Tom in TX

Joined: November 13, 2011  (email not validated)

Number of comments posted: 14

Number of votes received: 24

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Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  May 13, 2012, 7:35pm  •  2 votes

Suzanne, I always thought that "my bad" came from basketball, where the player committing a foul has to raise his/her hand, thus publically accepting guilt. [As an aside, my spell checker is upset wi

Re: Texted  •  January 30, 2012, 9:08am  •  1 vote

[From Tom in TX, I'm told someone else is using that name.] "Yesterday, I cast my net into the sea". I certainly didn't "casted" it. I'm starting to see the light. What's the name

Re: Texted  •  November 13, 2011, 6:30pm  •  8 votes

Having only one tongue, I can't say "texted" in one syllable. @Stee, You text your mother the other day? Cool. I phone my mother last week. Does that *really* sound correct to you? I

Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  November 13, 2011, 5:15pm  •  3 votes

CitySpeak, I didn't understand your question: "What is the word to describe a person who sets himself or herself above others simply by the use of their vocabulary?" Do you mean intentionally, like

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  November 13, 2011, 4:35pm  •  1 vote

The "L" is definitely not silent in "walk" and "talk". They may not *sound* like l's, but they're not pronounced "wack" and "tack". Come to think of it, there may be places where they *are* pronounc

Re: The opposite of “awaken”?  •  November 13, 2011, 3:19pm  •  0 vote

"To awaken the masses..." "To beslumber the masses..." "I was awakened by the alarm." "I was beslumbered by the gentle ocean waves." @Daniel...Why not just answer the question?

Re: Word for Twitter Whores?  •  November 13, 2011, 3:06pm  •  0 vote

I agree with tim.heuett. New technology spawns new words, which is as it should be.

Re: Try and  •  November 13, 2011, 2:59pm  •  1 vote

I really ain't so sure that common usage makes a phrase correct, but at least we're trying to hone in on the question. And dickshunaries don't got the last say on spellin, neither.

Re: Green eyes  •  November 13, 2011, 2:25pm  •  0 vote

I would think either jealous or naive, depending on the context.

Re: I dove my hat  •  November 13, 2011, 2:03pm  •  0 vote

I would assume that "dove" is past-tense for "doff". "Yesterday, I dove my hat to a sweet old lady". Pronounced with a long "o", not like the bird.

Re: “hone in” vs. “home in”  •  November 13, 2011, 1:28pm  •  1 vote

I don't normally defense sports casters, but "hone in on" just sounds more edumicated. And I think the point might be "getting closer and closer to the target". You "hone in" on your target by menta

Re: eg, e.g., or eg.  •  November 13, 2011, 1:03pm  •  1 vote

@Ophelia Love the visual! Glad I can contribute SOMEthing to this site!!!

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  November 13, 2011, 1:01pm  •  1 vote

@AnWulf I don't think I'm a registered user, but my name appears in red. I just discovered this website today; perhaps the rules have changed? I appreciate your passion for language. However, I su

Re: eg, e.g., or eg.  •  November 13, 2011, 12:12pm  •  5 votes

Ophelia, with "etc.", why would you put a period after "et"? "Et", as you say, isn't an abbreviation. As to your original question, I find it a bit disheartening that you find a no-dot "eg" in an