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I'm a freelance editor and avid reader. I love the English language despite it's maddeningly illogical grammar and syntax.


Jun
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Jun
8
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Apr
26
comment What does “Barack Obama, circa 2008, may have just clinched the Republican nomination for President in 2012” mean?
It's confusing me as well! Can you point me at the original source? Maybe that would help.
Apr
26
comment What does “Barack Obama, circa 2008, may have just clinched the Republican nomination for President in 2012” mean?
It's not you, this is confusingly written.
Apr
26
comment Is there a term for named chapters in a work of fiction?
Is my clarification to the first sentence in-line with your intent?
Apr
26
revised Is there a term for named chapters in a work of fiction?
Clarified the first sentence
Apr
25
comment Is there a term for named chapters in a work of fiction?
As far as I know, there is no such word in practical use. If I used the terms "rubricating" or "incipiting" when suggesting that an author title their chapters, most of my writers would have to look those words up. While there may be a term for chapter titles or the act of titling a chapter, it's something very rare not in common usage.
Apr
25
comment Is there a term for named chapters in a work of fiction?
Please, don't send this to writers. Identifying words is not what we do and this will be closed if migrated there. (I am a mod on Writers.)
Apr
4
comment “commit suicide” In A Literary Way
Please stop migrating these to Writers; these single-phrase questions with no context will simply be closed, pending further edits to provide context and specific questions about the excerpt.
Apr
1
comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
There's an easy solution: Don't do that. It's best to rephrase to avoid silly constructions like "SOS's's" that nobody would ever actually write.
Apr
1
comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
@tchrist - Source?
Mar
28
comment Where can I find a reasonably well recognized free style guide that is online?
The Economist's online component is quite limited; I highly recommend the printed book. Not only direct and to the point, but funny!
Mar
27
comment Is “iff” considered a real word or just an abbreviation?
@GEdgar - The noun form is in the online OED as well, but listed as an abbreviation, not a word.
Mar
4
comment Is “Many thanks” a proper usage?
Related: Can “thanks in advance” be considered rude?
Feb
26
comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
@Jared - You pick a method and stick to it.
Feb
24
revised What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
added 45 characters in body
Feb
23
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Feb
22
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
30
comment When to write the word “parenthetically”
You would write it here: "Parenthetically". (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Jan
6
comment First usage of “get a handle on it”
It's not the same meaning, but it's similar enough to be relevant to the passage in the manuscript I'm working on. Thanks!