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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 What words should be capitalized in “to whom it may concern”?
@DougM - If you can back that up with a citation, I'll add it to my answer to make it more complete.
Jul
27
comment What words should be capitalized in “to whom it may concern”?
@C.Chadwick You make a good point. I did some research, and it seems I was correct but for the wrong reason. I've updated this answer.
Nov
13
comment How to refer to members of the House of Representatives?
This looks like it's more of a word ID question. I'll see if English will take it.
Apr
19
comment Any idea of the origin of using the term 'gucci' for parts?
This is a question about the derivation of a word, not about cycling. Perhaps migrate to English?
Feb
9
comment Quantify product-appropriateness score
@MετάEd - Thanks for the mention, but I'm afraid that requests to rephrase small bits of text are off-topic on Writers. If this user had a longer piece of copy (say a few paragraphs) it would be on-topic, but the intent of this question might be lost. This sounds like something that could be most easily addressed in chat.
Feb
3
comment December 15th to December 16th
There are 59 minutes in an hour? :D
Dec
21
comment How is she to describe how she likes him, when he doesn't know?
Writers mod here. We don't handle questions about what to write. This is really more of a discussion forum question, and is unanswerable in its current form.
Oct
18
comment Trouble coming up with a good starting sentence for an essay
@JAM - You point out the problem: Stack Exchange sites are not meant for discussion, they're question and answer sites, not discussion forums.
Oct
18
comment Trouble coming up with a good starting sentence for an essay
@JAM - This was closed there; rephrasing requests are off-topic there, since there cannot possibly be a single correct answer. Longer critique questions, however, are fine, although there are guidelines even for those.
Oct
5
comment Sentence completion question
@Kris - The way this question is structured makes it a bad fit for any SE site, I think. It would probably get closed on Writers, or at least downvoted. I think question would be more answerable here if it were concerned with grammatical solutions.
Aug
18
comment How do native English speakers respond to “Thank you”?
@Chan-HoSuh - A smile, or perhaps some other non-verbal acknowledgement. (A polite nod, or bowing one's head, etc; they all mean, more or less, "I heard you and send nice happy nonverbal thoughts in your general direction.")
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
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!