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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.


Feb
24
revised What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
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Feb
23
awarded  Nice Answer
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!
Jan
6
accepted First usage of “get a handle on it”
Jan
6
comment First usage of “get a handle on it”
@PeterRowell - She should probably never work on alternate history or steampunk, then. :)
Jan
6
awarded  Excavator
Jan
6
revised Words with different meanings in American and British English
Added "pencil eraser"
Jan
3
answered “Mic” as an abbreviation for microwave
Dec
30
comment First usage of “get a handle on it”
Interesting, I thought this phrase came about no earlier than the 1950's. This is helpful!
Dec
30
comment First usage of “get a handle on it”
@Kris - Certainly this is possible. And someone in the 19th century could also have invented the phrase "cowabunga, dude" as well. YMMV, but I find that even when each individual item (like this) isn't all that important on its own, checking many details like this can, in aggregate, add an additional sheen of authenticity. Similarly, failing to do this can make the reader do a little more work to believe in the story's background. And making things hard for readers is almost never advisable.
Dec
30
asked First usage of “get a handle on it”
Oct
29
comment Where did the term “OK/Okay” come from?
Just found more or less the same story in The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories (1991, p.329).
Oct
27
comment Difference between “OK” and “okay”
This is fascinating. Can you source this?
Oct
27
comment Where can I find a reasonably well recognized free style guide that is online?
@PeterTaylor - Updated the Slate link.
Oct
27
revised Where can I find a reasonably well recognized free style guide that is online?
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Sep
30
comment Title Capitalization Doubt: “If” or “if?”
@GEdgar - Grammar and usage questions are off-topic at Writers. Style questions are a bit of a grey area.
Sep
1
revised “Real time”, “real-time” or “realtime”
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Sep
1
comment “Real time”, “real-time” or “realtime”
If anyone can think of a better example, please feel free.