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Now majoring in math, linguistics, and Asian studies, with a concentration in Japanese, at University of Tennessee, with minors in English, German, history, and computer science.

I read a lot, and all over the place, content-wise. I also have a bad tendency to use German grammar in my English writing...which actually works pretty well for me.

It's not my fault I was only formally exposed to grammar when I started learning German.

Calculus is totally sexy, and I would probably marry Gottfried Leibnitz if he were still alive. And just to cement my awesome dorkiness to the world: I decided I wanted to study linguistics after I read The Lord of the Rings and found out Tolkien was a philologist. That was the only reason I ever went on a language kick. Before that I was an art/history nerd, with emphasis on the art. Who knows why?

Fate is inexorable.


Jul
18
comment Looking for a better term than 'benign envy' or 'mudita'
...Would an exclamation like "Yay!," "That's amazing!," "Nice!," etc. be too informal? They're versatile, but, in my experience, they rarely have a negative connotation...That said, I'm tactless and don't tend to say much, so I have lower standards with this sort of thing...:)
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
13
comment Pronunciation of “especially”
@Regdwight Haha, yeah. This one just caught me off guard because I'd never seen/heard it before and because I've been learning words from books years before I heard them for quite some time. Still, that comment is pretty empty-headed in retrospect. I should probably get out more. X)
Jul
7
comment Do people perceive a difference between “phantasy” and “fantasy”?
It's also used by fangirls I know.
Jul
6
comment Why is “sherbet” pronounced “sherbert” so much?
My grandma pronounced it sherbert. Then I said I wanted some "sherbert" and my entire family laughed at me...But at least they bought me some after they made me cry! :)
Jul
6
awarded  Civic Duty
Jul
6
comment What's the opposite of “enlarge”?
That's what I'd use. As far as my browser window goes, if I hover over the "make window small" button, the word "minimize" actually pops up.
Jun
26
comment Asking a permission to ask a question by saying the word Question, followed by the actual question
Sometimes I'll say/write "Query" (because I'm a snob like that) before actually asking. It's not in any sense a demand, just my way of organising my thoughts, and I might not even expect/need an answer. I'm just ordering my thoughts out loud. Saying "Query" is equivalent to saying "Let's see," "Let me get this straight," "On the one hand," etc. It's just a different sort of indicator....I'm probably just a freak, though. :)
Jun
23
comment When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa?
@Lukman Hmm. I think it works both ways, really, but you're probably right. The trick is basically a cheap way to figure out if "to" is part of the verb or the preposition...So it would have made more sense to replace the "to" with "in order to." ...the trick still works fine as is, but thanks! I can't believe no one called me on that before...:)
Jun
15
comment Is integer a commonly understood term?
In American elementary schools (or at least the one I went to) we were taught that whole numbers were numbers that were not fractions...At that point we hadn't been introduced to the concept of negative numbers. "Integers" were introduced with negative numbers. I'm not sure if that was intentional, but when I think of whole numbers, I definitely think of nonnegative integers. But I'm a math major, so I just use "integer" anyway. Much more precise. :P
Jun
8
comment Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to?
+1 I've tried explaining this to my family half a dozen times...Furthermore, I was just forcefully reminded of that scene in Spaceballs. "When will 'then' be 'now'?!" :)
Jun
8
comment Why does “is” replace “has”?
Supporting @Peter, I don't say "has" or "is." I just say "ez" and let people figure it out. :P
Jun
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
6
comment Are there any “-nk-” or “-nc-” words in English where there isn't a “ng” before the “k” sound?
I suppose it could just be me, but there's no "ng" sound when I say "incorporated." I'll point out that I don't pronounce the first syllable like "ink." Not sure if that makes any difference...
May
28
answered Is saying “shit happens” ok?
May
28
comment Is saying “shit happens” ok?
My dad always says "C'est la vie...French for 'shit happens.'" I just thought I'd share. :P
May
28
comment What do you call words that look like a negation but are not?
Don't forget "inflammable," which means the same thing as "flammable"...
May
28
comment Is it true that Chinese speakers have troubles with 'r's and 'l's in English words?
...I was googling for something, and clicked on this link because the little description underneath looked promising...And to my surprise found myself here. I feel incredibly proud for some reason. :)
May
28
comment Word for “decorated too much”
I like "bedizen." I'm not sure when I would ever use it, but I like it. I can very easily imagine using "baroquify," but I do like making up words. :)
May
28
revised Word for “decorated too much”
eradicated an errant space