddy brooks words from umbe the world so the all-worlders can't truly bemoan that English is not "inc

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 7, 2011, 3:13am  •  0 vote

Vow is a Latinate ... as is promise oath - solemn promise behight - to vow, to pledge, to intrust, to call, to designate; also a noun; early meaning of hight was a vow and to vow also but now is

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 6, 2011, 7:02pm  •  0 vote

@Jayles ... As I said, we have met the widderwin and he is us. (BTW, widder [also wider or wither or sundry others] means against, contra, counter ... for byspel, widdershins (in the wordbook) is

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 6, 2011, 4:58pm  •  0 vote

Yes, ranch has a long, twisted etym. Range has the same root. What made you look that word up? Anent one-world English ... English alreddy had many words from sundry other tungs ... tomato, chocola

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 6, 2011, 8:01am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... I think the befuddling would be to look in world-english wordbook and see tr and intr (transitive and intransitive) or cf and cp (compare) and then go to an erd-english wordbook and see

Re: What can I do besides...  •  November 6, 2011, 1:40am  •  0 vote

I think we all agree that the first one sounds wrong. This was raised by an ESL learner. I told her that the second two were better. I was just trying to put my finger on why. @Dogreed, I think th

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 5, 2011, 5:32am  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... I don't think we have two sunder wordbooks ... it would befuddle folks to go back and forth. It's alreddy befuddling enuff for ESL folks to go between American English and British Engli

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 4, 2011, 10:04pm  •  1 vote

@Hairy Scot ... How ironic is it that the Scots have kept so many of the Old English words?! ... Many times I see word mark "obsolete or Scottish" ... or "archaic or Scottish". If it weren't for the S

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 4, 2011, 6:47pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... I'm aware of the Anglish Moot. I commend their enthusiasm even if some of their efforts have been a little wild and not thought out ... but even those make one think about things so th

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 4, 2011, 6:18pm  •  0 vote

@Mediator ... LOL ... then what would you say about "tungful"? ... That's on OE word ... care to guess? tungful - talkative ... I know that a lot of talkative folks spout a lot of dung but somehow

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 4, 2011, 5:16pm  •  0 vote

LOL ... It's truly onefold (simple) ... I will shove back at least as hard as I am shoved ... often harder. I'm bendable (flexible) when it comes to many things. I don't care if you brook pleaded or p

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 4, 2011, 3:32pm  •  0 vote

Everyone should know most of these 50 and the 30 or more that I added in the comments. AnWulf 50 Words with the Most Whimsical Prefix by Mark Nichol The prefix be- has a variety of interesting

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 4, 2011, 4:21am  •  0 vote

Tenses from OE future - tóweardnes f ... towardness past tense - forðgewiten tíd/tíma ... (forðgewîtan - to go forth, pass, proceed, go by: depart, die. ... forðgewitenes f. departure) past - a

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 4, 2011, 3:19am  •  0 vote

@Jayles ... I'm still working getting folks to brook asf (and so forth) instead of etc. and fb (for byspel) instead of eg! I've been using lk for liken instead of cf (?) or cp for compare. But yoked (

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 3, 2011, 8:19pm  •  0 vote

Well, I was like the writer on the forum ... I wondered what the "telling part" was as well. I did a quick search and it seems that it is mostly brooked in grade school (the first few grades). But I d

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 3, 2011, 6:17pm  •  0 vote

@Mediator ... If you aren't worried about "correctness" or "elegance" then why shun them? "Toys are playthings, that are meant to be played with." There, I fixed it for ya. "Toys are intended f

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 3, 2011, 4:06pm  •  0 vote

@Jayles ... Overblown is good! Stretch would work as well I think. Here's something for you from another forum: [[[The telling part I was checking the nieceling's homework when I saw something

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  November 3, 2011, 12:58pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy ... That's a difference between British and American usage then. I would never say "the team are ..." That just doesn't work in American English. The team is taking the field. The team is w

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 3, 2011, 2:32am  •  0 vote

@Jayles ... The anterior paragraph ... that's sad and funny! The thing with unconscious is that is has two meaning that are nearly akin. One is to be unaware, unwitting, or unknowing and the other

Re: “On accident” and “study on . . .”  •  November 2, 2011, 4:44pm  •  0 vote

Here is a map of the usage ... sadly, one of those blue dots falls on my city. http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_98.html

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  November 2, 2011, 4:40pm  •  0 vote

^^^ Ing, I know that ... Why do you think I thought otherwise?

