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Bonjour tout le monde !

Full disclosure: I strive to balance my descriptive/prescriptive scale, but I am admittedly prone to the prescriptive. Shamelessly.

This site looks like a great tool to observe commonly accepted idiomatic expressions in this ever-changing bastard child of a language. I speak a "common" middle American English with some beautiful influences from the South, and I am also fluent in Continental and Québécois French.

Foreign languages and linguistics are my passion (B.A. McGill 2008), and I have a heavy background in Latin (caveat emptor) as well as working competencies in Italian, Spanish, and German.

While teaching is my vocation, I'm taking a break from it now to work on my Master's, and I work taking orders and vending vittles for a corporate restaurant near you. This delightful job gives me a great sampling of language usages, and I am eager to share and learn.

I also enjoy long walks on the beach and foreign films.


Jul
11
comment Verb for librarian giving book to library visitor
"Loan" is not a verb.
Jul
11
comment When do you underline a title?
This may be a general knowledge question as many resources are openly available to help.
Jul
11
revised When do you underline a title?
further explanation
Jul
11
answered When do you underline a title?
Jul
10
reviewed Reviewed Is there a word that describes the swift and skillful covering of the natural emotions?
Jul
10
comment Why do the first and last “t” in “taste” sound different?
Hin, you might have a great ear for (literally) minimal pairs with phonemes in English that are often ignored by native speakers. The fine differences in voc onset time and syllable stress cannot, however, be accurately reproduced by a machine. Be wary of the computer-generated pronunciation. The interdental onset may be less of the perceived affricate when English does not have a near pair with a difference in meaning, but I also suspect you are hearing a stop.
Jul
10
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Jul
10
reviewed Reviewed “Compared with” vs “Compared to”—which is used when?
Jul
10
comment “Compared with” vs “Compared to”—which is used when?
Would you say the difference is between "to compare" and "to contrast"? You contrast the differences and compare the similarities.
Jul
10
comment May you please explain this?
I have heard this usage only from young children who are still using early language acquisition logic to parse grammatical rules (i.e. *runned). For a teenager to make this mistake is learned and unchecked hypercorrection, dare I say Night of the Living Mass Media.
Jul
10
comment May you please explain this?
"Would you" and "could you" border on hypercorrection of will you.
Jul
10
comment best way to express urgency status
I recommend answering your own question if you already know the answer. Your example could easily end with a reason unrelated to haste, as in, "You must not have a sense of urgency since you're always late." More context, please.
Jul
10
reviewed Reviewed Is the following the correct usage for the word “read”: “Read a dictionary”
Jul
10
comment Why do people say “to be honest”?
Frankly, my dear, I think some people just don't give a damn. In my humble opinion, it's just as pointless as prefacing or concluding a statement with a phrase indicating that this is what you think, I tell you what.
Jul
10
reviewed No Action Needed keeping maiden name after marriage
Jul
10
comment keeping maiden name after marriage
There is a syllable count element going on, as well as the alliteration, voiced/unvoiced consonant sonorance, not to mention the social aspect of calling someone what you've already heard her called.
Jul
10
comment keeping maiden name after marriage
Isn't the Br.E (among other languages) convention for the stop used when the abbreviation does not end with the same letter as the word, not just for an abbreviation in general?
Jul
10
reviewed Reviewed Appropriate word for very fast
Jul
10
comment Appropriate word for very fast
This might be an ELL.se issue, as it sounds unnatural in more than one way. I would welcome more context. "Quickly" may be the adverb you're after.
Jul
10
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