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age 35
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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…


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.
May
18
comment Advice for using multiple same-gender personal pronouns in the same sentence
That could work for a novel or something, but it’s too prosaic for uses requiring more flat, narrative text.
May
18
comment Ambiguity when a sentence contains multiple possessive pronouns
I was thinking that Billy’s friend and Billy’s father were there. sounded too verbose. I suppose that removing the “his” could actually help. That’s not bad.
Apr
22
comment What is the correct way to pronounce 'router'?
@Martin, you do realize that a lot of people pronounce travel lines like route 66 as r-out right? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an airplane being re-rooted, only re-r-outed.
Apr
9
comment Using the gerund two times in a row
@John Assymptoth, He was considering running for office. She was avoiding telling him. I ended up stopping watching it.
Mar
22
comment Tendency of using pronouns 'she/her' when talking about a random person
Agreed. The usage of female pronouns in texts started becoming more common with the explosion of the political-correctness movement of the late 90’s. As mentioned, it does feel more specific (as though it is referring to a specific female) than when the masculine is used which feels more generic.
Mar
22
comment Proper/official pronunciation of “conch”
Now that you mention it, a recent episode of Top Chef used conch as the main ingredient and every single person (four contestants, four judges, and several guests) all pronounced it “conk”.
Mar
5
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
@vgv8, role-playing-game like Dungeons & Dragons or World of Warcraft. Fantasy things like those tend to have multiple planes, dimensions, worlds, heavens, hells, etc.
Mar
3
comment Proper/official pronunciation of “conch”
Hearing conch pronounced like church somehow makes it sound “American”, as though the speaker is less educated, similar to when (and I’ve only ever heard Americans pronounce it like this) the second ‘g’ in garage is said as ‘j’ (as in jump) as opposed to the ‘zh’ sound that everyone else uses.
Mar
3
comment Proper/official pronunciation of “conch”
Well, I went to school in Canada, and that’s where I first heard it, in second grade. Matthew Perry was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Ottawa, then moved to L.A. at 15. I suppose he could have heard the word for the first time when he was older in America.
Mar
3
comment Proper/official pronunciation of “conch”
Dang, I was hoping it derives from another language (Hawaiian?) that would make give a conclusive pronunciation.
Mar
2
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
@Jasper Loy, but then so is My House. :-)