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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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answered The inclusion of “got” in “I've got a question for you.”
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comment Which is correct: “math” or “maths”?
@WS2 Merriam-Webster calls "mathematics" a "noun plural but usually singular in construction". You remove "ematics" from "mathematics" and you are left with "math". And FWIW, the shortened form for "economics" is "econ".
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awarded  Good Answer
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comment When did it become correct to add an “s” to a singular possessive already ending in “‑s”?
@KonradViltersten looking at the date, it looks like it was during my two-week notice period after quitting my previous job and before starting my new one.
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comment Noun to describe a “typo-filled” letter
No offense, but if you can't be bothered to write complete sentences and fix typos in your e-mails, then you're being an e-mail boor. When I see a disclaimer like that at the bottom of messages, it's just a sign to me that my interlocutor is not just being rude accidentally, but that they've gone to the trouble of premeditating their boorishness. And if they've gone to trouble to use elegant language, curt, misspelled messages sting even more. My advice: never use an e-mail signature like that.
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answered What is the origin of the suffix: 'ship'?
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comment Are focusing adverbs exceptions of adverb definitions?
@FumbleFingers but you're right--my example is misleading because single-word constituents can still be modified. I have removed that part of my answer.
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revised Are focusing adverbs exceptions of adverb definitions?
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comment Are focusing adverbs exceptions of adverb definitions?
@FumbleFingers sure--where only is modifying the constituent "one other director"