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Software developer, with over 20 years' experience of Unix and Windows, but who would honestly rather have his head in a book most of the time.


Apr
18
answered Another “which” question
Apr
18
comment Comma usage near title in quotes
I've seen the embedded comma in US-style speech, but never in titles. I think even in US-style writing, the comma would be best left outside the quotation marks.
Apr
18
comment Do you say “thirty past six”?
And similarly, one would never say fifteen past or fifteen to but quarter past/to instead. You would only specify minute values like fifteen, thirty or forty-five when saying the hour first, e.g. six thirty. Awkward numbers like twenty-nine would be fine this way too: we might say six twenty-nine (if reading a digital clock) but never twenty-nine past six unless for deliberate comic effect.
Apr
18
comment Grammaticality of “a high number of”
In principle, there's nothing really wrong with describing numbers as high or low, but I think it's more natural to speak of large/great or small numbers.
Apr
18
comment Make a … of himself
I don't suppose "making a statue of himself" would involve behaving like a statue.
Apr
18
comment Un-(adjective) but In-(noun) — does it ever go the other way?
@JohnLawler I'd consider your two comments a satisfactory answer - that it's about the origin of the word rather than its role in a sentence, the difference between Latin and Germanic words.
Apr
17
comment why “and then some” means considerably more?
Broadly I agree, but in the context in which I've usually seen this phrase used, it tends to mean noticeably more, so I generally consider it understatement.
Apr
17
comment “Off on a tangent” vs. “off tangent.”
That may be it, @AmigableClarkKant. If I hear (or read) "off tangent" I immediately think "But a tangent is a line away ... perpendicular ... radius .. thingy" (I half-remember it). So is "off-tangent" a movement back towards the circle, getting back on track, or a move even further away from it?
Apr
17
comment “his” may be more suitable but why is “him” not ok ?
Why was this answer downvoted? I've never heard an English-speaker say "NOUN PHRASE... of him" in this way. It might be a stretch to call it grammatically incorrect (though his/hers are at least possessive pronouns and him/her are not), but "A friend of me/him/her" is certainly not idiomatic in any English-speaking area where I've been.
Apr
16
answered why “and then some” means considerably more?
Jan
28
comment What is wrong with the word “performant”?
Yes, that's exactly it. I know in French it means "first", but to justify that word it would really have to be first, chronologically or by some other ranking. Using the French word instead allows the weaselly suggestion of superiority without needing any supporting evidence.
Oct
5
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Aug
6
awarded  Yearling
Jul
18
answered “Mostest” vs. “most”
Feb
1
comment Were “devil” and “damned” really offensive words in Victorian times?
That second quote is from the preface in my edition written by Charlotte Brontë, who explains some of the background to the book's completion and publication.
Nov
4
comment Legos not LEGO?
Yes. Some in the UK might go to the trouble of saying "Lego bricks", but most would treat it as an uncountable noun and call it "Lego"; never "Legos".
Nov
4
revised Is it correct to say: “I would do something, be it me”?
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Nov
4
answered Is it correct to say: “I would do something, be it me”?
Aug
23
answered What is wrong with the word “performant”?
Aug
7
awarded  Yearling