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Full disclosure: I have a degree in linguistics, and so I am partial to descriptivist approaches to questions of usage. For me, assertions of correctness or incorrectness that are not reflective of actual usage are highly questionable.

I am a native speaker of American English.

My real name is David Friedland and my e-mail address is david.friedland@gmail.com. Feel free to contact me directly.


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awarded  Good Answer
Dec
17
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
@TRomano how is the realm new? How is this not just an example of recency illusion? Is there evidence that there is something actually novel going on, or just a minor shift in how trends spread?
Dec
16
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
So is the need for a new name for slang that it's spread by written word rather than spoken word, or that it is fast ("insta-")?
Dec
16
comment Do lexicographers have a formal term for Insta-cant
Slang has always been mostly ephemeral. I'm not sure there is evidence supporting a qualitative difference in how it works in contemporary society than how it used to work. Probably just yet another example of the recency illusion.
Dec
15
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
13
comment Correct usage of the verb “tense”
it's not a verb, it's an adjective
Dec
12
answered What is a very large room in a building called?
Dec
9
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
20
revised Why “unequal” but “inequality”?
+link to wikipedia for blocking
Nov
16
comment The relationship between negative numbers and moral negatives
Do you have any examples?
Nov
15
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
13
comment A subset of our services were/was? Grammar
@p.s.w.g Indeed, though the first example is one of plural "total", another collective noun singular in form but plural in construction.
Nov
13
revised A subset of our services were/was? Grammar
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Nov
13
answered A subset of our services were/was? Grammar
Nov
6
comment What is the difference between “to view” and “to see”?
@SrJoven, I agree you can have a look and you can't have a see, but you can have look-see
Nov
4
comment “Theater” vs. “Theatre” in American English
@Mari-LouA change "graph" to "chart" in the URL and you will get a static image, with the legend at the top
Oct
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
17
comment Is sunsetted a valid word?
It depends on what you think makes a usage of a word valid.
Oct
17
revised “Theater” vs. “Theatre” in American English
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Oct
16
revised “Theater” vs. “Theatre” in American English
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