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 1, 2011, 4:24am  •  0 vote

I should add that "evenness" is also uniformity ... Does uniformity imply equality? As for yoked = transitive ... I'll have to umthink that one a while. To yoke something is to bind it with another

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 1, 2011, 4:14am  •  0 vote

Evenness could also work ... tho sometimes it doesn't match up with "equality" ... sometimes it does. At least there seems to be a big tale of bypels and there almost seems to be a lothing (loathing)

Re: “Anglish”  •  October 31, 2011, 4:43pm  •  0 vote

@Ængelfolc ... Thanks! You know ... sometimes something is looking one right in the eyes and you don't see it! lol I had never looked up the etym of "like" ... sure enuff ... it comes from a shorte

Re: Over exaggeration  •  October 31, 2011, 6:05am  •  0 vote

I've never used it but it seems so: 1983, International Symposium on Theory and Practice in Transport: Academics tend to be very sceptical of oil forecasts made by the major oil companies as they

Re: “Anglish”  •  October 31, 2011, 5:56am  •  0 vote

@jayles - The word "evenhood" (also evenhede) is in the old Century wordbook with the meaning of equality. ME also had evenship. So "inquality" would be "unevenhood". I think that we all know what "un

Re: Over exaggeration  •  October 30, 2011, 3:23pm  •  0 vote

Quoting poor logic does not help your case. Neither of you have answered the simple question: Are there degrees of exaggeration? If the answer is yes, then one can overexaggerate. It is as simple as t

Re: “American”  •  October 30, 2011, 3:08pm  •  4 votes

Yes, it is correct to refer to citizens of the USA as Americans. I truly don't think anyone in the world will not know that you are referring to the citizens of the USA. Having been to Peru and liv

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  October 30, 2011, 2:51pm  •  3 votes

You need to put the question in context. The length is eight inches (length is the subject). How long is it? It is eight inches long. (It + is) It is an eight-inch board. What is the distance

Re: Over exaggeration  •  October 29, 2011, 6:07pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot ... Can you "slightly" exaggerate? Can you "greatly" exaggerate? If you can "greatly" exaggerate, then you can "excessively" exaggerate. If you can "excessively" exaggerate, then you have

Re: Over exaggeration  •  October 29, 2011, 11:07am  •  0 vote

Yes, the facts remain that there are degrees of exaggeration whether you like them or not. (OED) Prefix over- 1 excessively; to an unwanted degree Are you saying that it is not possible to exagg

Re: “On accident” and “study on . . .”  •  October 29, 2011, 10:10am  •  0 vote

@K ... I agree with you, more or less, but only so far. One can be too pedantic. We all have our pet peeves but I'd like to think that we can see that we make mistakes. I'm the king of typos ... and p

Re: attorneys general vs. attorney generals  •  October 28, 2011, 3:59am  •  1 vote

@Brus ... not in the US Army. The adjective comes before noun ... brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general ... thus brigadier generals, major generals, lieutenant generals. General is the

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  October 28, 2011, 3:53am  •  2 votes

From the OED: usage: In US English, the adverb form is sometimes spelled backwards ( the ladder fell backwards), but the adjective is almost always backward ( a backward glance). Directional words

Re: “Anglish”  •  October 28, 2011, 3:39am  •  0 vote

@dogreed ... It is eath to see, that you have not read the thread since, if you had, you wouldn't write such benighted words. I know it is a long thread ... but read it thru and if you wish to discuss

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