Skeeter Lewis

Joined: March 16, 2012

Number of comments posted: 121

Number of votes received: 24

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Medicine or Medication?

When I first heard the lyrics, “Wake up to reality, use your...

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on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

I've always liked 'dubry' or maybe 'doobry' for a thingamaji...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

The usual BE pronunciation of 'debut' is 'daybyoo'. There's ...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

Pronounce it your own way without discussing it....

on: “I’m just saying”

Off-topic?...

on: “admits to”

Possibly: 'he admitted the charge' but 'he admitted to commi...

on: troops vs soldiers

As for 'decimate', if I didn't use it to mean 'to reduce by ...

on: troops vs soldiers

'Fortuitous' in the sense of 'accidental' was the usual mean...

on: troops vs soldiers

Porsche, I don't think my strictures about 'cohort' can be c...

on: troops vs soldiers

Incidentally, Will, the social sciences have a lot to answer...

on: troops vs soldiers

Decimated! Quite. An other one is 'fortuitous' which, some y...

on: troops vs soldiers

It's true that some descriptivist dictionaries list the wron...

on: troops vs soldiers

Another term that gets misused to mean a single person is 'c...

on: Pronunciation of “gill”

Yes, I'm intrigued also as to why Stephen Fry is 'erstwhile'...

on: Pronunciation of “gill”

It's 'jill' for the English too....

on: Pronunciation of “often”

Will - I agree. There are all sorts of variations and change...

on: Pronunciation of “often”

The pronunciation awf'n is becoming old-fashioned and of'n o...

on: Pronunciation of “often”

'Of'en' is what I generally hear but, yes, 'often' is creepi...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

"Three months later I was on a Norwegian freighter out of Ha...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

Ships are said to be 'out of' a certain port. One might spea...

on: Correspondence

Will, we'll have to agree to differ. The language that peopl...

on: Correspondence

Will - one can make judgments about English usage so long as...

on: Correspondence

Will - interesting question: 'does it really matter?' If th...

on: Correspondence

When I make a dogmatic statement such as "such and such a wo...

on: Correspondence

Point taken, Will. The plurals that irritate are words such...

on: Correspondence

The word 'correspondences' does not exist in English. One c...

on: Idea Vs. Ideal

I've never heard 'ideal' used for 'idea'. Maybe it's an Amer...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

The learned Will mentioned 'flora and fauna but forums' as t...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

Flora and Fauna were goddesses so there was nothing to plura...

on: Preferred forms

Anwulf - In fact I said that Americans retain the old-fashi...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

Will, was that a deliberate error to keep us on our toes?...

on: Five eggs is too many

Both are fine. "Five eggs is too much" is short for "The am...

on: have gone to

I.m sure it's all right idiomatically. I think the reason it...

on: “Literally” in spoken conversation

The scandal in Europe over the origin of meat probably does ...

on: “reach out”

To me, 'reach out' smacks of feel-good Oprah-speak....

on: “Anglish”

British authors in the past eschewed latinate words on the g...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

Geoffthing - fifty-six? - you're just a baby! No wonder you'...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

I'm an older person and I've only heard the 'think' version....

on: Apostrophes

Very well researched, Will. I concede defeat....

on: Orally Aural. Oh Really?

Robert: yes, there are many regional accents but I was assum...

on: Orally Aural. Oh Really?

We British pronounce them the same. Americans say 'au' diffe...

on: Apostrophes

Thanks, Erin, for that post. I wondered where you lived. I ...

on: Apostrophes

Re: 'Jane and John's house.' If this is standard usage, it ...

on: Apostrophes

Erin - a couple of suggestions. One can't say 'me and my si...

on: Adverbs better avoided?

Some writers aim for a stripped-down style. Others like to e...

on: “ton” in the Victorian era

"Must not head mobs?" Will - what does that mean?...

on: “further” vs. “farther”

In British English both words are used. I wouldn't say that ...

on: “ton” in the Victorian era

The American word 'toney' meaning 'fashionable' is also deri...

on: “ton” in the Victorian era

'Ton' can mean either 'fashion' or 'people of fashion'. It's...

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

Bucky, that rule doesn't obtain in British English. It looks...

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

Senior moment I'm afraid, Will. I was referring to colons, n...

