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Feb
14
comment Wilde's imaginary name Bunbury: absurd?
No real idea, but it might be relevant to note that Henry William Bunbury was a famous caricaturist. Though he died in the early 1800s, his work---and the history books written by his son Sir Henry Bunbury---would likely have been known to Wilde. The latter's writing was known for having a sense of humor. Although "bun" as in "buttocks" is from the 1960s, it had a colloquial meaning in Wilde's time of "tail of a hare."
Jan
19
comment Punctuation after “I couldn't help but to think” introducing a quote — colon or comma?
Just because I always seek to get better, I'd love whoever downvoted my answer to let me know why!
Dec
19
comment Is using passive voice “bad form”?
There is a good discussion on this topic, including positive uses of the passive voice, on the writers stackechange: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/742/…
Dec
17
comment “Feeding” data or “entering” data: which one is correct?
I was speaking of popular usage as I have experienced it in my time working with technology. It isn't 100%, of course, by in my experience when someone says that data was fed into the system they are referring to automatic means... which is why I made a comment rather than proposing an answer!
Dec
17
comment “Feeding” data or “entering” data: which one is correct?
That's what I meant. If the free version is a lesser version, I was curious if the paid online version was the equivalent of the paper books. I assume it is!
Dec
16
comment “Feeding” data or “entering” data: which one is correct?
@Barrie -- is the paid version of the OED online available from many libraries the same content as the OED?
Dec
16
comment “Feeding” data or “entering” data: which one is correct?
Commonly, feeding data implies something that is automatically input into a system, while entering implies data input into a system by hand. Both are grammatically correct.
Dec
16
answered Punctuation after “I couldn't help but to think” introducing a quote — colon or comma?
Dec
9
comment Word for person who loves to share knowledge
Pedagogue has a rather negative connotation, though.
Dec
8
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Dec
8
comment Where do I use (and not use) “that?” (not a vs. “this” question)
To the editor: style guides differ when it comes to the capitalization of an independent clause following a colon. Just sayin'.
Dec
8
comment Where do I use (and not use) “that?” (not a vs. “this” question)
So, the "the nothing that was there" is grammatically sound and the "that" in my example sentences should both be omitted?
Dec
8
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Dec
8
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Dec
8
revised Where do I use (and not use) “that?” (not a vs. “this” question)
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Dec
8
comment Where do I use (and not use) “that?” (not a vs. “this” question)
Yeah, the was/were sentence is from a quick draft [fixed]. Mea culpa. I wish I were a French speaker in this life!
Dec
8
asked Where do I use (and not use) “that?” (not a vs. “this” question)
Dec
4
answered Category hierarchies or tiers?
Dec
4
comment Is it correct to say “more time”?
It's clearly grammatical and not slang...but I'd love to hear what your teacher preferred as the alternative.
Dec
4
answered What is the meaning of the phrase “we-find-each-other's-lame-jokes-funny vibe”?