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Feb
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Feb
16
comment The move from towards toward toward?
Very thorough answer. I wonder if you've any thoughts on why 'backward(s), upward(s), downward(s)' etc all stress the first syllable in speech, whereas 'toward(s)' stresses the second, even when pronounced as 'tord(z)'?
Feb
6
comment Should “Big Bang Theory” be hyphenated?
@BrianHitchcock What do you mean by 'the wrong reasons'? I clearly said that pedestrian, when used singly, can be both a noun and an adjective. I also clearly said that when hyphenated it was linked to 'detection'.
Jan
28
comment Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement
Maybe times have changed. But if you're so sure you're right, and are prepared to hunt out style guides to prove so, why did you bother asking the question in the first place?
Jan
28
comment Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement
Mrs Jackson, primary school c1970. I've no reason to doubt what she taught me and have never had this particular style point corrected by anyone since (and I've done plenty of editing and proofreading). You'll find plenty of style guides through google.
Jan
28
revised Alternative, softer word for 'Employee'?
wrong word usage
Jan
28
comment If you use semicolons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?
bare should be bear - is that spelling in the original sentence?
Jan
28
comment How do you describe something bad, that everyone wants?
Maybe death wish?
Jan
28
comment Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement
@whippoorwill, I didn't make the rule, if you look in any style guide you will find it as I said, at least for BrEng. If you were not the downvoter I would like them to explain their downvote.
Jan
25
comment “My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”
This matter is too complicated for me, I'll leave it in the hands of my father. (More metaphorical hands rather than actual hands).
Jan
25
answered Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement
Jan
25
answered because I am funny, not good-looking
Jan
25
comment Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)?
@ChrisH Yes I realise that, unfortunately the keyboard is the tool by which we implement the software, so until manufacturers start putting 2 separate keys for hyphens and dashes, we're stuck with it.
Jan
25
comment Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)?
One problem is that standard keyboards insert a hyphen first, and only convert it to a dash if you follow this pattern: word-space-hyphen-space-word-space (which then converts to word-space-dash-space-word-space). If you deviate from this in any way, eg by cutting and pasting or accidentally typing 2 spaces, it will remain as hyphen, necessitating tedious manual corrections if you are a perfectionist. Pain in the proverbial. Maybe the BBC have special keyboards that allow you to easily select a hyphen or dash, I have no idea.
Jan
21
comment A word for “groups of populations”
@EdwinAshworth Hmmmm I can't see what's wrong with the second, what am I missing?
Jan
21
comment A word for “groups of populations”
Perhaps 'have affected significant proportions of bird populations'? In any case, I would delete 'out' in your original sentence.
Jan
21
comment What's wrong with 'In the beginning the characters are shortly introduced'?
I agree, shortly is completely wrong here. I think it probably means 'briefly'. Of course the other meaning of 'short' is 'curt', ie short to the point of rudeness, but I'm guessing the characters are not rudely introduced!
Jan
21
comment Antonym of “deficiency”
Or, you could say that if there isn't a fault then there's no need to file a report! There's already too much paperwork in the world....................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Jan
21
comment Should “Big Bang Theory” be hyphenated?
There is no such thing as a 'pedestrian algorithm' (as far as I know!) but the rule stands because there are plenty of instances where it could be misunderstood. Compare: "I saw a man-eating shark" (I saw a shark of a species known to eat people) and "I saw a man eating shark" (I saw a man enjoying a plate of shark meat). Does that help? :)
Jan
21
comment Word that Describes the Motion of an Accordion
+1 for ebb and flow, but if they're wheezing they need mending!