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In addition to my own studies (reading Strunk and White as well as numerous other books on grammar, style, and typography), I have studied language and linguistics in University including courses on linguistics and psychology of language.

I intend to someday (get around to) create the ultimate language that is efficient, easy to learn and use and beautiful to speak and write. Yes, it’s it a laudable and lofty goal, but one can hope…


Oct
11
awarded  Yearling
Oct
3
comment Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
Hmm, I don’t understand the confusion. I see it as clearly meaning one or more. The main problem comes when stringing together more than two items in that manner; it becomes quite unwieldy.
Sep
17
comment Use of “deadpool” as a verb
You're thinking of a death pool (more specifically, a celebrity death pool).
Sep
4
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
That’s strange. I too only saw one pronunciations when I first looked at the page. o.O Thanks for pointing it out.
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
Hmm, I saw the IPA at the top of the Greek muse Wiki page, but there was none for the musical instrument. I didn’t think it might be present later in the article (I have only ever seen it at the top, but I guess if the pronunciation is noteworthy, it would have its own section). I’ll chalk it up to there indeed being two pronunciations (though all the sites I checked only listed one).
Sep
2
accepted Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@BillFranke, right, the lady was selling a ancient, mythical Greek muse. :roll: (Besides, even if I were talking about the proper noun, where do you think I got the IPA in the above question? Or maybe you think the name is pronounced cal-i-ope.)
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@BillFranke, if someone has never seen “Bill” before and pronounced it as Bile or as Beel (i is pronounced as ee in many/most languages), it does not mean an attack, nor a speech impediment; they are just pronouncing it phonetically (just like I did with Penelope when I was a child). Either way, there is a correct pronunciation and there is nothing arrogant about that. Some words have multiple pronunciations, but this one does not. I checked several sites and they all listed just one; and you have not provided a source showing another. (Besides, I never said it was correct or incorrect.)
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@BillFranke, if someone pronounced your name Bile, I doubt that you would accept it and not call it wrong.
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@tchrist, that’s what I thought, but then why would they keep pronouncing it like that after they heard head it pronounced correctly?
Sep
2
asked Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
Aug
15
awarded  Fanatic
Jul
23
awarded  Caucus
Jul
22
revised An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
Added details.
Jul
9
comment An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
In English, "stupid" is considered much more insulting than "fool".
Jul
5
accepted Why does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?
Jul
2
comment An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
@W.N., also in regards to the classic fool in the form of a court-jester.
Jul
2
awarded  Teacher
Jul
2
comment Word for partner you are living with but not married to
Note, most jurisdictions often necessitate cohabitating for a certain amount of time (usually a few years) for a common-law marriage to have legal standing. Of course there’s nothing stopping people from using it informally.
Jul
2
suggested suggested edit on “Don't I know you” vs. “do I know you”