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I want patience and I want it now.

Also, I find that nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Laziness is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

正宗で大根を切る。

言い出しっぺ。

Some of the smartest things people have ever said:

No language makes perfect sense. — John McWhorter

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. — Carl Jung

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. — George Santayana

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. — Savielly Tartakower

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision — Bertrand Russell

Every good thing that happens in your life is a gift. — Yours Truly

If you can't practice self-denial, all you're left with is denial. — Ibid.

(Note: I edited my bio for a hat.)


Jan
19
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
And how did you arrive at that opinion?
Jan
19
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
@PeterShor: Well, I think it's more likely an example of tmesis, actually, in which case the "nother" would still be part of another.
Jan
19
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
If, as I suspect, "nother" is an abbreviation of "another" then it could easily front a sentence.
Jan
19
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
@Mitch: "Gotten gains are always ill."
Jan
19
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
For any word X, it would be possible to say "X is a word that cannot grammatically begin a sentence." So, no.
Jan
19
comment Avoiding hyphens completely
@Andrew: Is "different to" a Britishism? I only ever hear "different from" or "different than".
Jan
19
comment The Copyeditor's Handbook says this is not a suspended compound
This handbook needs to be taken with a grain of salt. If you need to be governed by some outside ruling, follow it. Otherwise use your own judgment.
Jan
18
comment Our hope and prayer is/are?
The usual expression involves the plural: "hopes and prayers." So you would use the plural copula.
Jan
18
comment Repeating determiners: “the X and (the) Y”
I don't think it's that cut and dried. You'd have to use more words to clear up the ambiguity.
Jan
18
comment Repeating determiners: “the X and (the) Y”
I don't see how, when splitting into two noun phrases, the verb doesn't apply to both. If it doesn't, the first noun phrase lacks a verb.
Jan
18
comment Repeating determiners: “the X and (the) Y”
Unless you desire to stress each item: "The table and the chairs are damaged." In that case you'd probably give a vocal stress to and.
Jan
18
comment Are you sure to delete or are you sure you want to delete
"Are you sure you want to delete this item?" would be correct. The other asks if someone is certain to delete something, and says nothing about choice.
Jan
18
comment shipment has been lost vs ~is missing
Both are. They mean different things. The first sentence implies that the shipment may yet be found, while the second leaves open no such possibility.
Jan
18
comment logic of a since-clause that leads to the idea of the main clause as a reason
If it is uniquely identifiable to the hearer, would that not also make it familiar?
Jan
18
revised logic of a since-clause that leads to the idea of the main clause as a reason
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Jan
17
answered An expression that is the opposite of Mortons's fork
Jan
17
comment usage of the term “former” to apply to the dead
@Rye123: You don't have to call any attention to the fact that historical figures are dead, except if that fact may be news to the listener. We normally don't feel obliged to specify that Julius Caesar, Jan van Eyck, Henry VIII or FDR are dead.
Jan
17
comment usage of the term “former” to apply to the dead
@HotLicks: We should be so lucky.
Jan
17
comment usage of the term “former” to apply to the dead
Unfortunately, it's a bit too late to say "the late president Franklin Delano Roosevelt." That is reserved for the recently deceased.
Jan
17
answered A word for a collection of unorganized and unrelated little things