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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…


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
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?
Jul
9
comment An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
In English, "stupid" is considered much more insulting than "fool".
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
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.
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
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
1
comment Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case)
Hehe, very funny. :-P
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
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
4
comment “Everything is not…”
Hehe, I guess I took your advice. :-D
Dec
4
comment “Everything is not…”
@Manhnax, would the question be any better if the words “really annoyed” were removed? Suddenly/magically the question becomes valid? It’s a simple question: is it legitimate grammar? would an English teacher complain?
Dec
4
comment “Everything is not…”
> Your perception is incorrect @Peter, well it is a subject perception. I had heard few, if any times for a few decades then pretty much every week (at least on screen).
Dec
4
comment “Everything is not…”
> If you want to annoy people using it, misunderstood them. Huh?