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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…


Jul
2
answered An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
Jun
24
comment Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
Yes, as a programmer, I am familiar with logical operators. I was wondering more about something that would be used in prose to avoid verbose sentences of the form one of this or that or this or that but not both.
Jun
24
revised What are the names of the pieces of a question mark?
Added title and author of text.
Jun
24
comment Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
> The virgule is used only when indicating a line break in an inline quotation. That may once have been, but today it is just a synonym for slash.
Jun
24
asked Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
Jun
24
suggested suggested edit on Why do we use '/' sign as a representation of 'or'?
Jun
9
awarded  Notable Question
Jun
6
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Jun
1
comment Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case)
Hehe, very funny. :-P
May
31
awarded  Nice Question
May
20
awarded  Popular Question
May
6
accepted Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case)
Jan
27
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
8
comment Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark
That’s fine with really short things, but it would be incredibly unwieldy and illegible with long things like URLs, but even with shorter things like words or phrases.
Jan
8
comment Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark
I thought of that but the question mark is displaced by a significant amount, especially with a longer URL. And it does not address a list. Did you mean this http://foobar.baz/blah/someone/site/search?query=something&width=1024&height=768‌​;q=5&otherstuff=somethingelse;flashvars=one%20other%25thing%226?
Dec
14
comment How can you make “to be” explicit and simple in this future conditional sentence?
How about If Jerry gets bad… or If Jerry becomes bad… or If Jerry does not stay good…?
Dec
14
accepted Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark
Dec
14
comment Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark
I like the note about colon usage in terms of lists, but I don’t think it applies to the first case (introduction of a specific piece of related information). I already make a habit of putting URLs on a separate, indented line.
Dec
13
asked Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark
Dec
13
answered What are the names of the pieces of a question mark?