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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 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
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
But why? It is a place and every student learns that place names are 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.
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. :-|
Feb
22
comment What is the correct way to pronounce 'router'?
Wait, British network admins actually say rooter‽ :-o
Feb
22
comment What is the correct pronunciation of “AJAX”?
It should be Ay-Jacks to be more precise.
Feb
14
comment Singular or plural noun in a sentence after using both in a related conjunction?
but with the second one, you end up with problems is. How does one reconcile the plural problems with the singular is? Oops, nevermind, JSBangs has addressed that.
Oct
11
comment Prepositions at the end of sentence and whom
'whom', almost uniquely amongst pronoun forms, has fallen out of common usage in the last century or so, so using it at all sounds strange to the modern ear I assume you mean in this specific context. I have very frequently heard people correcting the use of who/whom on television alone (The Office did a whole scene about it).