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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
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?
Aug
26
comment Why does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?
> the plural of fly (as noun) can be flies or fly, Huh? So I may have seen five fly? o.O > boy and boys, day and days Good point, but I wasn’t talking universally. > Just be happy that you don't have to learn two sets of rules. Technically yes, you don’t have to learn two sets of rules, you have to learn four inconsistent sets of rules: two for pluralizing nouns that end in -y, and two for 3rd-person verbs.
Aug
25
comment Why does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?
@kiamlaluno, again, that is a noun and you are pluralizing it. I don’t care about nouns or plurals. I’m talking about the 3rd-person verb.
Aug
25
comment Why does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?
Ross is correct.
Jun
3
comment Is “Didn't used to have been” a valid structure?
@Robusto, @Colin, actually, I’d say it’s because didn’t use to is hard to use in a real sentence. It sounds okay on its own, but it does not fit in an actual sentence; you would have to insert an “it” or something: didn’t use it to….
May
19
comment Is there a better / correct term for the de facto usage of ‘ironic’?
So they’re dilettantes as well? Okay then; thanks.
May
19
comment Is there a better / correct term for the de facto usage of ‘ironic’?
@NateMPLS, well there goes the rest of my night… :-|
May
19
comment Is there a better / correct term for the de facto usage of ‘ironic’?
So then people who nag that the use of the term “ironic” is incorrect in that context are just being pedantic?
May
18
comment What does “P.U.” (in reference to stinkiness) stand for?
It’s not the letters ‘p’ and ‘u’, it’s a “word” (and may not even have an official spelling like most guttural noises), and I’m fairly sure it’s supposed to be an ‘f’ sound at the beginning, not a ‘p’. That said, I too am having trouble finding an authoritative spelling/definition for it.