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

Unfortunately, Will, capitalizing after a colon is creeping ...

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

Tome, as a Brit, capitals after a colon are barbarous. ...

on: optimiSe or optimiZe ?

Thank you, Will. Very interesting. It's true I don't remembe...

on: O’clock

I'm pretty sure I've come across the usage 'a quarter of thr...

on: hanged vs. hung

Why make personal comments? I don't see the necessity. ...

on: Impact as a noun

Noisenet - I'd say you were right, not your professor. Yes, ...

on: optimiSe or optimiZe ?

Sorry - grandparents and great-grandparents. Please may we h...

on: optimiSe or optimiZe ?

As several correspondents have said, the 'ize' spelling is t...

on: Plural proper nouns ending in consonant-y

That great hunter Teddy Roosevelt - after whom the teddy bea...

on: Cow Eyes

"Hot to trot?" That would be 'bedroom eyes'....

on: Plural proper nouns ending in consonant-y

'Pony' makes 'ponies'. 'Donkey' makes 'donkeys'. But I thi...

on: Preferred forms

Perhaps 'eat' in the past tense is more standard than I allo...

on: Preferred forms

While Mr. Wilks, therefore, was thundering out, "Where are a...

on: Preferred forms

I'm sure Fielding in Tom Jones used 'eat' (so spelled) in th...

on: Preferred forms

I pronounce it to rhyme with late. The 'et' pronunciation is...

on: Preferred forms

I'm half-Welsh, brought up in Lancashire, went to a public s...

on: Preferred forms

I would say that RP is the accent associated with Oxbridge a...

on: Preferred forms

It's 'Received Pronunciation' - what in Britain is perceived...

on: Preferred forms

Agreed. I'm English and I've never cared for the 'paw' rende...

on: Preferred forms

Americans, I notice, drop the 'l' in solder. It comes out as...

on: Preferred forms

Yes, "an 'otel" was correct Englisn until not so long ago. M...

on: Someone else’s

'Passers-by' and yet 'passer-by's'. I got an ignorant red sq...

on: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

Other possibilities, I see belatedly, are 'petits cotes' (wi...

on: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

In fact, the contribution of French to Scottish English woul...

on: Past tense of “text”

'Brings in', blast it....

on: Past tense of “text”

'Text' is 'written', surely? 'I wrote you a text.' Back i...

on: Preferred forms

'Inform' is nice and simple 'Envision' is virtually unknow...

on: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

'Gardez l'eau' may be a popular etymology like 'Port Out Sta...

on: intend on doing?

I know, Jasper. This forum needs an 'edit'....

on: The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

Most terms in 'polite' use are euphemisms - restroom, bathro...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

Will - I would not presume to cast doubt on your learning, w...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

Of course many Brits use 'different to'. I hear them doing s...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

'Different to' is still avoided by educated Britons. The fac...

on: Pled versus pleaded

I have never in my life heard 'pled' being used by a Brit. I...

on: “He gave it to Michelle and I”

Okay, objective.......

on: “He gave it to Michelle and I”

Prepositions take the accusative.....

on: Heaven or heaven?

Percy - thanks for your post. It's an interesting point abou...

on: Heaven or heaven?

The word 'city' is not capitalized but the British refer to ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

" If I was the prime minister" suggests that he can't rememb...

on: Verb-tense agreement for a quote that is still true

You're right, Will. Many authorities acknowledge backshiftin...

on: Verb-tense agreement for a quote that is still true

You don't need to backshift with universal truths, e.g. "Cop...

on: Verb-tense agreement for a quote that is still true

It's not relevant that the situation still exists. Her state...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Caché? Did someone write that?...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

This question has been around for a long time. Let me quote ...

on: Pronunciation: aunt

As an Englishman, I've heard 'ant' and 'ahnt'. There is cert...

on: Medicine or Medication?

Will Thanks for your response. I agree that differences be...

on: Loose = Lose?

It's odd that 'to' and 'too' are confused so much on line, a...

on: I’ve no idea

Interesting, Partial. Perhaps it's a question of the distin...

on: I’ve no idea

'I've no idea' is fine because there is no emphasis on 'have...

on: Difference between acronyms and initials?

The vogue for pronounceable acronyms has swept the board. In...

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