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Mar
29
comment Word request: Well-known and generally accepted
I have edited my answer to include the clear definition from the OED. The word "conventional" has 12 definitions, "anecdotal" has 2, "common" has 5, and "mainstream" has 2. Sure, anything can be used as a buzzword, and that has nothing to do with whether there are clear definitions.
Mar
28
comment Word request: Well-known and generally accepted
Kris, did the OP specifically ask for positive connotations? I don't see any hint of this in the question.
Mar
28
comment Word request: Well-known and generally accepted
Kris, isn't that true for any of the other suggested words? The words conventional, anecdotal, common, and mainstream can all be used where specific evidence would be more convincing.
Mar
27
comment “More clear” vs “Clearer”: when to use “more” instead of “-er”?
It's not too surprising that "more clear" is more popular: "clearer" is a bit of a mouthful.
Mar
26
comment Why is “primer” pronounced with a short “i” sound?
I'm surprised this answer is so highly rated. It assumes that the short-i is a recent phenomenon (which it's not), and it doesn't give any information about regional variations or history.
Mar
24
comment Testing software by giving the output back as input
There is a wide variety of answers, each of which is consistent with the question, but none of which is consistent with another. I think this indicates that the question is poorly worded and incomplete.
Mar
23
comment Analogue of “most recent” for events in the future
@TomAuger, indeed, the ambiguity about what type of distance makes me wish for something a little bit better.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
My point was that usage panels aren't the only way of dealing with disagreement on a language question. The alternative is to just disagree because a question often just comes down to personal opinion.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
@TimLymington, teachers have the authority to correct their students' English. It's their job. I had plenty of essays in high school that were graded according to the teacher's personal preference, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
Teachers don't consult or cite sources for every correction. They just apply their personal opinion, which 90% of the time will happen to agree with the sort of sources that you describe.
Mar
23
comment On what juristic basis are students corrected when making mistakes in an English class?
The American Heritage Dictionary is prescriptive, right? More descriptive dictionaries like the OED wouldn't bother with usage panels, would they?
Mar
23
comment Is “iff” considered a real word or just an abbreviation?
@Konrad, specifically who considers it an abomination? That's a strong statement, and I think there are many, many people who would disagree. Are you referring specifically to usage outside of mathematics?
Mar
22
comment Is 'hair' singular or plural?
"I just pull out one of your white hair" still needs to be changed.
Mar
22
comment How should I describe 2:45?
I agree that "two-forty-five" is much more common with young Americans than "quarter-to-three."
Mar
22
comment Why is it “time we ate” and not “time we eat”?
"Your examples are correct, and replacing them with simple present tense verbs wouldn't be standard usage." Can you provide a citation? I'm not convinced this is true.