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I don't regard myself as particularly interested in English language and usage, but it is undeniable that I've often discussed them with friends.

I used to think my friends and I spent way too much time arguing details, but the experts on English StackExchange definitely have taken that to a new level (with plenty of newbie biting and antisocial behavior). So this is not a place I enjoy spending much time on, although I appreciate the good advice sprinkled throughout by the less ego-driven, well-meaning contributors.

Relevant info to know about me:

  • Native fluency in American English
  • Descriptivist

Aug
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awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
18
comment “Comparing” vs “A comparison of ”
Yet your link to Wikipedia starts out with "In linguistics, a verbal noun is a noun...."
Aug
18
comment Why are words ending in “-um” and “-us” pluralized to end in “-a” and “-i”, respectively?
Good examples! I should have put a smiley after my comment; it was meant somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
Aug
18
suggested suggested edit on Using 'very' with a noun
Aug
18
awarded  Editor
Aug
18
revised How popular is the word ‘Lede’? Why should it be ‘Political Ledes,’ not ‘Political Catches / Leads ’?
better linkage
Aug
18
answered How popular is the word ‘Lede’? Why should it be ‘Political Ledes,’ not ‘Political Catches / Leads ’?
Aug
18
comment Why do we say a check “bounced”?
@Jim You should ask that as a separate question! I'm curious too.
Aug
18
awarded  Critic
Aug
18
comment Difference between “commit suicide” and “suicide”
Obviously we travel in different circles, Daniel. I've heard suicide as a verb often; however, it's been disparaged by some of my more literate friends as basically being incorrect. I'd say they agree that most people actually understand what it means and is not actually confusing. This is based on their experiences teaching high school English. They see it as a common usage amongst their students which they need to stamp out. Needless to say, they were quite flabbergasted when we opened up the OED and found suicide as a verb!
Aug
18
comment Why are words ending in “-um” and “-us” pluralized to end in “-a” and “-i”, respectively?
@MikeBrown But octopi and platypi are acceptable plural forms. Basically there's not much point to keeping track of whether a word is Greek or Latin if it ends in something like us; you might as well pluralize using i since people will make that mistake and then it becomes common usage
Aug
18
answered “Comparing” vs “A comparison of ”
Aug
17
answered How and why have some words changed to a complete opposite?
Aug
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awarded  Teacher
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awarded  Supporter