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Nov
13
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Nov
3
comment Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?
So in many cases, I believe it is worth trying to find alternatives for -man compounds; I don’t try to police how others speak, but I do consider this in choosing my own words. I agree in this case that craftsmanship doesn’t seem to retain any gendered connotations (going both on my own intuition, and corpus searches others have posted in comments). But I don’t think it’s such an open-and-shut case as this and some other answers suggest.
Nov
3
comment Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?
@RegDwight: I agree with your overall conclusion, but I think you dismiss the point more peremptorily than is justified — so for the record, I will give the argument for the other side. The “etymological fallacy” applies only when a compound is semantically opaque, or nearly so. Most -man compounds are not by any means opaque, and it’s been reasonably argued that in some cases, their use does reinforce gendered stereotypes; craftsman might well be such an example. “If I see discrimination where there is none” — none may be intended, but it may be caused/perpetuated nonetheless. [cont’d]
Oct
29
revised Is the genderless pronoun “they” appropriate and grammatical for a non-binary gender?
added link to another answer here, as further illustration of variation in usage
Oct
28
answered Is the genderless pronoun “they” appropriate and grammatical for a non-binary gender?
Oct
26
comment What is the inverse of “detect”, meaning “to lose sight of”?
Disregard doesn’t seem right to me at all. If you say “I disregarded the signal”, it carries a strong connotation that you could have paid attention to it, but did not choose to. This is almost the opposite of what is asked for — trying to keep the signal, but being unable. Miss seems also not quite right, though not so far off: “I missed the signal” suggests in most contexts that you never detected it in the first place. In the right context it can work (“The beeping had been going all night. Suddenly, he missed it.”) but such contexts are fairly narrow.
Oct
25
comment Is “epitomize” somewhat presumptuous when used to describe my own work?
Typifies is another possibility.
Oct
5
comment Verb for getting eggs from hens
These suggestions are fun, playful, fanciful ways of describing the action. None of them are common or ordinary words for it. In the right context, using these could be fun; but when context isn’t clear, many of these might be difficult for listeners/readers to understand.
Sep
15
comment What is the common expression to describe position starting from the last one?
As a Brit, I’d would usually just say “the third last letter”, no preposition required.
Sep
12
awarded  Custodian
Sep
12
reviewed Leave Open Does the term “abusive” connote intent?
Sep
8
comment Which is correct: 'as beautiful as her' or 'as beautiful as she'?
@AffableGeek: modern grammarians agree that than him etc. are perfectly correct, at least in informal style: see, for instance, the (pretty authoritative) Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Ch.5, §16.2.1. It was true in the past that than he etc. were the standard versions, but language evolves. From CGEL: “If the complement of than or as can be expanded by the addition of a verb to which the pronoun is subject, then formal style has a nominative, informal style an accusative.”
Sep
8
comment Which is correct: 'as beautiful as her' or 'as beautiful as she'?
A reference backing up this answer, incidentally: Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Ch.5, §16.2.1. “If the complement of than or as can be expanded by the addition of a verb to which the pronoun is subject, then formal style has a nominative, informal style an accusative.” It discusses whether the standard argument for why they ‘logically should’ be nominatives is sound, and reckons it’s debatable, but concludes “whatever the answer, the accusatives are clearly fully acceptable in informal style.”
Aug
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
28
comment What is the name of the sign indicating positive or negative numbers
Mathematician here — I second this answer, in my experience both among professional mathematicians and in talking to people who use maths in other fields.
Aug
12
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
30
comment Is “our and other” correct?
@bib: at least in my field, referring directly “this paper”, “this study”, etc. is Not Done in academic writing, rather like referring to oneself directly as “I”. And again like that, there are some very awkward conventional circumlocutions — “the present paper”, for instance, is a standard alternative. No idea why, but it’s one of those well-entrenched quirks of academic style that it takes a brave author to break from.
Jul
28
comment Sentence in which “its” and “it's” can be interchanged without changing the meaning?
Another technique for your list: have other words in the sentence that can change grammatical rôle. Steve Bennett’s answer gives an example which changes meaning, but is at least grammatical both ways: “I want to hold the cat before it[’]s shot.” I can’t quite see how to adapt this to one without a change of meaning, but it seems hopeful!
Jul
27
comment Sentence in which “its” and “it's” can be interchanged without changing the meaning?
A variant that avoids some of the quibbles: “I never know when to put an apostrophe in its.”
Jul
18
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