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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…


Mar
1
comment Using Multiple Sentence Stoppers?
I use the Unicode character for the interrobang on the occasion that I use such a sentence online. I use it (partly to show off :-p), mostly to expose people to Unicode—particularly North Americans who are used to using the Plain-Jane Latin alphabet with no diacritics (basic ASCII), and are unaware of the fact that there is a whole, wide world of language out there beyond their little sphere of knowledge. I figure that it will occasionally spark someone’s curiosity and get them to look into it and learn something.
Mar
1
comment “At the beginning of the century” or “in the beginning of the century”?
My mother absolutely hates this exact distinction; for example she complains that saying the kids are at school sounds like the kids have been splattered against the side of the building (like throwing a ball at the school). I’ve tried explaining that the kids could still be at school but not in school because they may be in the playground, but that just makes her imagine the kids buried in the ground.
Mar
1
comment Using the gerund two times in a row
At least you have a conjunction between the two gerunds. I have experienced sentences in which two gerunds occur in a row with nothing between them. Those sentences, while clear in meaning feel so incredibly unnatural and awkward. (I wish I could think of an example now…)
Mar
1
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
of the Corn, sounds good to me. @advs89, true, but in this economy, a job is a job. :-D
Mar
1
accepted Should “Hell” be capitalized?
Mar
1
comment What is the pronunciation of parenthesized ‘read’?
That’s one of the explanations given in one of the MetaFilter threads, but a compelling argument for the other way is also given there. :-|
Mar
1
comment What is the pronunciation of parenthesized ‘read’?
@Benjol, actually the colon works for the opposite as well.
Mar
1
awarded  Commentator
Mar
1
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
I suppose in the context of an RPG where there could be multiple hells, then sure, but in the Biblical context, there is a single Hell, regardless of existence, thus making it a proper noun. As for la-la-land, if it is used as a synonym for Los Angeles, then I believe it is indeed capitalized.
Mar
1
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
From WikiPedia: A proper noun or proper name is a noun representing a unique entity, as distinguished from a common noun, which describes a class of entities. Unless “Toilet” is a specific city, then it isn’t analogous.
Mar
1
asked Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case)
Mar
1
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
But why? It is a place and every student learns that place names are capitalized.
Mar
1
asked Should “Hell” be capitalized?
Mar
1
comment How bad is the f-word, really?
I agree about the current shift. I have noticed that several more expletives are now common on network television in North America.
Mar
1
asked What is the pronunciation of parenthesized ‘read’?
Feb
28
awarded  Editor
Feb
28
revised Singular or plural noun in a sentence after using both in a related conjunction?
Added another example.
Feb
28
asked Do any non-transitive (in a mathematical sense) slang terms exist?
Feb
22
comment What is the correct pronunciation of “AJAX”?
I suppose to make it clear that the ‘a’ is pronounced like the letter, you could put it in single quotes. Most people don’t know IPA very well if at all so when I explain a pronunciation, I usually just list some words in which the sound occurs and capitalize that part. In this case I would probably write something like “d AY J ump A pple KS ” (trying to get the markdown to work)
Feb
22
comment How do you pronounce “would've”, “should've” and “could've”?
Yup, and that’s why I have seen (far too many) illiterates on the Internet actually write would of, should of, could of. :-|