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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.


Jul
27
comment Is 'verbiage' still considered to be insulting?
Too many notes!
Jul
27
comment Is 'verbiage' still considered to be insulting?
I would take it as offensive as well -- but when I was young, I had the same misconception as the OP. So this isn't an isolated thing.
Jul
27
comment Are greetings and salutations redundant in an e-mail?
This is the best answer here, I think.
Jul
27
comment Are greetings and salutations redundant in an e-mail?
Emails that don't include at least a salutation (unless it's an ongoing thread) come across to me as curt and rude, and unless I know the person, significantly affect how I respond to the email.
Jul
25
comment What do you call someone who makes a request?
@Alan - In a business environment, "requestor" is quite common. However, I can't find this form of the word (or "requester") in any dictionary other than the free dictionary. Anyone else have any luck?
Jul
25
comment Commas after Conjunctions
Good answer, but I have a quibble: Your final example with em dashes isn't any more grammatical than the equivalent answer with commas. All it does is change the feel of the sentence; an em dash has a more urgent, choppy feel than a comma when used in dialog. Which ungrammatical sentence one uses depends on the feel one is looking to convey.
Jul
20
answered Breaking down “Of his honour and his glory, the people would sing” into subject, verb, predicate
Jul
12
comment What is the commonly accepted pronunciation of FAQ?
@RegDwight - They pronounce it "Dark Star".
Jul
9
comment Ambiguity of “Dogs must be carried on this escalator”
I disagree with you, I think the sign should be reworded. But your answer is hilarious! :)
Jul
9
comment Is there an English phrase for an inability to actually *leave* already?
Yeah, this is probably common to many nationalities and creeds. For another example, I commonly hear this referred to as a "Jewish goodbye".
Jul
7
comment “What it is that is” versus “what is”
Or it could be someone trying to sound more important by using moar words.
Jul
6
comment Differences between “Can you play the guitar?” and “Can you play guitar?”
Not in my experience. Do you have examples?
Jul
6
comment What is an expression for something you particularly like?
How about "Bring on the Swedish girls!" (To make it less gauche, add "if you would" to the end.)
Jul
6
suggested suggested edit on “What it is that is” versus “what is”
Jul
6
answered “What it is that is” versus “what is”
Jul
6
answered How to describe something that is very likely happening immediately?
Jul
3
comment Why names such as Hastings-on-Hudson?
Huh, didn't see that when I read the answer before, I obviously missed it. I wonder if towns choose these names in an attempt to push up property values? (Nice answer, by the way.)
Jul
3
revised What is the reason or proper usage of “price” and “pricing”?
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Jul
3
comment Why names such as Hastings-on-Hudson?
Another reason for these names is the prestige of the name "Hudson". Having a view of the Hudson River, at least in New York City, means the property is expensive. It's not hard to make the jump to this logic being applied to Croton on Hudson, Hastings on Hudson, et cetera--all towns north of the city on the river.
Jul
3
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