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Long-time Informix user and developer, experienced in C and Unix (many variants). Email: jonathan.leffler@gmail.com

Jan
23
comment Is there a reason behind the ordering of letters in the English alphabet?
It's funny - there are at least two 'English' alphabets; the UK English one (the definitive English English alphabet?) that has zed as its twenty-sixth letter, and the US English (American alphabet?) that has zee as its twenty-sixth letter.
Jan
21
comment “Oyster perpetual”
+1: I think part of the significance of 'Oyster' is that its casing is sealed as tight as an oyster - water does not get in.
Jan
20
comment Issues with articles
@Anderson: If you say "On Wall Street", you are using a proper name, and I wouldn't use any article, any more than I'd say "If I address a comment to an [or 'the'] Anderson Silva, he will respond" - because there is only one Anderson in this context. I could use "I wonder which of the 20 people named Anderson Silva living in [some country] will respond; it would be fun to have an Anderson Silva talk to me". Then the article 'an' is appropriate.
Jan
20
revised Issues with articles
Ouch - missing 'eed' at word 3! (Cries with shame - the ignominy of it!)
Jan
19
answered When does a mistake become standard usage?
Jan
19
answered Issues with articles
Jan
19
comment “Cancelled” or “Canceled”?
Funny that it isn't 'speled' like that!
Jan
18
answered Should there be a comma before “though” when it occurs at the end of a sentence?
Jan
18
awarded  Critic
Jan
17
answered “Worse comes to worst” or “worst comes to worst”
Jan
17
comment Use like something in a sentence
@Borror0: if I had edit privileges, perhaps. I don't have them (yet). I suspect that the OP is speaking English as a second language; I hope that my explanations will help him or her improve their 'Use of English' - as well as provide an answer to the direct or main question.
Jan
17
comment Use like something in a sentence
Because I'm an old fuddy-duddy? Probably. The slash is meant to mean 'or', and the word looks better. The English style books that I learned from discouraged the slash - so I'm reiterating what I learned a long time ago. In engineering circles, 'week/day' would be 'weeks per day', and the answer had better be 1/7 (unless you're working in business weeks, in which case, I suppose it is 1/5).
Jan
17
answered Use like something in a sentence
Jan
16
answered Why is it “on *the* one hand”?
Jan
16
answered Were contractions less common in olden days?
Jan
16
answered What does “the D word” mean in the context of discussing the pros and cons of marriage over co-habitation?
Jan
15
revised “Forgot” vs “Forget”
Fix I/you confusion
Jan
15
answered “Forgot” vs “Forget”
Jan
14
revised What's the difference between “yet another” and “another”?
Add to info
Jan
14
answered What's the difference between “yet another” and “another”?