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Editor for 30 years, mostly for veterinary/medical publications


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comment Is “layman” an offensive term?
If you're going to use it, I'd change it to layperson. Per this Wordnik entry, layman does have one definition of "a generally ignorant person." For whatever reason, layperson doesn't seem to have that definition.
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comment Is “layman” an offensive term?
Related question: english.stackexchange.com/q/77401/18655
Jan
26
answered Shall. I use a preposition here?
Jan
22
awarded  differences
Jan
16
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
15
comment Is there one word to replace 'It is/was not mine?'
Do you mean the project doesn't suit you? idioms.thefreedictionary.com/This+doesn%27t+quite+suit+me
Jan
15
answered Need a word for “Unravel in the worst possible way”
Jan
6
comment Is it grammatically acceptable to write, “by March of 2015”?
See these related links for questions about using "by" a date: english.stackexchange.com/q/56335/18655 english.stackexchange.com/q/106167/18655 english.stackexchange.com/q/74450/18655
Dec
29
comment Word which means - “decreases the beauty ”
Lackluster is one word. And it is actually more about "lacking brightness, luster, or vitality; dull" wordnik.com/words/lackluster I don't think it necessarily implies that an object was ever beautiful or shiny.
Dec
22
comment How do we know if learning some of the new words are necessary or a waste of energy?
If you want to know the frequency with which an English word is used, you can also check out the fun tool at Wordcount.org. "Wordcount data currently comes from the British National Corpus®, a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent an accurate cross-section of current English usage." wordcount.org/main.php
Dec
22
comment How do we know if learning some of the new words are necessary or a waste of energy?
Learning new words is NEVER a waste of time and energy!
Dec
16
comment What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?
I beg to differ. Those are all credentials. See these articles: ansjournalblog.com/2011/06/29/… communications.med.nyu.edu/advertising-branding/… careersdonewrite.com/blog/…
Dec
15
comment What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?
@choster Known as "credentials." :)
Dec
15
answered What's the best, most concise word for the abbreviations put after one's name to denote the achievement of degrees?
Dec
7
revised Difference between “jargon” and “technical terms”
Fixed typos
Dec
4
answered Thinking way ahead and into unnecessary details
Dec
1
comment Commas in a hyphenated series
On what basis would you delete the comma after wind-? Some people who do not use the serial or Oxford comma might advise deleting the comma after rain-, but I cannot think of a reason to delete it after wind-. Please expound.
Nov
26
answered What do you call the process of reducing inflammation or the state that inflammation has been cured?
Nov
25
comment What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?
Actually, a fungus under the aphids' exudation results in the beech blight (per the article you link to). I guess I think of blight as being a slow, withering process, which I don't think is what the OP was after. But I guess he'll decide.